Dengue Fever Treatment becomes a national problem in post-monsoon months due to LACK OF KNOWLEDGE to a Common Man.
All the hospitals become fully packed with dengue patients, due to FEAR.
PLATELETS become out of stock because each patient has a FALSE IDEA that only platelet infusion can save his life.
Dengue Fever Treatment: Must-Know Facts for a Common Man.
- 90 out of 100 patients DO NOT NEED HOSPITALIZATION & can easily recover in their home.
- Body water / Fluid loss cause DEATH in dengue patients, & NOT Low Platelet Count. Hence High Liquid Diet is the Most Important Medicine in dengue fever treatment.
Dengue Fever Treatment: Step by Step Treatment.
Fever In Post-Monsoon Month (August, September, October)
If a fever occurs in these months, it must be most probably Dengue or Chikungunya.
If A Sudden High Fever ( Around 40℃/104℉) is Present With At Least 02 Of the Following Symptoms:
- Pain in/behind the eyes
Pain increases when there is a bright light in the room
- Intense / a Severe headache
- Muscles and joint pains or Whole body / generalized pain.
Due to this pain, dengue fever is also called Breakbone fever (Haddi Tod Bukhaar in hindi).
- Vomiting (or feeling like vomiting)
- Rash (Reddish color of skin. See pic.)
Most of the patients develop a rash on 1st or 2nd day of the disease
- Swollen gland
- Low WBC Count ( a blood test which can easily be done in the laboratory)
…..then the patient is most probably suffering from dengue fever.
These symptoms may continue for 2-7 days.
Can I Differentiate Between Dengue & Chikungunya On The First Day of Fever?
It’s very difficult to differentiate between the two because of the very common initial symptoms of dengue & chikungunya.
Only laboratory test (IgG, IgM, NS1 etc.) can assure the presence of dengue but it can be done only after 04-05 days.
Then, Should I Wait For 04-05 Days For Confirmatory Lab Test?
NO, we should not wait. Because after 04-05 days, if lab test confirms Chikungunya then there is no problem.
But if it is dengue, then these 04-05 days waiting period may worsen patients’ condition.
In these 04-05 days, in most of the patients, the platelet count becomes below 60,000 (per microliter).
At or below this platelet count, a patient needs to be admitted in the hospital, ONLY FOR SUPERVISION & Fluid therapy/saline infusion.
Then, What should I do?
From the first hour of fever, start the following:
- Plenty of ORAL FLUIDS
- DENGUE MEDICINE
In his clinical practice, Vaidya (Dr) Ranjeet Sharma has been using this medicine successfully from last several years on innumerable patients.
- Paracetamol (Only if required).
Within 01 week, most of the patients easily get well without any admission to a hospital.
Dengue Fever Treatment: Rush to the hospital if you see this.
Only a few patients show complications and need to rush to a hospital.
Even then, every dengue patient must take precaution.
Platelet Count below 60,000 (per microliter).
From the 3rd day of fever, Platelet count should be done once in 24 hours (in a laboratory).
If platelet count falls below 60,000 (per microliter), contact your doctor.
If the doctor advises, admit the patient for precautionary purpose & symptomatic management.
The doctors give saline (a liquid substance) by drips (Intravenous).
A Higher value of Hematocrit (HCT) or Packed Cell Volume (PCV) Test.
HCT test is another name of PCV test and it is a blood test. Any laboratory can easily do HCT (or PCV) Test. HCT test should be done once in 24 hours (in a laboratory).
If a value of HCT is higher than normal value, contact your doctor for hospital admission
The doctors would start saline (a liquid substance) by drips (Intravenous).
In short, if there is High Hematocrit (HCT) value + Low Platelets value, then rush to the hospital.
When Fever / Temperature Decreases (Below 38℃/100℉ ), Be Careful.
This occurs between 3rd to 7th day of the disease.
Most of the patients show No complication with temperature decrease (below 38℃/100℉), but even then keep a careful watch.
Some patients may show the following symptoms or complications along with temperature decrease (below 38℃/100℉ ) :
- Severe abdominal pain
- Continuous vomiting
- Blood in vomitus
- Nose bleeding
- Bleeding of gums
- Difficulty in breathing
- Liver enlargement
- Fatigue or weakness
- Restlessness or Lethargy
- Low Blood Pressure
If this happens, contact your doctor & rush to the hospital without wasting even a single second.
This is all about dengue fever treatment.
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