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Keep Yourself Safe From DENGUE With These Simple Tips

Dengue cases are sharply rising in many parts of India. A new virulent strain known as DENV-2 is said to be causing severe fever and bad outcomes.We need to be just as careful in our approach and follow critical measures to control the spread of dengue and other seasonal infections.

The most common symptom of Dengue is FEVER, and other symptoms may include:

  1. Headache

  2. Rash

  3. Eye pain

  4. Muscle, joint, or bone pain

  5. Nausea and vomiting

  6. Unusual bleeding or bruising (nose or gum bleed, small red spots under the skin)

Severe dengue is an emergency. Here are a few warning signs:

Watch for these signs and symptoms of severe dengue 24-48 hours after the fever goes away.

  1. Stomach or belly pain, tenderness

  2. Vomiting (at least three times in 24 hours)

  3. Bleeding from the nose or gums

  4. Vomiting blood, or blood in the stool

  5. Feeling tired, restless, or irritable

If you are sick with dengue

Take paracetamol or acetaminophen to control fever and relieve pain

Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen

  1. Drink lots of fluids and get plenty of rest to prevent dehydration

  2. Rest in a screened or air-conditioned room or under a bed net while you have a fever

Prevent Dengue With These Tips:

Use Insect Repellents

Always use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents. EPA-registered insect repellents are proven to be safe and effective even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Tips for Children:

  1. Cover strollers or baby carriers with mosquito netting

  2. Dress children with clothing that covers arms and legs

While using insect repellent on your child:

  1. Always follow instructions provided on the label

  2. Do not use products containing oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD) on children below three years of age

  3. Avoid insect repellent to a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, cuts, or irritated skin

Adults: Spray insect repellent onto your hands and then apply it to a child’s face.

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