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Alert: Do not take Painkillers as Medicines for Dengue!

Image of Aedes aegypti: mosquito causing dengue

BY DR KHOOBSURAT NAJMA

If you have been diagnosed with dengue or if you have an undiagnosed high grade fever with body aches do not take Aspirin, Ibuprofen or any other painkiller. Taking these medicines can reduce platelet counts, which can be very dangerous for dengue patients as their platelet counts are already decreased by the illness

SPREAD:

  • Dengue is spread by Aedes mosquito that breeds in stagnant water
  • Aedes mosquitoes are identified by typical black and white markings on their body and legs
  • Aedes mosquitos mostly bite on the arms and legs
  • They bite up to three times in a day and only during the daytime

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

Dengue is characterized by high grade fever (upto 106°F) lasting 2-7 days with two or more of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle, bone and joint pain
  • Pain behind eyes
  • Widespread rash
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Minor bleeding from gums or nose

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • Most people recover within a week or so. In some, symptoms worsen and can become life-threatening
  • The complications associated with Dengue fever usually appear between the 3rd to 5th day of illness
  • Be watchful and alert after the fever comes down
  • Keep the body temperature below 102°F
  • Take paracetamol for fever as advised by the doctor
  • Take large amounts of fluids (3-4 liters/day) in the form of water, soup, milk, juice
  • Rest as much as possible
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26 thoughts on “Alert: Do not take Painkillers as Medicines for Dengue!

    1. Dr. Khoobsurat Najma Post author

      Mr Irfan, Dengue fever is accompanied by severe body pains, bone pains and headache. The diagnosis can be correctly made by a doctor only. So, it is best to consult a doctor.

  1. mohd sarver

    Very nice information about dengue….bt why dr. Used falcigo (artimisnin compound) ….its not maleria..cn u explain it.

  2. Anil Bedi

    Thanks for your valuable advice.its very kind of you if you will suggest some medicines as a prelimanary precaution…

    1. Dr. Khoobsurat Najma Post author

      Mr Bedi, the best precaution is to prevent stagnant water from accumulating in your home and neighbourhood, using mosquito replant nets and spraying DDT in water clogged places.

  3. SHIRISHKUMAR PANDYA

    Your post are very useful sir however its my personal experience that Papiya leaves juice is the best medicine for dengue. Take only one tea spoon Papaiya leaves juice WITH HONEY ( no plain juice) 2/3 times a day and will b recovered within 1 or maximum 2 days. This is my personal views people can use their prudent. Thnxs n regards

  4. M Siva prasad

    In Dengue cases Refer Micro Labs product CARIPILL tablets to raise the platelets count No need to take papaya juice

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