Dengue Fever – 5 Best Ways to Protect Yourself

Dengue infection, is one of the most fatal disease caused by female Aedes mosquitoes. Every year, dengue epidemic ends up in a huge number of deaths across the nation. Dengue fever is a tropical-borne viral infection, which spreads very fast. The easiest way to stay safe from the dengue infection is to make sure that your surroundings are clear of mosquitos. According to medical care experts, during monsoon season there is a rise in dengue cases. Therefore, take appropriate measure to protect yourself and your family from the deadly infection.

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The symptoms of dengue are high fever, vomiting, severe headache, pain beneath the eyes and skin rash, etc. If the patient experience any of these symptoms, it is necessary to visit a doctor or get a pathology test done as soon as possible. Although, there is no proper medication for dengue as it is still under development phase, therefore it is better to prevent the disease than curing it. The preventive steps for dengue generally include measures to stop mosquito breeding and ways to prevent mosquito bites. Here are few simple preventions which will keep you safe from the fatal dengue fever:

1.Apply mosquito repellant:

Since mosquitos are present everywhere, therefore the best way to stay safe from the Aedes mosquito bite is by applying the mosquito repellant. Before applying the repellant, make sure that your hands are clean and steer clear it from your eyes. If you have any injury or cut on your body, do not apply the repellant on the wounded part as this can cause infection. Keep it away from the children. Use insect spray comprising of parathyroids especially during dusk and dawn.

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2. Cover yourself properly:

Protect yourself from mosquito bite by wearing full-sleeve shirts and long pants. Try to cover your entire body in order to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes.

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3. Sleep inside a mosquito net:

Sleep in the mosquito net to ensure a good night’s sleep. This is the simplest and the most effective method to prevent yourself from mosquito bite.

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4. Keep your indoor and outdoor clean:

Cleaning your house is the basic and simplest step in protecting you and your family from dengue. A dirty house can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Therefore, ensure you don’t store water in any container or a pot for a longer period of time. Don’t store any water unnecessarily and place fresh water in containers and vessel on every alternate day. Keep your wet garbage  separately. If there are any holes in the house or pending repair work, get it done at the earliest. Cover items that hold water, such as drum, bucket, pool, flower pot, etc. Close your windows and doors properly. There should not be any stagnant water lying around your house, as mosquitoes lay on the motionless water.

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5. Follow good hygiene:

Wash your hands with soap regularly and also replace your hand towel after a day’s use. Keep your wet clothes and shoes  away from the dry clothes.

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If you or anyone in the family is suffering from dengue fever symptoms, it is very important to consult your doctor or visit a pathology lab near you and get your blood test done. There is no treatment for dengue as such, therefore it is advisable to remain vigilant and take preventive measures to protect yourself from the deadly disease in the first place. If any family member, suffers from the dengue fever, then the chances of other family members to get the disease are higher. Dengue is a preventable infection, taking necessary measures to keep yourself and your closed ones safer is the vital step.

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