Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Do and Don’ts during Dengue

For doctors, it is not at all an easy catch to treat dengue patients, but the nonprofessional would think of every possible way through which dengue can be treated. Most commonly, people think that antibiotics can treat dengue, as they do most infections. Many people also feel that dengue is a contagious disease that can be easily transmitted from one person to another. Moreover, some think that they can be vaccinated against dengue.
Therefore, here is a list for you to know what to do and what not to do in Dengue Fever,
What to Do in Dengue Fever
ü  The first thing you need to do is visit a doctor immediately, if dengue is suspected.
ü  Cases related to Dengue fever/Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever should be observed separately, as they need extra attention of doctor.
ü  If you think the high fever can be the result of dengue, try to keep the body temperature lower than 39 C.
ü  Give paracetamol to the patient suffering from high fever, but not more than four times in a day.
ü  Determine the blood platelet count and haemtocrits count in the patient's body through regular tests, as drop in platelets and rise in haematocrits are important for an early diagnosis of Dengue Fever.
ü  Platelet transfusion is advised, if platelets fall consecutively, but as per doctor's advice and your medicinal history. Continuous monitoring of health of the patient is of utmost importance.
ü  It is essential to give large amount of fluids like juice, milk, water, and soup to dengue patients along with their normal diet.
ü  Keep your surroundings clean and hygienic.

What not to do in Dengue Fever
ü  Never give antibiotics to dengue patients.
ü  Never give Brufen or Aspirin to patient suffering from high fever.

ü  Avoid use of steroids. They do not provide any type of benefit in the treatment of dengue fever.

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