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Is your fever caused by dengue fever or a common viral infection? Here's how to figure it out:
27 Jan' 21

Is your fever caused by dengue fever or a common viral infection? Here's how to figure it out:

 

 

Dengue fever can be quite devastating to a person's health. The most common symptoms include fever and other symptoms such as weariness and joint discomfort, which can be treated and managed at home. Severe symptoms, on the other hand, may necessitate medical intervention. A viral fever, on the other hand, is alarming because it can cause severe chills and body aches, but it only lasts three to five days.  While both dengue and a common viral infection have certain signs and symptoms in common, the former may be more dangerous than the latter in terms of severity, making it all the more vital to distinguish between the two. 

  

Fever is a symptom of a variety of disorders.  

 

A fever, as we all know, can indicate anything. A viral or bacterial infection, a respiratory ailment such as the flu, common cold, COVID-19, heat exhaustion, or even a malignant tumor are all possibilities. Unless you have other symptoms to distinguish one from the other, it's impossible to say what caused your fever.  

  

Fever is the body's response to an invading particle, a virus, or anything else that raises the body's temperature. It's an indication that something isn't quite right with your body and that you should seek medical help. However, unless the temperature rises above 100°F, a fever is cause for alarm, and you must determine the source. 

 

Also read Can the Flu and Dengue fever outbreaks have an impact on the third COVID wave?

  

How to tell the difference between dengue fever and a common viral infection 

 

Almost all infections that cause a high body temperature start with a fever as the first symptom. Dengue fever and a common viral infection can both induce the same symptoms. However, given the recent increase in dengue occurrences and the increased importance of detecting it early, one must be able to distinguish between a fever caused by dengue and one caused by a non-threatening viral condition.  

  

Unlike viral fevers, which are spread through the air by infected people's aerosol droplets or by touching contaminated surfaces, dengue fever is spread by mosquito bites (Aedes Aegypti). Viral fever can persist anywhere from 3 to 7 days, but dengue fever can last anywhere from 2 to 7 days. Viral fever is also contagious and can be spread from one individual to the next. Dengue fever, on the other hand, cannot be transmitted through contact and is not spread through the air. 

  

Dengue fever is a severe form of the disease.  

 

When it comes to viral fevers, they aren't always as severe as those caused by dengue fever. While a typical viral infection might cause symptoms like a runny nose, throat pain, minor body aches, and weakness, dengue patients can develop a high-grade fever, severe body aches, joint pains, and rashes within 24 to 48 hours of the commencement of the fever. 

 

 

Also read What excatly is dengue fever ?

  

Dengue fever can be identified by a low platelet count.  

 

Getting a complete blood count test and a dengue NS1 antigen test is the best and most reliable way to determine if you have a dengue-induced fever. Experts estimate that 80 to 90 percent of dengue patients will have a platelet count of fewer than 100,000, with 10 to 20% of patients having levels of less than 20,000.  

  

Such difficulties will not affect people who are infected with a virus. Low blood platelet counts, on the other hand, may indicate the presence of various disorders. It is recommended that you have yourself tested for the same. 

  

In many places in India, dengue fever is on the rise. 

 

According to recent studies, dengue fever is on the rise in numerous Indian states, including Kerala, Telangana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Odisha. Given the impact of the monsoons and seasonal changes, the number of people infected with mosquito-borne diseases has increased dramatically this year.  

  

According to health officials, the DENV-2 virus, or strain D2 of the four serotypes of dengue virus, is to blame for the abrupt increase in cases and severity. Experts believe that the new strain, in addition to being more virulent, can induce high-grade fever, vomiting, joint problems, altered sensorium, and potentially catastrophic illness. 

  

Because there are no effective vaccines available, prevention is essential.  

 

Because the search for a safe and effective dengue vaccine is still ongoing, the best method to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes is to take preventative steps and follow preventive protocols. Apart from excellent hygiene, it's also important to remember to clean and disinfect standing water sources and avoid water stagnation. Wear long-sleeved clothing and use mosquito repellant as needed. 

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