Monsoon season and mosquito woes

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The monsoon season in India (From June to September end) is one of the peak breeding times for mosquitoes. Stagnant water, that is rain water, which accumulates in crevices, tins, gutters, catch basins, etc, and is not cleared for a number of days, coupled with garbage and filth becomes the breeding ground for mosquitoes.

This can lead to a spurt in disease conditions including Malaria, Chikungunya and Dengue. Dengue can flummox your doctor, too. While it is treatable once detected, what makes it risky is that it can be quite tricky to diagnose. Transmitted through the bite of an infected female Aedes Aegypti Mosquito, once the germ is in your blood, various symptoms can start to appear within 4-5 days. Quite often though, patients confuse the signs of dengue with other milder conditions/illnesses. Thus it is recommended that should you fall sick during the monsoon season, you must make it a point to visit a doctor at the earliest! Here we’ve covered 5 signs of the disease, which indicate that the patient is affected by dengue and needs medical attention at the earliest.

  1. Fever

The symptoms of dengue are generally similar to that of flu; you will be down with high fever and experience extreme body aches. This fever occurs suddenly and may continue to persist for a long period of time. During this time you will always feel drowsy, irritable and might have issues with breathing.

2. Body Pain 

Along with fever you may experience aches in various parts of your body. These include headache, back pain, muscle pain, joint pain and even pain during eye movement.

3.Skin Rashes

The occurrence of skin allergic reactions such as rashes and redness is also ominous of dengue. The rashes are usually bright red in colour and are seen first in the chest and lower limbs before usually spreading to other parts of the body.

4. Gastrointestinal Disorders 

Gastrointestinal disorders with feelings of nausea and vomiting are pretty common during dengue. You may have black or tarry stools along with abdominal pain. You may also experience diarrhea or gastritis.

5.Bleeding

If you have bruises that do not heal easily along with sudden bleeding from under your skin, your mouth, nose or gums, this could also foretell dengue.

In cases where dengue may become life-threatening, the condition is called Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF). People diagnosed with DHF may have circulatory system failure. The platelet count is remarkably low in such patients.

While it is imperative to consult a medical practitioner and get yourself tested immediately if you experience one or more symptoms above, especially during the monsoons- prevention is always better than cure. Your doctor may order blood tests to confirm the disease.Try to keep your house clean and dry at all times, wear mosquito repellant if you’re outdoors, and keeps your arms and legs covered whenever possible. Cheers to a healthy monsoon!

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Dr Rahul has Masters in Maxillofacial Surgery with an overall experience of six years. Since the last 2 years, he is working in the Medical operations team of Portea. An Alumni of the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health and Science, he has previously worked with Nationwide- The Family Doctors while as their Chief Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon and Implantologist. He has a special interest in Facial Trauma Surgery, Dental Implantology and Facial aesthetic surgery. It is not only medicine that fascinates Rahul. He is a die-hard sports enthusiast with a strong passion for Football, Basketball, and Cricket and occasionally strums the guitar, too.

1 COMMENT

  1. thanks for the post!
    Very tough time this with mosquitoes. Need to be very careful with them as Dengue fever is in the city. Yes, fever and skin rashes are the two major problems.

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