To learn more about Dengue, including how to spot the symptoms, CLICK HERE to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fact Sheet.
If you think you or a family member could have dengue, consult a doctor immediately. If the doctor said the patient does not need to stay in the hospital, there are many things you can do to help him or her recover. Below is a list of things to do compiled by the CDC.
WHILE THEY HAVE A FEVER:
Let the patient rest as much as possible.
Control the Fever
Give acetaminophen or paracetamol (Tylenol) every 6 hours (maximum 4 doses per day). Do not give ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) aspirin, or aspirin containing drugs.
Sponge patient's skin with cool water if fever stays high.
Dehydration can occur when a person loses too much fluid from high fevers, vomiting, or poor oral intake.
Give plenty of fluids and watch for signs of dehydration.
Bring patient to clinic or emergency room if any of the following signs develop: decrease in urination, few or no tears when child cries, dry mouth, tongue or lips, sunken eyes, listlessness or overly agitated or confused, fast heart beat (more than 100 per minute), cold or clammy fingers and toes, sunken fontanel in infant
Prevent Spread of Dengue in Your House
Place patient under bed net or use insect repellent on the patient while they have a fever. Mosquitoes that bite the patient can go on to bite and infect others.
Kill all mosquitoes in house and empty containers that carry water on patio.
Put screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from coming into house.
WHILE FEVER IS GOING AWAY:
Watch for warning signs as temperature declines 3 to 7 days after symptoms began. Return IMMEDIATELY to clinic or emergency department if any of the following warning signs appear:
Severe abdominal pain or persistent vomiting
Red spots or patches on the skin
Bleeding from nose or gums
Black, tarry stools
Drowsiness or irritability
Pale, cold, or clammy skin