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Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever

Dengue hemorrhagic fever


Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) is an acute febrile disease which is more common in the tropical regions. It is an extremely painful disease that affects the bones and is also known as break bone fever. The virus of DHF is transmitted by the aedes aegypti type of female mosquito, which carries the virus and is active during daytime. The characteristic feature of these mosquitoes is that they are low flying.

Initially DHF, starts with a sudden fever along with sever headache, pain in the muscle joints and rashes also develop. But in some cases, the rashes may appear after a few days of fever. Other symptoms include nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, Diarrhea and gastritis. The main indication of DHF is that there will be visible bleeding patches on the skin, bleeding from the nose or gums, as also from the gastro intestinal tract and vagina. This kind of severe internal bleeding will lead to serious collapse in the circulatory order. DHF will cause a drop in the blood platelet count until the body regains the normal temperature.

Some other cases of DHF affected people may also experience bleeding from the eyes, nose, and mouth, ear and into the gut. The typical symptom of blood pouring out from skin pores is characteristic of DHF. Some of the common guidelines to prevent DHF are, in the first place, all the breeding places of mosquitoes must be removed, as a precautionary measure anti mosquito lotion can be applied on the exposed skin, the surroundings must be kept clean to prevent the presence of mosquito. The female mosquitoes that spread dengue fever are active only in daytime and therefore, it is better to avoid their contact in day, as much as possible and wearing of light colored clothes is another wise thing, as mosquitoes are allergic to light colored clothes.

Treatment of DHF is very much necessary and it needs the assistance of a medical practitioner. The patient is required to be admitted in a hospital where the vital signs are monitored. To prevent dehydration, oral fluid intake is a must. Since there will be a drop in blood platelets, a platelet transfusion may be required in acute cases. The gastrointestinal bleeding may also warrant red blood cell transfusion. Though the initial stages of dengue fever can be treated with a paracetamol, severe persistent fever needs immediate medical attention.  But DHF is not a contagious disease and will not be acquired through person to person contact.

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