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Understanding the ways to prevent Dengue and Chikungunya

by DrPrem Jagyasi
Dengue

The growing cases of Dengue and Chikungunya in India have now become a major concern. Various reports highlight how the numbers are increasing with the outbreak of these two diseases affecting various parts of the country. Although government take some measures to provide relief to people living in villages and rural areas, but it is still a long road ahead to really get rid of these problems from the root. Even the reported number of deaths across the country due to dengue is close to 46 people.

These numbers may not seem to sound too much when compared to Swine Flu H1N1 deaths, but the reality is that these are just the numbers of the people who are dying, not the numbers of those who are affected by Dengue and Chikungunya. It does not matter whether you live in a Dengue or Chikungunya hit area or not, what matters is how you can prevent it from affecting your family and loved ones.

Blood tests speak a lot

Blood tests

A simple blood test can speak a lot about your health and the same is applicable if you want to consider getting a Dengue Test IGM done for yourself. The minute you start experiencing symptoms like a sudden high fever, a lot of headaches, muscle and joint pain, nausea, fatigue, skin rash or even mild bleeding from the gums or nose, it is advisable to get a blood test done for Dengue and Chikungunya. These are the basic symptoms, which you may experience, and getting to know it well in time can be helpful to ensure that you get the right kind of treatment on time.

Preventive measures that you can take at your end

 medication

Although there is no real treatment for the two, but you do have different ways to prevent yourself from being infected. Simple measures like taking regular tests at any of the Best Pathology LAB Bangalore can be the first move towards protecting yourself.

If you do plan to travel to a tropical area, visit your doctor to take his or her advice on what kind of medications would be advisable and the dosage required. This is essential especially if the potentially infected person –a pregnant woman, a person with a medical condition, a young person like an infant or a kid or old person – is travelling with you. Secondly, you also need to make sure that you pick the right medicine instead of just the ones that you get over the counter.

Wearing long sleeved shirts and full pants is advisable to protect yourself from being bit. Just in case you want to wear something short, then make sure that you take all the necessary measures to protect yourself. One advice on this front would be to wear a jacket or a long coat that you can always take off when you reach your destination.

DEET certified insect repellants are also a good option that you can consider. The 100% strength is effective and fine to use if there are only adults in the house or room, however, in case of children, you can opt for the ones that have strength of less than 24%. You can use the spray version of this for your clothing but be careful not to spray it on synthetic fabrics, eyeglass frames, watch crystals or even plastic since it can damage such materials

Another way to prevent mosquito bites or one of the Health Precautions during Monsoon in general would be to make sure that you keep a mosquito spray bottle in your house. For the sleeping areas, like the bed or the crib, consider having a mosquito mesh installed so that you can sleep within the protective layer of the mesh.

For those who are travelling around, make sure that you take the necessary preventive measure by yourself instead of depending on anybody. You can always pack a mosquito repellant in your check-in baggage.

Similarly, make sure you keep creams in your bag and apply them regularly to prevent mosquito bites. This is not just when you are on a holiday, but you can follow this regime even when you are in your home.

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