Dengue

Monsoon in India is always a season to watch-out in the case of health and well-being. Both South-West Monsoon and North-East Monsoon brings rainfall to different parts of India. Few health complications arise in both of these monsoon seasons. One among them is Dengue fever. Dengue is caused when an infected aedes mosquito gets affected with Dengue virus and bites human. This causes infection and fever. Let us discuss about Causes and Prevention of Dengue below.

Causes

A person suffering from Viral fever experiences Platelet count deficiency.  In the case of Dengue, the platelet count further drops down. Usual Platelet count ranges between 1.5 to 4 Lakh in a microliter of Blood. In a dengue affected person, the Platelet count drops below 20,000. Why is it that Dengue spreads only near the Monsoon season? This is quite understandable. Rainfall quenches heat in the environment and moisture levels increase. This enables free moving of dengue spreading mosquitoes. After rainfall water stagnation persists for at least a couple of days to a week in some areas. Roads and open grounds constitute of mud slush, garbage, wet leaves and as well as non-degradable plastic materials. These act as a breeding spot for the dengue causing mosquitoes.

Effects of Dengue

During the onset of monsoon, mild showers and breeze causes the temperature levels to go down. This enables the increased spread of mosquitoes in the environment. Improper garbage disposal and water stagnation makes things even more worse. The Dengue causing mosquitoes breed in the leftover rain water and stay more effective after sunset. These mosquitoes spread day by day causing increased rate of people getting affected by Dengue. Dengue Virus is not spread directly from person to person through contact. It is transmitted only through the bite of infected mosquitoes bite. Dengue Virus causes fever initially. Day by day it affects the immune system by lowering the levels of platelets in blood. This ultimately causes the human immune system to break down. In some case, Dengue Haemorrhage is also caused and a compulsory medical intervention is necessary for recovery.

Prevention

Care should be taken to dispose garbage off properly in the monsoon season, failing which it could act against humanity and environment. Consult a Doctor if you have symptoms of fever, fatigue, headache, body pain, skin rashes, etc., Proper medical treatment for Dengue fever helps you recover completely. Proper personal hygiene as well as consuming hygienic food helps in quick recovery.  While proper treatment and medication could take you safe from the aftermath of Dengue, it is advisable to take precautionary measures for a few days even after reaching home as per doctor’s advice. On keeping our environment clean and hygienic, we could well control the menace of dengue. This is an essential practice that is to be nurtured and explained to our children. The next step towards prevention if dengue is to Usually South Asia gets affected by Dengue due to its tropical climate. People usually don’t take it seriously since the symptoms are not so serious. Some neglect and others are unaware. Some think it is a normal fever while only few take it to consult a doctor.

In the last couple of years Dengue has swirled up its head causing physical as well as mental turmoil. Medical experts have always suggested effective measures to be taken to tackle Dengue. Even with simple procedures, Dengue spread could be cut down as explained above. Let us all stand united against Dengue. Be Well Hospitals offer Specialized emergency care in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. This year Be Well Hospitals have taken initiative towards creating awareness on Dengue by organizing Free Medical Camps in Chennai and Puducherry.

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