While monsoon spells relief after the scorching summer, it also brings along various maladies. Of all, dengue continues to remain one of the significant health concerns in India. According to NVBDCP, the country reported over 67,000 cases of this vector-borne disease as of 2019.
While dengue has no specific treatment, it can certainly be prevented through awareness. So, ensure to know about dengue symptoms and associated facts before the transmission season begins.
Understanding dengue – the vector-borne disease
Dengue is a flu-like illness, which four types of viruses cause – DENV-1, DENV-2, DENV-3, DENV-4. However, the disease is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquitos when it bites a healthy person, usually during the daytime.
The disease develops in human beings after 5 to 6 days of biting in any of these two forms –
a) Break bone or classical dengue fever.
b) Dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF).
Once infected, it creates lifelong immunity to that particular virus but short-term immunity to the rest. Subsequent infections increase the risk of complications. As this mosquito breeds in stagnant and clean water, ensure always to keep such waters covered and use disinfectant periodically.
What are the dengue symptoms to note?
Along with India, dengue outbreaks have occurred globally in the Eastern Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, the Western Pacific, the Americas and Africa.
● 40% of the global population resides in regions prone to dengue.
● The number of people infected every year is around 390 million.
Of this total number, 96 million infections exhibit dengue fever symptoms. Below are some of those symptoms to help detect on time and receive correct treatment accordingly.
1. High fever – It is one of the early signs of dengue, usually reaching up to 104 degrees F. As platelet count of the body fluctuates, tests are mandatory from time to time.
2. Extreme body pain – Chronic muscle and joint pain is another dengue fever sign which also remains post the disease. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are the reasons for extreme body pain.
3. Severe headache – Dengue brings along severe headache, followed by excruciating pain with chills behind the eyes. Patients generally experience intense pain in their early stages.
4. Rashes – Although a fleeting sign, rashes and red patchy dots are also one of the significant dengue symptoms. It begins with yellowish eyes and pale skin. Here, moisturising creams can provide some relief to the patient’s itching and peeling skin.
Besides, the other signs include vomiting, nausea, unusual bleeding, bruising, severe stomach pain, breathing difficulty, etc. If you experience any of these warning signs, visit a doctor immediately. Once you know the causes of dengue and its symptoms, it becomes easier to diagnose.
While no specific medicine exists as such, dengue treatment involves using pain relievers, hospitalisation, proper nutrition, drinking fluids and rest. This treatment can turn out to be expensive, especially in severely infected cases. The best way to financially protect yourself is to buy a dengue cover.
Benefits of a dengue cover
One of the leading NBFCs in India, Bajaj Finserv offers Pocket Insurance & Subscriptions like Dengue Cover with extensive features.
It is a customised insurance policy providing comprehensive coverage against the expenses incurred.
Top insurance policies provide coverage such as –
● Expenses on medication, pre-hospitalisation, hospitalisation and doctor’s fees are covered.
● High-value coverage up to Rs. 50,000 with nominal premiums starting from Rs.299 p.a. only.
● Multiple payment options are available for the convenience of customers.
You can stay protected financially against multiple diseases typical to the season with a monsoon cover insurance plan.
An infection cover can provide additional financial protection against infections which can happen during the course of the treatment.
As a dengue prevention approach, take the precautionary measures like using a mosquito net while sleeping, mosquito repellents, etc. to reduce transmission. You must also try to wear long shirts and pants for lesser skin exposure. Stay safe against this disease with preventive measures and a dengue insurance plan.