The rainy season has continued to accompany our Bali days for a bit longer than usual this year. When it comes to health, there is certainly more to anticipate during these rainy days. Catching a cold after being soaked in the rain can be dangerous if you are infected by the infamous dengue fever,
The idea of becoming infected with dengue fever, especially during the pandemic, is indeed quite terrifying. Severe dengue fever can be life-threatening. We all need to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of this infection and know when to see a healthcare professional.
What is dengue fever & how do you catch it?
Dengue fever or mosquito-borne illness spreads through the bite of the Aedes species mosquito. The species exists in tropical and subtropical areas, including Bali. As the population of insects increases significantly during rainy weather, the number of dengue fever cases usually rises for as long as the wet season lasts.
Mild dengue fever mostly causes a high fever and flu-like symptoms. On the other hand, its most severe form may cause serious bleeding, a sudden drop in blood pressure, and become fatal.
Most common symptoms to look out for
In this very unexpected weather, in the rainy season, mild symptoms of dengue fever can easily be confused with other illnesses that cause fever and body aches. However, the fever experienced during dengue fever is usually accompanied by nausea and vomiting. A rash also usually appears two to five days after the onset of fever, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, bone pain, and pain behind the eyes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 20 people who suffer from dengue fever will develop severe dengue. The tricky part is that these warning signs usually don’t begin until 24-48 hours after your fever has gone away.
The main symptoms that you need to look out for include belly pain, vomiting at least 3 times in 24 hours, bleeding from the nose or gums, vomiting blood or blood in the stool, as well as fatigue, and restlessness. Keep in mind that severe dengue requires immediate care and also a medical emergency. Get your physical checked at Prime Puri Medical. It is the best 24/7 Canggu medical clinic ready to deliver our excellent medical assistance, especially for dengue fever treatment.
What to do if you think you may have dengue fever
There is no specific medicine to treat dengue infection. All treatments and medication for this illness aim to treat the symptoms. For mild cases of dengue fever, you can opt for pain relievers with acetaminophen (paracetamol). Make sure to avoid medicines that may worsen bleeding, such as those containing aspirin or ibuprofen. Furthermore, plenty of rest and fluids are simply non-negotiable.
However, it is always best to see your doctor and get a diagnosis for your symptoms. Your doctor will order a blood test to check for the virus or antibodies to it. You will receive a prescription needed to treat your symptoms. If you start feeling worse in the first 24 hours after your fever goes away, you should go to a clinic or hospital immediately to be checked for complications.
Make sure that you have a list of 24-hour healthcare facilities in your neighborhood while in Bali. Keep in mind that Prime Plus Medical is open 24/7 for all your medical needs!