Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Symptoms of Dengue

Dengue hemorrhagic fever aka Dengue is an acute infectious disease brought about by the Aedes aegypti, a day-biting mosquito. These mosquitoes can be easily distinguished as it is larger in size and have black and white stripes on its body, so it is sometimes called tiger mosquitoes.

Because of the alarming Dengue outbreak here in the Philippines and my experience last week, I decided post a list of early signs of Dengue.

Symptoms appear 3—14 days after the infective bite. When someone has dengue, he will show the following symptoms, according to the DOH:

* sudden onset of high fever that may last 2 to 7 days
* joint and muscle pain and pain behind the eyes
* weakness
* skin rashes that usually appears 3 to 4 days after the start of the fever
* nosebleeding when fever starts to subside
* abdominal pain
* nausea, vomiting of coffee-colored matter
* loss of appetite
* dark-colored stools

When a person is infected, physical examination may show low blood pressure, skin rashes, sore throat, rapid pulse, swollen glands, and enlarged liver.

The signs to watch for are bleeding which easily causes bruising, blood spots in the skin, spitting of blood, blood in the stool, gum bleeding, and nosebleeding.

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