Are you suffering from sudden high fever, severe headache, nausea and vomiting? Watch out for dengue fever!
The rainy season and humid climate often gift us break bone fever. During the end of the rainy season period, mosquitoes are highly active and cause many mosquito-borne diseases. Dengue is one of such flu-like illness, which can even cost a life. Pregnant women and small children must be extra careful during this time. If you catch dengue while pregnant, there are more chances of developing severe disease. It can cause high risk and complications in your pregnancy.
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Repercussions of Dengue on Pregnancy:
1. Pre-eclampsia (A serious complication of pregnancy associated with the development of high blood pressure, and edema (swelling) and protein in the urine.)
2. Pre-term labour
3. Low birth weight baby
4. Caesarean births
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Treatment of Dengue during Pregnancy:
There is no specific vaccine or medicine for dengue treatment. The treatment of dengue during pregnancy is like any other disease. The doctor may ask you to take a blood test. If the result is positive, few more tests will be suggested to calculate the level of infection and then start the treatment.
1. Paracetamol may be recommended to treat the fever as it is considered to be safe for pregnant women.
2. Staying hydrated is important for maintaining embryonic fluid level, so to prevent dehydration from vomiting, you will be asked to drink lots of water and fresh juices, etc.
3. To control joint or muscle pain, doctors recommend pain killers and antibiotics. Self-medication and taking the counter medicines like aspirin and related drugs for dengue during pregnancy is not safe.
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In severe cases,
1. You may need to be admitted in hospital and given fluids via a drip to prevent dehydration and stabilize blood pressure.
2. Your blood pressure, platelet count, oxygen and intravenous fluid will be monitored regularly and if needed, infuse platelets (in extreme cases).
3. If there is excess bleeding, a blood transfusion might also be done.
Dengue can be done by taking a few precautionary steps like keeping mosquitoes away. Empty still water collected in containers such as pots, vases or cans in the area near your home as mosquitoes breed in still water.
To avoid mosquito bites, wear loose long-sleeved clothes, stay in cool areas and use mosquito repellents and bed nets. It is always better to prevent dengue. Share your thoughts and stories with us in the comment section below.
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