Published on Sep 30, 2019 and last reviewed on Nov 10, 2022 - 4 min read
Dengue fever is a tropical infection that can result in fatal hemorrhagic shock. Read the article below to learn more about its homeopathic preventive measures.
Dengue fever is a tropical infection. Almost half of the world's population, about 4 billion people, live in areas with a risk of dengue. It is a deadly febrile infection, which causes hemorrhagic shock, so it is crucial to prevent this infection. It is one of the epidemics in India. Dengue is a vector-borne disease transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. There are four serotypes of this virus that cause dengue, which are DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3, and DEN-4. Severe dengue symptoms are the leading cause of serious illness and death in some Asian and Latin American countries. Dengue is also seen in tropical and sub-tropical areas worldwide.
The first known cases of dengue fever occurred in Batavia in 1779, and Benjamin Rush, a prominent American Revolutionary War physician and signer of the declaration of independence, gave the first detailed description of the disease when it caused an epidemic in Philadelphia in 1780.
In homeopathy, Eupatorium Perfoliatum is the medicine used for dengue fever, which the council advises.
Dengue fever remains asymptomatic or shows very few symptoms. It shows symptoms similar to flu-like illness. The following are the signs and symptoms associated with dengue fever -
Severe joint pain.
Pain behind the eye that is aggravated by eye motion.
Petechial hemorrhages (small red spots due to bleeding from tiny blood vessels).
Because of the petechial hemorrhages and bleeding tendency, dengue is also called hemorrhagic fever. Hemorrhage may be present under the skin, from the nose, and gums. There will be vomiting of blood, and presence of blood in the stool. This bleeding or hemorrhage is because of decreased platelet count.
In severe cases, loss of blood leads to shock with lowered blood pressure, weak or rapid pulse, restlessness, and cold, clammy skin. This condition is called dengue shock syndrome.
Female Aedes mosquitoes are the main carriers of the dengue virus. This mosquito breeds in artificial accumulation of water during and immediately after the rainy season. The virus enters the mosquito when it bites a person infected with the virus. When such a mosquito bites another person, it releases the virus into the person's bloodstream. There is no other known way of transmission between humans.
It can also spread through maternal transmission (through a pregnant mother to her baby).
Dengue fever takes three to four days to develop, and after the incubation period, it is divided into three phases -
The phases of dengue fever are -
The period between the entry of the virus and the appearance of the first symptom is about 4 to 7 days or 3 to 14 days.
The symptoms seen as the disease progress are -
A. Acute or febrile stage: (two to seven days)
Retro-orbital pain (pain behind the orbit of the eye).
Myalgia (muscle pain).
Arthralgia (joint pain).
Mild hemorrhagic spots over the chest and upper limbs.
B. Critical phase:
Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) - Replacement treatment might be needed.
Signs of plasma leakage into the pleura and ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity).
The next stage of fever, if left untreated, can lead to -
Rapid and weak pulse.
Cold and clammy skin.
C. Recovery phase:
Gastrointestinal symptoms subside.
Dengue is a self-limiting illness, and there is no specific antiviral treatment. But, supportive treatment with fluid replacement, bed rest, and painkillers that are generally given to reduce fever and complications.
The best way to prevent this disease is by preventing bites from infected mosquitoes. Some preventive tips are:
Wear clothes that cover your hands and legs.
Use mosquito repellants like creams, liquids, coils, mats, and others.
Avoid using highly scented soaps and perfumes, as it attracts mosquitoes.
Remove any stagnant water in your locality.
Wear full sleeve shirts and full pants with socks.
Prevent collection of water on rooftops, porticos, and sunshades.
Cover the stored water properly.
Biological and Chemical control for the control of mosquito breeding.
Waste must be disposed off properly and should not be allowed to collect.
Use bed nets while sleeping.
Health education and awareness should be provided.
Homeopathy treatment depends upon person to person as a whole. It means that homeopathic treatment for dengue fever focuses on the patient as a person's condition and their pathological values. The homeopathic medicines for dengue fever are sorted out after a full examination and case analysis, including the patient's medical history, physical and mental condition, and others.
Eupatorium perfoliatum is the best homeopathic preventive medicine. It is widely used as prophylaxis for dengue. It can be administrated twice daily during an outbreak.
It can also be used as a treatment for dengue to relieve severe muscle pain, joint pain, eye pain, and high fever. It is found to be very effective. This medicine is also called "bone set," as it provides quick relief from severe bone and joint pain.
Homeopathy medicines that are most commonly indicated in cases of dengue fever are Aconitum napellus, Arnicamontana, Arsenic album, Belladonna, Bryonia alba, Eupatorium perfoliatum, Ferrumphosphoricum, Gelsemium, Ipecacuanha, Natrummuriaticum, Nux vomica, Pulsatilla and Rhus toxicodendron which are prescribed on the basis of symptom similarity.
Dengue fever is a viral mosquito-borne disease with mild to severe symptoms. Though there is no proper treatment, homeopathy provides a holistic way to treat dengue, which involves the overall health of a person and focuses on the symptomatic management of the disease. Dengue fever can be prevented by controlling mosquito development and vaccination. Homeopathic remedies help to evaluate and improve the complete health of an affected individual, and it is one of the safest treatment modality.
The vaccines have made clinical dengue prevention possible. The chimeric yellow fever-dengue- vaccine (CYD-TDV) Dengvaxia from Sanofi Pasteur, Paris, France, was the first licensed dengue vaccine and is now authorized for use in 19 countries.
The prevention includes 4 S, which stands for,
- ‘Search and destroy’ mosquito breeding grounds.
- Employ ‘self-protection’ measures.
- ‘Seek early consultation.’
- ‘Support fogging or spraying’ only in hotspot areas where cases are on the rise.
- Supportive care is all that is required for dengue fever at home.
- Consult a physician.
- Get as much as rest as possible.
- To reduce pain and control fever, take Acetaminophen or Paracetamol.
- Stay hydrated.
Effective homeopathic treatments are available for immune thrombocytopenia and other blood conditions. The patient's health has significantly improved, and the homeopathic treatment has prevented any recurrence.
Fever associated with any of the following is the most typical sign of dengue.
- Vomiting and nausea.
- Anxiety and pain (eye pain, typically behind the eyes, muscle joints, or bone pain).
The health benefits of papaya are greatly enhanced by its abundance of vitamins, fiber, zinc, and folate. Increasing platelets and white blood cells, preventing blood clotting, and speeding up the healing process are all benefits of including papaya in the diet of dengue fever sufferers.
Lifelong immunity against a specific dengue virus serotype is provided after recovery from the infection. The protection provided by this immunity, however, is only temporary and partial against reinfection by the viruses of the other three serotypes.
- Discomfort or pain in the abdomen.
- Constant vomiting.
- Mucosal bleed.
- Sluggishness or agitation.
- Increase in liver size.
- The decline in platelet count.
The contagious disease, dengue is transmitted by mosquito bites. Dengue can develop into a deadly infection if it is not treated in a timely manner. Many herbs, including Kalmegh, tulsi, neem, papaya leaves, dudhi, and Guduchi, can be used at home to treat symptoms.
Dietary sources of vitamin C will improve immunity. It also aids in the absorption of iron and other beneficial nutrients. The diet must include vegetables and fruits like oranges, lemons, papayas, and pineapples.
Patients with dengue should stay away from foods such as,
- Dark in color.
- High in fat and spice.
- Contains caffeine.
Approximately two hours after sunrise and several hours before sunset are when this species is most active, but it can bite at night in well-lit areas. It reaches from the back and bites on the ankles and elbows.
The majority of dengue fever cases clear up within a week or two and do not have any long-term effects. There is no specific treatment for dengue, and get medical attention right away if someone has severe disease symptoms.
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