A person with dengue shock sndrome (DSS) should be immediately hospitalised and must be regularly monitored by medical professionals i.e. at intervals of every 1-2 hours. Haematocrits (red blood cell) and platelets count must be monitored regularly for keeping track of the patient’s progress.
Dengue starts abruptly with high continuous fever and headache, plus respiratory and intestinal symptoms with sore throat, cough, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. The shock in particular occurs after 2 to 6 days with sudden collapse, cool clammy extremities, weak thready pulse, and blueness around the mouth.
Experts suggest that preventive steps are the best way of dealing with dengue shock syndrome. As of now there is no specific treatment for dengue shock syndrome. It is only intensive clinical management that can control the mortality rate of DSS patients.
The best way to save yourself from dengue shock syndrome is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. When a person suspects symptoms of dengue he must immediately get anti-viral or anti-inflammatory drugs under medical supervision. Such medications are beneficial in combating symptoms of the disease. For instance, people complaining of headaches can be given tylenol, aspirin or pain killers. Try to keep body hydrated by increasing the intake of water. Appropriate rest and consumption of hygienic and healthy food are also helpful.
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