The characteristic symptom of dengue is sudden onset of high fever, severe headache, and joint and muscle pain. Dengue infection can vary in severity from mild acute febrile illness to a fatal infection. In most people the symptoms of dengue fever start within 4 to 7 of bite of an infected mosquito.
Symptoms of uncomplicated (classic) dengue fever: The symptoms of dengue fever or uncomplicated (classic) dengue infection are
In most people the rash appears 3 to 4 days after the fever on the torso. It may spread from the torso to the arms, legs, and face. The rash usually resolves after 1 to 2 days. The rash can again appear after a few days. In some people muscle and joint pains (myalgias and arthralgias) can be very severe. Hence it is also called break-bone fever or bonecrusher disease.
The disease is usually mild and self limiting illness in most people. But sometimes dengue fever can progress to DHF or DSS.
Symptoms of Dengue Shock Syndrome and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever: All the symptoms of classic dengue are seen in a patient with dengue hemorrhagic fever. Besides the above symptoms a person with DHF has
Dengue shock syndrome (DSS) is the most severe form of dengue illness. Patients with DSS have all the symptoms of DF and dengue hemorrhagic fever, plus
Symptoms of DHF and DSS include:
DHF and DSS can be fatal, especially in children and young adults. DHF and DSS are usually observed in children or at times in adults experiencing their second dengue infection.
Several other infections have symptoms similar to dengue infection. It is important and advisable to see your doctor to diagnose the cause of your symptoms.
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