Every year around this time we have to deal with the widespread of dengue among a lot of people. It is transmitted from mosquitoes and there is not much that you can do to prevent it, except keeping your surroundings clean. If your immunity is strong then it is easy to recover from any disease. However, will fragile immunity, it is difficult to eliminate the effects. Many diseases have a deep impact on your body. Some cause pains while some make you very weak. Due to dengue fever, the platelet count of your body keeps reducing. Dengue decreases the formation of blood clots as it makes your blood cells colourless. A lot of people believe that there are many long term effects of dengue. Onlymyhealth editorial team talked about this to Dr Ajay Agarwal, Internal medicine director at Fortis hospital, Noida. Therefore, in this article, you will get to know if dengue has any long term effects or not.
Does dengue fever have long term effects?
It takes time to phase out of such a disease that makes your platelet count go low. Some even say that there are some side effects that might bother you for the whole like. However, according to Dr Ajay Agarwal, "There are no long term side effects of dengue. A patient with dengue recovers fully. Very few patients of dengue who get encephalitis, they may have a neurological sequelae littoral. Otherwise, it is very rare and after dengue, it is full recovery." He added saying, "Joint pains only exist after chikungunya, but is very rare for joint pains to persist as a post dengue effect."
What are the other effects that may rest in a dengue patient?
It is not like the disease does not have effects at all. Dengue can make your body weak and cause acidity, muscle and joint pains too. You might not feel like getting up and working. It takes about 10-15 days to recover from this disease. Talking about other effects that dengue may have, Dr Ajay said, "Initially, your immunity gets weak for a few months so you tend to catch recurrent infections. And once you catch dengue, the second time that it happens again can be more serious. There are simple complications in dengue-like viral fever, increase in liver enzymes, dengue shock syndrome, low platelets count, low blood pressure, fits, etc."
Are there any medications for the side effects of dengue?
You don't need to take any specific medicines to treat dengue. However, can take pain relievers, if prescribed by the doctor. The best way to recover from dengue is to increase the intake of fluids like water, papaya juice, coconut water, etc. "There are no medications for dengue. It is a viral disease that is self-limiting and gets healed on its own. The patient is given symptomatic treatment only," Dr Ajay said.
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