Dengue fever is one of the worst viral infections that affects millions of people each year. It is a most dangerous form of viral infection and needs a hands-on approach. The World Health Organisation says, “Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito. There are four distinct serotypes of the dengue virus (DEN 1, DEN 2, DEN 3 and DEN 4). The symptoms of the illness only appear 3–14 days after the mosquito bite and not immediately. Dengue fever is a flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults alike.” A more severe manifestation of this illness, Dengue hemorrhagic fever, tends to affect children under 10 years of age which can cause abdominal pain, bleeding and affect the circulatory system.
A drop in platelet count is a characteristic symptom of dengue fever. The most common symptoms include fever, headache, muscle and joint pains and skin rash. Sometimes, these symptoms may be confused with flu. If you experience the following over a few days, consult a doctor.
- Sudden, high fever
- Severe headaches
- Pain behind the eyes
- Severe joint and muscle pain
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Nausea and vomiting
- Skin rash
- Low blood pressure
Dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock are the two more serious forms that dengue fever can take, the former resulting in bleeding and severe platelet decline, whereas the latter results in a dangerous plunge in blood pressure. While there is no vaccination or cure for the dengue virus, treatment of secondary conditions is common, and in most cases, patients can survive. However, due to the lack of a formalized cure, many herbal and home remedies have been developed, the most popular and effective of which are explained in greater detail below.
Diagnosis And Treatment
Doctors can diagnose dengue infection with a blood test. There are no particular medicines or antibiotics to cure the same since it’s caused by a virus but you are advised to rest and drink plenty of fluids. There is currently no vaccine for dengue.
Delhi and many parts of India are already reporting cases of Dengue. In this situation, many people are turning to some natural remedies to control this dreaded disease. We bring you some of the most effective home remedies as shared by health experts and doctors.
Home Remedies For Dengue
The most effective form of “treatment” is actually prevention, but fending off annoying mosquitoes can be very difficult. Some of the most effective preventative strategies are avoiding or eliminating standing, stagnant water, as that is where mosquitoes reproduce. Also, if you are in a heavily wooded or tropical area, apply mosquito repellent to any exposed skin and your clothes. If possible, keep exposed skin to a minimum and ensure that wherever you sleep is fully enclosed, including tears in any mosquito netting that you may put in place to protect yourself.
However, in case you are infected by the dengue virus, follow some of these home remedies below for a quick recovery and an alleviation of your symptoms.
1. Juice of Papaya Leaves and Giloy Stem:
Juice of papaya leaves with giloy stem is a magical treatment of Dengue. Papaya leaves helps in increasing the platelet count and reduces the symptoms of fever like body ache, chills, feeling low, getting tired easily and nausea. Giloy helps in maintaining the metabolic rate, strengthening the immune system and protects your body against infections.
• Clean papaya leaves with water and cut into small pieces
• Now clean giloy stems and cut into small pieces
• Boil these two ingredients in 2 cup of water
• When 1 cup of water remains, filter the ingredients and let the water cool
• Add few tulsi leaves into the water (optional)
• Drink this water twice daily
• Clean papaya leave and giloy stem with fresh water
• Now cut both papaya leaves and giloy stem in small pieces
• Grind this mixture in mixer grinder with small quantity of water
• Add few tulsi leaves into the water (optional)
• Now filter the juice and drink this juice twice daily
Goldenseal is a herb whose dried root is used to make medicine. It has the ability to clear up the symptoms of dengue fever very quickly and eliminate the virus from the body. Goldenseal not only helps to ease fevers, chills, headaches, nausea, and vomiting, but its natural antiviral capacity can essentially cure dengue fever in a matter of days. You use it in the same way like papaya leaves either by crushing and chewing or by juicing it.
3. Barley Grass:
Barley grass has the unique ability to significantly increase the body’s blood platelet count by stimulating the production of more blood cells. You can drink barley tea or eat barley grass directly and see a rapid increase in platelet count, which is one of the more serious side effects of dengue fever that can prolong weakness and increase the susceptibility of the body to dengue hemorrhagic fever and more serious complications.
4. Fenugreek Leaves:
These leaves are known to reduce fever and act as a sedative to ease pain and promote more restful sleep for patients. You can soak the leaves in water and then drink it or you can get methi powder and mix it with water and have it. This is a popular home remedy for dengue fever symptoms in numerous places around the world.
Turmeric is also known to boost metabolism and helps in making the healing process faster. You can consume turmeric along with milk.
6. Tulsi Leaves and Black Pepper:
Doctor suggests to consume a drink made by boiling Tulsi leaves and adding about 2 grams of black pepper to it. This drink helps in building your immunity and acts as an antibacterial element.
7. Neem Leaves:
Neem leaves are commonly prescribed for a variety of ailments, and dengue fever is no exception. Steeping neem leaves and then drinking the subsequent brew has been shown to increase both blood platelet count and white blood cell count, two of the most dangerous side effects of the virus. Properly brewed neem leaves can improve the immune system and return your strength much faster than many other home remedies.
8. Orange Juice:
The rich mixture of antioxidants and vitamins found in orange juice make it ideal for treating the secondary symptoms of dengue fever and eliminating the virus. Orange juice helps to promote antibodies of the immune system, increase urination and the release of toxins, and stimulates cellular repair due to vitamin C’s crucial role in the creation of collagen.
Warning: Although most cases of dengue fever are not fatal, the fever can progress rapidly to more serious stages if the initial symptoms are not treated and preventative measures are not taken. If at all possible, seek professional medical attention if you think you’ve contracted dengue fever; only use these home remedies as supplemental treatments and realize that these aren’t formal “cures”.