Every year, thousands of people die because of dengue. Dengue is a real killer. Dengue fever is caused by the bite of the Aedes mosquito, which transmits the dengue fever. As of now, there is no vaccine available for dengue cure. Dengue is prominent in the Caribbean, South and Central Asia. A lot of people are successful in the fight against dengue but many falter. Therefore it is of utmost importance to know ways of preventing or minimizing the risk of dengue fever.
Dengue fever causes high fevers, pain behind eyes and in back and joints of the body. It also causes platelets level to drop, which leads to inability of body to fight against foreign occupants, in this case, dengue virus. While a lot of people have come out with different ways to cure dengue treatment, most of it is not scientifically proven. In such scenario, prevention of dengue fever has to come from experts.
Most experts agree on certain ways with which dengue fever risk can be prevented or minimized. Following are the Top 10 Ways To Prevent Dengue Fever:
10. Know the areas where dengue is abundant
This point is for all the tourists who travel worldwide, not knowing the dangers of dengue in certain areas. Dengue virus is most abundant in the Caribbean, Africa, some parts of America and Australia, and most parts of Central and South Asia. Thailand, India etc. and the countries in that belt are the most common places where dengue is caused. So before you plan your trip, make sure to get proper clothes and insect repellants.
9. Identify the types of mosquito
There are many mosquito. Aedes mosquito is the one which most commonly causes transfer of dengue virus. You can identify the dengue mosquito by a “zebra” pattern on its body. Also the size of the mosquito is a little larger than the normal mosquito. Once you see this type of mosquito, be warned that the threat off getting a dengue fever is there, and take appropriate measures.
8. Wear insect repellant
Not the most safest way to prevent dengue fever, but worth a try. A lot of people who wear insect repellant in areas where dengue is abundant mostly don’t contract the dengue virus. Whenever you plan to go out, always wear an insect repellant. This will help in reducing the risk of getting dengue fever.
7. Know the time of attack
When looking to prevent dengue attack, make sure you know when the mosquito is at its peak and when it will bite. The mosquito carrying the dengue virus comes out for food in early morning (sunrise) and the period around sunset. This is the time most attacks will take place. So make sure you do not step out of your homes and if you do, make sure you are well covered.
6. Wear full-sleeves shirt
Wearing full-sleeves shirt will greatly reduce the risk of getting dengue virus. When you expose more part of skin, it provides the mosquito a greater surface area to bite. Therefore it is important to wear full sleeves shirt to prevent dengue fever.
5. When attacked, drink lots of juice
Despite all the precautions, you may still get contract the dengue virus. When this happens, the platelets and white blood cells in your body start to reduce in number. In such a scenario, you must drink lots of juices to give your body enough energy to fight the virus. You will find that you won’t enjoy eating much; so drinking lots of juices will help prevent dengue fever from causing too much damage.
4. Stay indoors or sleep under mosquito nets
At the peak time of dengue attack, which is around sunrise and sunset, make sure you stay indoors and are well covered. Doing so will help a lot in preventing dengue fever. Also make sure that you sleep under a mosquito net. This mosquito net is essential for babies. So if not for you, make sure your baby is sleeping under the mosquito net. Also try to stay at places with air conditioners.
3. Don’t take Aspirins when under dengue fever
Aspirins, Disprins and Brufens are strictly prohibited when you are suffering from dengue fever. You may be facing intense pain, but the use of painkillers will not help. What happens is that when platelets levels drop, the blood becomes thinner. Painkillers and aspirins also dilute the blood. So instead of providing relief, you put your body at risk by taking aspirins.
2. Destroy mosquito eggs
During off-season, the mosquito start to breed. They put their eggs under water. In high dengue-affected areas, destroying such eggs will help in preventing dengue fever. Make sure your district administrator knows what to do.
1. Dispose off water
People must be made aware that disposing off stagnant water is a must if you have to prevent dengue fever. Make certain that any stored water, be it in water coolers, plant pots, in the garden etc. be disposed off. Stagnant water is the breeding place of dengue mosquitos. So disposing off water will prevent the spread of dengue fever.
This was the list of the Top 10 Best Ways To Prevent Dengue Fever. Please comment below to share your views. If you have any further tips, please share.