Dengue is commonly known as the “breakbone fever”. Dengue is caused by a virus called DENV-1 and yes, these viruses are transmitted from “mosquitoes when they bite us.”
Dengue is NOT Life-threatening at the primary stages, but if left untreated, it can develop into severe LIFE-THREATENING dengue hemorrhagic fever.
The last stage of this fever is death, as the patient suffers mainly from two things:
1. Extremely Low levels of blood platelets, and
2. Leakage of blood plasma
Other Possible complications that might appear in Dengue Hemorrhagic fever are:
- Bleeding from gums and nose
- Enlargement of Liver
- Circulatory system Failure
- Severe Damage to blood and lymph vessels
Sounds scary, isn’t?
But, don’t be worried, as there are some amazing science & research-backed home remedies for dengue fever that can help you & your loved ones to recover from it quickly and safely!
Symptoms of Dengue
The symptoms of Dengue starts surfacing within 3-5 days after being infected but in some cases, symptoms might take up to 15 days to be clearly noticeable. The symptoms of dengue can happen in stages.
Usually, the symptom starts with a High Fever, followed by a severe headache and pain in joints and muscles…
1. Very High Fever 102°F to 105°F (38.9°C to 40.6°C)
2. Extreme Headache
3. Pain in Back of eyes
4. Extreme Pain in Muscles & Joints
7. Severe Diarrhoea
8. Skin Rashes (usually appear after 3-5 days of fever)
9. Bleeding (Nosebleed, gum bleeding etc.)
Dengue is not easily detected because the symptoms are closely related to viral infections. Children mostly show milder symptoms.
Diagnosis of Dengue
Dengue infection can be diagnosed via a blood test, where the physician will test your blood sample for antigens and antibodies.
Positive IgM and IgG tests for dengue antibodies detected in an early blood sample (just after the fever ) mean that the person most probably became infected with dengue virus within 3-5 days. If the IgG is positive but the IgM is low or negative, then it is most probably that the person had an infection sometime in the past.
If the IgG is positive but the IgM is low or negative, then it is most probably that the person had an infection sometime in the past.
You are also advised to go for a Complete Blood cell counts (CBC), to check the Platelet counts. The normal range is between 1.5 lakh and 4 lakh. Anything below 1.5 Lakh needs attention.
9 Home Remedies that are proven to Cure Dengue Fever
1. Papaya Leaf
Papaya leaves contain enzymes like papain and chymopapain, which help in normalizing the platelet count, improves liver function, deals with blood clotting, and heals the liver damage (done by dengue virus)
How to take it: Take a fresh papaya leaf and cut it into slices, blend it in a mixer with water. Strain the juice and drink it 3-4 times a day.
2. Drink Water
Drink as much as water as you can during fever or cold to replace the fluid loss. In dengue, due to extreme fever and body pain, the circulation of blood can be affected along with dehydration.
3. Neem Leaf Juice
The neem leaves help in increasing the blood platelet count as well as the white blood cells. It also improves the immune system, and you can return to the normal stages.
How to take it: Take a fresh bowl of neem leaves, blend it in the mixer with water. Strain the juice and drink it 3-4 times a day.
4. Holy Basil
Basil leaves are full of health benefits. Basil has Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic, Antipyretic, hepatoprotective, blood-vessels protective and immune boosting properties.
How to take it: Take a fresh bowl of Basil leaves, Boil it in water and drink it 3-4 times a day or you can simply make Basil Tea and drink it.
5. Coriander Leaves
Coriander is high in Vitamin C and acts as a natural tonic. Add to your food or Simply blend fresh coriander leaves with water and drink the juice 3-4 times a day.
6. Pomegranate Juice
Dengue fever can make you all exhausted because of lowering blood platelets. Pomegranate helps in increasing the blood count consequently reducing the feelings of weakness and tiredness.
7. Orange Juice
The rich mix of antioxidants and vitamins found in orange juice make it perfect for treating the secondary symptoms of dengue fever. You can eat raw oranges or even sweet lime.
8. Barley grass
You can also drink barley grass tea to see a rapid increase in your platelet count, one of the biggest side effects of dengue.
How to take it: Take a fresh bowl of Barley grass, blend it in the mixer with water. Strain the juice and drink it 2 times a day.
9. Fenugreek seeds
The health benefits of fenugreek include relief from anemia, loss of taste, fever.
If you or your loved ones are suffering from high fever, pain in joints, headache, make sure you get the blood test done to rule out any possibility of dengue fever. If the blood test comes positive for dengue fever, then make sure you consult your doctor who will recommend you medicine for fever.
There is no need to panic, dengue is easily curable. Take these Natural remedies along with your fever medicine and give maximum rest to your body. You will be back to healthy & normal in 3-4 days.