Dengue Prevention: Fight Or Flight Mosquitoes This Monsoon Season!
It’s that time of the year when it’s raining cats and dogs… and mosquitoes!
And unfortunately, mosquitoes give more than just itchy love bites. Diseases like dengue, malaria, chikungunya, etc, are also spread by these tiny monsters. To top it off, their agility and flying ability makes them invincible hunters! God knows how quickly they’re adapting immunity against repellent sprays and liquids. Under these circumstances, knowing the art of dengue prevention and cure are the need of the hour.
Some More Bad News…
Last Year, more than 9000 cases of dengue were filed against these assassins in NCR alone. While the average cost of hospitalization for dengue treatment ranges between Rs 35,000 and Rs 70,000, in some cases, the expenses may reach up to Rs.3 Lakhs! Even though the government has regulated the prices of blood tests required for detecting dengue, the procedure of platelet transplant has not yet been regulated. Which means it is impossible to put a cap on how much can dengue fever cost you and your family.
But just because it’s an uphill battle shouldn’t mean that we give up. It means we fight harder, smarter and take extra precautionary measures.
Here are important Dengue Prevention Tips this Monsoon Season:
Avoid Wearing Dark Clothes:
Dark clothes attract mosquitoes. Cover yourself well with light-colored clothes that aren’t body hugging when stepping out.
Be Careful In Mornings and Evenings:
Dengue infected mosquitoes are most active around mornings and early evenings. Wear repellent lotions or patches during those times.
Watch Out For Symptoms:
Dengue fever symptoms include irregular fever, headache, body ache, joint pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and skin rashes.
Repellants And Patches:
Apply mosquito repellents scents, patches and creams to yourself and your family members before leaving the house for work, college or school. Mosquitoes are everywhere.
Old School Methods Are Effective:
The best way to be safe from mosquitoes and harmful chemicals alike is to use mosquito nets at night. Nothing beats the old school way. Period.
Dengue Cure – If you suspect it’s Dengue, this is what you need to do:
Get Tested Immediately:
The longer you stall your visit to the doctor wishing it’s a flu, the longer you delay your treatment will be. Not to mention the elongated liquid diet, weakness and of course the obnoxious hospitalization cost!
Intake Lots Of Fluids:
Especially coconut water for helping build back the depleted platelet count. For the body ache, take only paracetamol since other painkillers cause blood thinning and may lead to excessive bleeding.
Identify Symptoms In Time:
Dengue fever symptoms start anytime between 4 days and 2 weeks after being bitten and typically last for up to a week if taken care of in time. A delay in detection and treatment can cause a critical fall in platelet count, which can be fatal and expensive to treat.
Dengue Fever Is Viral:
But does not spread from person to person. Mosquitoes are the vectors of this disease. It’s completely safe for you to be in contact with an infected person.
Get Insurance Cover:
Make sure your insurance covers you for OPD costs and hospitalization in case of dengue fever. Since there is no regulation on the cost of platelet transplant, impossible costs of hospitalization are quite possible!
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