Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever or DHF is a health problem caused by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. About one in four people who are infected will get sick.
For people with dengue fever, the symptoms can be very mild or severe. However, not a few people still ignore DHF because the symptoms are similar to other mild health problems, such as the common cold.
DHF cases can be fatal due to delays in treatment. This is why it is very important to know the symptoms of DHF.
The main symptoms of dengue
Photo: Jagakarsa Health Center staff spraying fogging at RT 07/07 Residential Area, Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, Friday (25/6) to eradicate mosquitoes that cause DHF. (CNBC Indonesia/Muhammad Sabki)
Symptoms of mild dengue fever are similar to those of other illnesses that cause fever, namely headaches, muscle aches, and rashes.
Meanwhile there are also the most common symptoms of dengue fever, as follows:
- Nauseous vomit
- Rashes on the skin
- Aches and pains (eye pain, usually behind the eye, muscle, joint, or bone pain)
Symptoms of dengue fever usually last for 2-7 days. Generally people will recover after about a week.
In fact, there is no specific treatment for dengue fever. If the symptoms are mild, DHF can be treated alone with home care.
However, for severe dengue fever, treatment by experienced medical professionals can improve the symptoms and prevent dangerous complications.
Get as much rest as possible. Drink acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol) to control fever and relieve pain.
Avoid drinking painkillers. Drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated.
Meanwhile, severe dengue fever can cause shock, internal bleeding, and even death. If you have had dengue fever in the past, you will likely have a severe form of dengue fever.
Infants and pregnant women are at increased risk of developing severe dengue fever.
Severe scarlet fever warning signs
Be aware of the signs and symptoms of severe dengue fever. Warning signs usually start within 24-48 hours after your fever goes away.
Go to your local clinic or emergency room immediately if you or a family member experiences any of the following symptoms:
- Unbearable stomach pain
- Vomiting (at least 3 times in 24 hours)
- Bleeding from the nose or gums
- Vomiting blood, or blood in the stool
- Feeling tired, restless, or irritable