How You Can Defeat Dengue Fever This Season
Dengue fever caused by a mosquito-borne virus has reached alarming numbers this year across Southeast Asia, and the Philippines in particular is at serious risk.
Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS) are the most severe forms of dengue fever—they can cause death if left untreated, so it’s important to know how to defeat dengue fever before it defeats you! Here are a few ways you can protect yourself from dengue fever this season.
Protect yourself from Dengue fever
Dengue fever is caused by a virus that’s transmitted to humans by the Aedes mosquito. The symptoms of dengue fever usually appear three to fourteen days after being bitten and include fever, headache, body aches and pains, and skin rashes. There is no vaccine for dengue fever available for use in the United States. However, there are steps you can take to protect yourself from getting it:
1-Avoid mosquito bites.
2- Drain standing water on your property.
3-Wear long sleeves and pants if possible.
4- Use insect repellant
Wash your clothes after you wear them outside
Washing your clothes is an easy, simple way to help prevent the spread of dengue fever. Mosquito-borne dengue fever can be lethal. By washing your clothes after you wear them outside you can remove the virus’s breeding grounds and reduce the risk of spreading it to others.
Plus, it will also keep you smelling fresh! I recommend throwing in one or two drops of bleach for extra disinfecting power. It doesn’t have to be expensive either: All Free & Clear detergent has been shown in lab studies to kill up to 99% of germs and bacteria like salmonella, listeria, and MRSA on contaminated fabric.
Use mosquito repellent while traveling
One of the best ways to prevent dengue fever is by using insect repellent. Mosquitoes are the primary carriers of this illness, so they should be your number one concern when traveling. When you’re out and about, be sure to apply a liberal amount of repellent on any skin not covered by clothing.
Pay special attention to areas near your face and other exposed spots like your hands and feet. Whenever possible, sleep under mosquito nets or inside air-conditioned rooms. If you have been bitten by mosquitoes while traveling, wash the affected area with soap and water as soon as possible to avoid spreading the virus.
Wear long sleeves
Dengue fever is an illness transmitted by mosquitoes. Protect yourself from mosquitoes by wearing long sleeves, staying indoors during peak mosquito hours, and using DEET insect repellent. If you start showing symptoms of dengue fever, contact your doctor right away. Dengue fever does not last long so it’s important to catch it as soon as possible. The best way to avoid dengue fever is to take precautions against the insects that carry it.
Remove any standing water from your home.
The most common way to get dengue fever is by being bitten by a mosquito that has been previously infected. If you want to avoid getting this disease, the best thing you can do is take steps to eliminate any standing water on your property. Standing water collects mosquitoes and provides them with a place to breed.
Cleaning up all of these areas will reduce your risk of catching the virus. Second, wear insect repellant when going outside: Another way to avoid getting dengue fever is to use insect repellant while outdoors. Repellants are designed specifically for people who spend a lot of time in outdoor environments like gardeners or farmers and they work best when applied liberally every 2-3 hours as needed during daytime hours and before dusk.
Avoid going into places where there are lots of mosquitos
One of the best ways to avoid dengue fever is to stay out of places that have a lot of mosquitos. If you live in an area where mosquitos are prevalent, try not to go outside between dusk and dawn. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, and closed shoes when you are outside during these hours.
Close the windows and, if feasible, turn on the air conditioner. Clean any standing water that might be around your home or yard since mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water. Get rid of any old tires or buckets with standing water on them.