The doctor, in addition to reviewing your medical history and physically examining you, will ask you to explain where you have been in recent weeks, if you traveled to tropical places or areas with a high presence of mosquitoes.
Likewise, he or she will ask you for a blood test to confirm the existence of one of the four types of virus that cause dengue fever and rule out the spread of other similar ones such as the one that causes Zika and chikungunya.
So far, there is no specific treatment for dengue, but if your case is mild, your doctor will prescribe painkillers, anti-inflammatories, and fever medicine, as well as tell you to drink plenty of fluids and rest. You will be fully recovered in 15 days following these indications.
When it comes to a severe case, you will likely require:
- Saline solution.
- Blood transfusion.
- Blood pressure control.
Once recovered, your body will develop long-term immunity to the type of virus that infected you, but not to the other three that cause dengue fever.
Remember that you must act immediately before any of the symptoms appear; timely detection and treatment significantly reduce the mortality rates of this disease.
When traveling to countries or regions with a high incidence of dengue fever, it is recommended that you:
- Get the dengue fever vaccine before you travel.
- Use mosquito repellent.
- Wear clothes that do not expose arms and legs.
In ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.