As the monsoons set in, it brings along several mosquito-borne diseases in India, including the dreaded dengue. The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes breed in clean and stagnant water and spread the disease through their bites.
No specific medication or vaccination is available in the medical world to cure this illness. Once dengue symptoms are detected, patients are prescribed painkillers, paracetamol, plenty of fluids to drink, ample rest, etc.
What are the signs and symptoms of dengue?
Initial signs of dengue are low white cell count, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, massive eye pain, high fever, gum bleeding, rashes, eye bruising, etc.
In case of severe cases, dengue fever symptoms include –
- Nausea and vomiting,
- Skin rashes with red spots,
- Internal bleeding,
- Liver failure,
- Vomiting blood,
- Chronic abdominal pain,
- Tarry, black stool,
- Clammy skin,
- Difficulty in breathing, etc.
Medical complications can even lead to the patient’s death. While mild cases are usually treated within 7 to 10 days, severely critical patients need hospitalisation and constant monitoring. Besides the health issue, this also results in huge expenses.
To help you with monetary benefits, consider having insurance policies like the monsoon insurance cover in place. Such products provide coverage against the expenses incurred from seasonal diseases.
Alternatively, you can also go for a water-borne disease insurance cover to compensate the hospitalisation and medication charges. Along with this financial protection, every individual must follow some tips and precautionary actions to stay safe from dengue disease.
6 easy tips to prevent dengue
#Tip 1: Eradicate all mosquito habitats
Clean up all the stagnant water sources in and around your house to prevent mosquito breeding.
#Tip 2: Use a mosquito net
The simple reason to invest in a mosquito net is to protect from insect bites when sleeping. Make sure there are no gaps or holes for maximum protection.
#Tip 3: Cover yourself both indoors and outdoors
If your residential area is dengue affected, wear protective clothing like full pants and full sleeve shirts always. As the carrier mosquitoes bite during the day when using mosquito nets are not possible, you must cover yourself properly to stay safe.
#Tip 4: Drain out the water build-up in roofs
Water build-up in roofs is a common scenario during the monsoons. So, make sure to clean your roof and drain out stored water, preventing mosquito growth. Ensure to alert your neighbourhood regarding dengue fever and cleanliness.
#Tip 5: Apply mosquito repellent
Especially when going outdoors, apply a mosquito repellent containing DEET on the exposed skin. If you are using sprays, spray it on your hands first and then apply on your face. However, avoid using any repellent on irritated skin, wounds, injuries, cuts or near the mouth or eyes.
Wash off with mild soap if you experience irritation after applying the repellent. Consult a medical practitioner immediately in case it worsens.
#Tip 6: Close the doors and window screens
Prevent the killer mosquitoes from entering your house by closing the doors and windows screens. Additionally, you can use vaporizers, coils and insecticide-treated materials.
Note that in many cases, no dengue symptoms are visible in an affected individual at all. You must, therefore, abide by these preventions and tips to stay safe and healthy.
Receive additional protection with an insurance plan
Considering the increased rate of dengue fever in India, an insurance policy is apt for financial benefits. You can look for tailored Dengue Cover provided by Bajaj Finserv under their range of Pocket Insurance & Subscriptions. You need to pay a minimum amount for coverage up to Rs.50,000.
Such plans cover diagnostic tests, medication cost, hospitalisation expenses, hospital room rent, and treatment charges. On identifying the signs and symptoms of dengue, you must visit a doctor without any delay. Ensure adequate protection even after being affected once as dengue can infect an individual multiple times.