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Recognizing the Warning Signs of Dengue Fever: Stay Informed and Protected

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne viral infection that has become a significant public health concern in many tropical and subtropical regions, including the Philippines.


What is Dengue Fever?


Dengue fever is caused by the dengue virus, which is spread to people by infected Aedes mosquitoes. The illness can be mild or severe, with the severe form called dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) or dengue shock syndrome (DSS) posing a serious risk to life. The Philippines, with its tropical climate, is especially at risk for dengue outbreaks.


Warning Signs of Dengue Fever


Recognizing the early signs of dengue fever is vital for timely intervention and treatment. The main symptoms to watch for are:


  • High Fever: Sudden onset of a high fever (40°C/104°F).

  • Severe Headache: Intense pain, especially around the forehead.

  • Pain Behind the Eyes: Orbital pain is a frequent symptom.

  • Severe Joint and Muscle Pain: Often called "breakbone fever" due to the severe pain in muscles and joints.

  • Nausea and Vomiting: These gastrointestinal symptoms are often present.

  • Skin Rash: A rash can appear a few days after the fever begins.

  • Mild Bleeding: Symptoms like nosebleeds, gum bleeding, or easy bruising can indicate more severe forms of the disease.


Severe Symptoms: When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention


In certain situations, dengue fever has the potential to advance to severe dengue, which has the potential to be life-threatening. If you observe any of the indications below, it is essential to seek prompt medical attention:

 

  • Intense pain in the abdomen

  • Continuous vomiting

  • Quick breathing

  • Gums that bleed

  • Tiredness and agitation

  • Presence of blood in vomit or stool

Importance of Early Detection


Early detection and management are crucial in mitigating the impact and complications of dengue.


1. Dengue NS1 Test

 

The Dengue NS1 Antigen test is designed for the early detection of the dengue virus. It can detect the presence of the virus as early as the first day until the 5th day after the onset of fever. This early detection is crucial for prompt treatment and better outcomes.

 

2. Dengue Screening Package

 

Our Dengue Screening Package includes:

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) with Platelet Count: Helps monitor the blood components affected by dengue, particularly platelets, which are often reduced in dengue infections.

  • Dengue NS1 (Qualitative): Detects the presence of the dengue virus early in the course of infection.

  • Dengue IgG/IgM: Tests for antibodies to determine recent and past dengue infections, providing a fuller picture of the patient's immune response.


Stay Informed and Protected


This article provides information only. It's not a substitute for professional medical advice. Always talk to a healthcare provider about medical concerns and treatment options.

 

Awareness and early detection are your best defenses against dengue fever. If you or your loved ones exhibit any symptoms of dengue fever, do not hesitate to seek medical advice and testing.

 

By staying vigilant you can ensure early detection and effective management of dengue fever.

 

For more information or to book your dengue test, contact us at 8741 7777.


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