Tips to Prevent Dengue

Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral disease that affects millions of people worldwide. It is especially prevalent in tropical and subtropical regions, such as the Philippines, where dengue season is a yearly occurrence. During this time, the number of cases of dengue increases, putting a strain on healthcare systems and causing concern for the public. 


The symptoms of dengue typically appear 3-14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. The symptoms can last for several days, and in severe cases, hospitalization may be required. Symptoms include high fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, and a rash. In severe cases, dengue can lead to life-threatening complications, such as dengue hemorrhagic fever. 


There is currently no specific treatment for dengue, and the best way to prevent the disease is to reduce the risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes. 

Education is a powerful tool in preventing the spread of dengue and reducing its impact on communities. By spreading awareness and knowledge about the disease and how it is transmitted, you can take steps yourself and your loved ones. Here are some effective ways to prevent dengue: 


1. Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Sites: Dengue mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so it’s crucial to eliminate standing water around your home. This can be done by emptying containers that hold water, such as flower pots and vases, and cleaning gutters and drains regularly. 


2. Use Insect Repellent: When going outside, use insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing. Look for products containing DEET which have been proven to be effective in preventing mosquito bites. 


3. Wear Protective Clothing: Long-sleeved shirts and pants, as well as socks, can help protect against mosquito bites. Light-colored clothing is also less attractive to mosquitoes. 


4. Use Mosquito Nets: If you live in an area with high mosquito populations, consider using a mosquito net while sleeping. This will create a barrier between you and any mosquitoes that may be lurking around. 


5. Keep Windows and Doors Closed: Mosquitoes are attracted to light and will enter homes in search of a meal. Keep windows and doors closed, or install screens to keep them out. 


6. Maintain Your Property: Keep your property well-maintained, including mowing the lawn and trimming bushes, which can provide shelter for mosquitoes. 


By taking these simple preventive measures, you can significantly reduce your risk of getting bitten by mosquitoes and contracting dengue. Remember to always seek medical attention if you experience symptoms of dengue, such as fever, headache, and muscle pain. Stay safe and protect your home from dengue. 

About The Author

Dr. Coco is a highly-educated and well-qualified primary care physician who graduated from the University of the Philippines Baguio with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center. She completed her three-year residency training in Family Medicine at Brokenshire Medical Center. She passed her diplomate exams in Family Medicine, given by the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians in 2018. 


Dr. Coco is dedicated to providing comprehensive and holistic care for her patients. She is a primary care physician who believes in delivering continuing comprehensive health care for all. To her, patients are not just a number as she takes time to analyse how she can improve their overall health every chance they can get. 

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