Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease common in tropical regions where the temperature is higher but there are periods of heavy rainfall.
Dengue consists of a viral infection in which the main symptom is fever, usually the signs 3 days after the mosquito bite.
The symptoms of dengue are very similar to a simple flu, for a correct diagnosis is important to do some medical examinations, pregnant women should go to the doctor at the least signal to do the necessary tests and, if necessary, start treatment.
In some countries such as Brazil, dengue fever has become a public health problem, pregnant women should be especially careful with dengue fever, during pregnancy, the immune system is more fragile and the disease can cause complications such as premature birth and fetal anomalies .
Symptoms of dengue
- Sudden high fever
- Muscle and joint pain
- Loss of appetite
- Changes in the palate
Treatment of dengue
Treatment consists of slowing down the symptoms with oral or intravenous rehydration, rest and maintenance of blood activity. The illness lasts for about 10 days, but recovery can take anywhere from two to four weeks, in some cases treatment can lead to hospitalization.
Dengue and Breastfeeding
Several studies indicate that breast milk and colostrum have antibodies against dengue, so you can and should breastfeed your baby to protect you from the disease.
Tips to Avoid Dengue
Wear light clothing
Protect the skin, protect yourself from disease spikes and wear long pants and long sleeves to have less exposed skin.
Rather than ventilated and cool places, the mosquito does not survive low temperatures.
Use repellents and mosquito nets to avoid being stung.