Can Dragon Fruits Help Fight Dengue?

Dragon fruit, a possible cure for dengue fever
Dragon fruit, a possible cure for dengue fever

Statistics show that one of the worst affected cities in the state owing to dengue of India is Mumbai.

While several outdoor parties, shaadis and other function were cancelled or shifted to an indoor venue due to it, what is also adding fear and panic to most people is that there is no actual medical solution to the fever yet However, word has been going around the said city about how natural cures can be of help to at least help boost a person’s hemoglobin levels (which falls due to dengue fever) within a short period of time. The said natural cures are dragon fruits as well as the extract of papaya leaves.

What people do not know much about is that dragon fruits can actually help boost an individual’s hemoglobin. They also often ignore and do not realise is that the answer to getting back on their feet lies already in what they see in front of their eyes or actually have been eating it.

Dr. Nupur Krishnan, a nutritionist, says that apart from green leafy diet, people have been eating dragon fruits for a long time now. The said fruit has a lot of benefits to an individual. Firstly, the vitamin C that is naturally present in this fruit can aid in improving cellular immunity and preventing dengue hemorrhagic fever. It is also healthy for bones and boosting hemoglobin (helps prevent the dangers of free radicals) owing to its high antioxidant properties. It also makes for light consumption, so it is apt for someone suffering from fever. In addition, dragon fruit offers powerful antioxidants, phytonutrients, lycopene, high fiber, phosphorus and iron content. It can be clearly seen just by the health boosters it can offer that it can really aid in curing dengue.

Image by QFLF

How To Prevent Dengue

Preventing dengue fever
Preventing dengue fever

Since there has not been any vaccine to prevent dengue fever from being experienced by people yet, the only way to prevent it is to avoid the transmission of the virus to mosquitoes. To this end, patients are kept under mosquito netting until the second bout of fever is over and they are no longer contagious.

The prevention of dengue requires control or eradication of the mosquitoes carrying the virus that causes dengue. In nations that are often plagued by dengue fever, people are urged to empty stagnant water from old tires, trash cans, and flower pots because these are just some of the common places that dengue-causing mosquitoes lives. Governmental initiatives to decrease mosquitoes also help to keep the disease in check but have been poorly effective.

Another easy thing to do to prevent getting mosquito bites is to wear long pants and long sleeves. You can also make use of insect repellent sprays that contain DEET when visiting places where dengue is endemic. There are no specific risk factors for contracting dengue fever, except living in or traveling to an area where the mosquitoes and virus are endemic. Limiting exposure to mosquitoes by avoiding standing in water and staying indoors two hours after sunrise and before sunset will help. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a daytime biter with peak periods of biting around the time of sunrise and sunset. It may bite at any time of the day and is often hidden inside homes or other dwellings, especially in urban areas.

Up to date, there is still no vaccination for preventing dengue fever from occurring. There is a vaccine undergoing clinical trials, but it is too early to tell if it will be safe or effective. Early results of the the said clinical trials show that a vaccine may be available within the year 2015.

Image by BlogSpot

Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever

A child with dengue hemorrhagic fever
A child with dengue hemorrhagic fever

Dengue hemorrhagic fever, or DHF, is a specific syndrome that tends to affect children under 10 years of age. It causes abdominal pain, hemorrhage (bleeding), and circulatory collapse (shock). DHF is also called Philippine, Thai, or Southeast Asian hemorrhagic fever because its cases are often seen in the said countries or others which are located in the tropics and subtropics. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is also called dengue shock syndrome.

DHF starts abruptly with high continuous fever and headache. There are also respiratory and intestinal symptoms with sore throat, cough, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Shock occurs two to six days after the start of symptoms with sudden collapse, cool, clammy extremities (the trunk is often warm), weak pulse, and blueness around the mouth (circumoral cyanosis).

In Dengue hemorrhagic fever, there is often bleeding with easy bruising, blood spots in the skin (petechiae), spitting up blood (hematemesis), blood in the stool (melena), bleeding gums, and nosebleeds (epistaxis). There are also cases on women wherein they experience too much bleeding as they menstruate. Physicians states that it is also a cause of Dengue hemorrhagic fever. Pneumonia is also common, and inflammation of the heart (myocarditis) may be present.

Patients with DHF must be monitored closely for the first few days since shock may occur or recur precipitously (dengue shock syndrome). Cyanotic (bluish colored) patients are given oxygen. Vascular collapse (shock) requires immediate fluid replacement. Blood transfusions may also be necessary to control bleeding.

Statistics show that the mortality (death) rate with DHF is significant. With proper treatment, the World Health Organization estimates a 2.5% mortality rate. However, without proper treatment, the mortality rate rises to 20%. Most deaths occur in children. Infants under a year of age are especially at risk of dying from DHF.

Image by Thai Lab Online

Facts You Need To Know About Dengue

About Dengue Fever
About Dengue Fever

Dengue fever can now be considered a common disease among people, especially in children. We all know that there are even more diseases that are worse than dengue but it is best if we kept cautious about it. By doing so, you need to have enough information about dengue fever to be able to understand the possible effects it may lead to as well as to how to act immediately when you think you have the said fever.

A child with dengue fever
A child with dengue fever

Another problem withe the people around a person with a dengue is that they do not usually pay attention to the environment they are living in. So instead of curing the said disease, they should have prevented it from happening in the first place. Maybe one example is that parents tend to have less to no time at all in taking proper care of their children and most of them may be due to work or suffering from emotional and psychological stress such as Japanese comfort women.

So here are just must-to-know facts about dengue:

  • Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes.
  • Symptoms of dengue fever includes severe joint and muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, headache, fever, exhaustion, and rash. The presence of fever, rash, and headache is the most common characteristic of a dengue fever.
  • Dengue is prevalent throughout the tropics and subtropics.
  • Because dengue fever is caused by a virus, there is no specific medicine or antibiotic to treat it. For typical dengue fever, treatment is directed toward relief of the symptoms (symptomatic relief).
  • The acute phase of the illness with fever and myalgias lasts about one to two weeks.
  • Dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) is a specific syndrome that tends to affect children under 10 years of age. It causes abdominal pain, hemorrhage (bleeding), and circulatory collapse.
  • The prevention of dengue fever requires control or eradication of the mosquitoes carrying the virus that causes dengue.
  • There is currently no vaccine that has been discovered or developed for dengue fever.

Image by Kwik News and Chiang Rai Times