Patient Comments: Dengue Fever - Symptoms

What symptoms and signs did you experience with dengue fever?

Comment from: Amedeo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 08

I had a job travel, and got very sick with dengue fever, with fever at 38.5 Celsius, shaking hands, to the point I was unable to write, very bad vision and weakness. In the first visit to a local doctor, I got my platelets count at 50,000. I then stayed in bed for other three days drinking a lot of water and taking acetaminophen. After three days, another blood test indicated platelets at 20,000, which was strange because I felt well, no fever, no pain in any part of my body, no headache, no weakness, no bleeding in gums or red spots in my skin. But conscious of the danger, I was in 6 hours back to my country, directly to the hospital. After 36 hours of the last blood test, I had my platelets at 44000, after 6 hours of hydration, the platelets came to 52,000. They got my liver affected, but I was without pain, and the next day I was at home. After a week, I started to feel weak again, shaking fingers affecting fine hand movements and writing, and toes numbed. I could walk normally, but needed some effort to keep balance when not walking. I felt strange sensation from my knees to the feet when I stayed much time walking, and coffee increased the problems. Some days I feel better, others worse, at this moment I have passed 6 weeks after the fever.

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Comment from: kanchan, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I suffered from dengue fever in 2011. It almost killed me. It was severe; at a point I felt I was losing my vision. Within 3 to 4 days my platelet went down to 30,000 but somehow and because of doctor's care and medicine I survived. But it is really painful because I am suffering from memory problems and the most painful thing is that in 2012 I suffered from serious problem of rashes, then in 2013 from chronic nose problem, and in 2014 I suffered from food poisoning. In 2015 I suffered from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and now I am suffering from eczema. I suffered from all these just because of my low immunity and all because of dengue. I used to be good in sports and was a good prize winner athlete but now just because of dengue I am still suffering.

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Comment from: Harvey, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 29

I have lived in Bali for 20 years and never had this experience before. I developed what I thought was a bad case of flu. Very high fever (40 plus), vomiting, shaking violently like malaria, pain in the back and limbs, and low blood pressure (120/50). After five days I was very red in the face and chest like sunburn, dizzy when turning my head, and had headache, red palms, coughing and sore throat. I was very lethargic, just wanted to sleep. I have had this dengue for 8 days now. Christmas was ruined, I just hope I can get better for New Year.

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Comment from: Susan, MPH, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 01

Picaridin is a better choice over DEET. Also lemon eucalyptus and geranium oil at higher concentrations work; all on CDC report. I would never spray anything or even place it on my skin, or apply to clothing, even these less toxic alternatives that are known to work just as well as toxic DEET. I read a study showing that taking live probiotics like Nature's Way Optima, can help decrease symptoms of dengue. Live mixture of probiotics seem to help with any microbial infection in general. I will be taking it every day when I'm in tropical areas! Also spraying for these mosquitos with ULV is found not to be effective since the pregnant females that are about to lay their eggs (they are the ones that bite, not the males) hide under leaves and do not get exposed to the ULV spraying. Remove stagnant water sources, even 1 teaspoon! Also there is a fungi that is now being utilized to kill certain insects, which is working great for termites, biological control that is very specific.

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