Dengue Fever - Symptoms

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What are dengue fever symptoms and signs?

After being bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus, the incubation period ranges from three to 15 (usually five to eight) days before the signs and symptoms of dengue appear in stages. Dengue starts with chills, headache, pain upon moving the eyes, appetite loss, feeling unwell (malaise), and low backache. Painful aching in the legs and joints occurs during the first hours of illness. The temperature rises quickly as high as 104 F (40 C), with relatively low heart rate (bradycardia) and low blood pressure (hypotension). The eyes become reddened. A flushing or pale pink rash comes over the face and then disappears. The lymph nodes in the neck and groin are often swollen.

High fever and other signs of dengue last for two to four days, followed by a rapid drop in body temperature (defervescence) with profuse sweating. This precedes a period with normal temperature and a sense of well-being that lasts about a day. A second rapid rise in temperature follows. A characteristic itchy rash (small red spots, called petechiae) appears along with the fever and spreads from the extremities to cover the entire body except the face. The palms and soles may be bright red and swollen.

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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: 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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