Dengue can be a dangerous disease that’s caused by infected mosquitoes, specifically the Aedes aegypti. Some cases of dengue can be asymptomatic, but usually, the initial symptoms like high-grade fever, joint pain, and rashes are the same for most patients. Dengue is most common in sub-tropical and tropical countries like the Philippines where dengue is considered an endemic across all its regions. While most dengue patients recover without any serious complications, a more severe form of dengue, also known as dengue shock syndrome (DSS) or dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), can lead to shock and even death. There is no current cure for dengue but it can be prevented through effective vector control initiatives and proper sanitation in your own home.
Here are some easy ways to prevent mosquitoes from making a home out of your house and tips to enhance your protection against dengue.
- Cover and clean water containers on a regular basis. Common household items like pet water containers, planter dishes, and flower vases can serve as breeding grounds since mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in standing water.
- Keep your house clean and tidy. Avoid leaving junk inside and outside the house which can possibly house mosquitoes and their eggs like old tires and other storage containers with water inside.
- Wear protective clothing like long sleeves and pants inside and outside the house most especially if you know that there is a dengue outbreak in your area.
- Invest in a mosquito net so you’re protected against insect bites when you sleep. Ensure that there are no holes and that it is properly sealed to get maximum protection.
- Consider putting up screens on your windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
- Purchase insecticides that’s effective against mosquitoes and is safe to use inside your home. The use of mosquito coils may help but use with caution and keep away from the reach of children.
- Dispose of waste properly. If possible, use closed trash bins and take out your trash on a regular basis. Segregating your trash may help prevent insects from entering your household.
- Drain and clean your roof gutters to avoid water build up. Do the same with pools, fountains, and bathtubs.
- Apply mosquito repellent all over your body—most especially during the rainy season or if you know that you will be exposed to insects. Consult a doctor first before using any kind of product on children.
- Although dengue is not spread from person to person, mosquitoes can become infected after it bites someone with dengue fever. This cycle, therefore, makes the infected mosquito capable of spreading dengue within your household.
Watch out for the warning signs of dengue so you can manage its symptoms while in the early stages. Prevention is always better than cure. Always consult your doctor before taking any form of medication including vitamins and topical creams. Go to your nearest and trusted hospital/clinic if symptoms persist.