During the past few years, many epidemic diseases have emerged and they are announcing their presence all over the world. People should be well aware of all those kinds of epidemic diseases and should gain knowledge on how to prevent them. Some of those epidemic diseases are Dengue, Chikungunya and Swine flu. A huge number of people have lost their lives to these diseases as a result of no awareness and no preventive measures and once if these diseases attack, there are high chances that the patient may succumb to death depending on the intensity. Hence prevention is always better than cure.
Natural causes, hygiene issues and other anthropogenic reasons can be the cause of any epidemic. It is of course difficult to predict the arrival of any epidemic, so the best way to prevent them is to take the necessary precautions at all times. Out of the mentioned three diseases, let us dig deep into what dengue is, how deadly it can be and how homeopathy helps the people in both preventing and getting rid of this epidemic disease.
Dengue fever is the most common of all arthropod borne diseases, in other words, it’s one of the diseases that’s transmitted through parasites like mosquitoes. It occurs in most of the tropical countries often. Over half of World Health Organization member states representing a total of 2000 million are threatened by Dengue. Dengue viruses are arbo-viruses, which are nothing but the viruses which are spread through a medium, a mosquito in this case. The Dengue infection may lead to: 1) Classical Dengue fever II) Dengue Hemorrhagic fever without shock or III) Dengue Hemorrhagic fever with shock.
Aedes mosquitoes are usually the carriers of Dengue virus. These mosquitoes can be easily distinguished as they are larger in size and have black and white stripes on their body. Hence they are also known as tiger mosquitoes. They usually bite during the day time. They breed in artificial accumulation of fresh water, such as broken bottles and tins, flower pots, coconut shell, tree holes etc.
It is also known as “Break bone” fever. It first epidemically attacked the people of Scotland. The symptoms of Classical dengue fever can be recognized with sudden chills and high fever raised from 102 to 105 degree and continued about 3-5 days, intense headache (retro-orbital), severe muscle and backbone pain, vomiting, tastelessness, weakness, dry tongue, constipation, reddish eye, and oedoma on face. The fever lasts for 5-7 days after which the recovery is usually complete. The chance of fatality is very low.
It is the severe form of Dengue fever caused by infection of double Dengue virus. The first infection sensitizes the patient and the second appears to produce immunological catastrophe. The clinical manifestations are: a) Fever-acute onset-continues-lasting for 2-7 days; b) Liver enlargement and tenderness. Pain feels at pressure on liver. c) Nausea and vomiting, abdomen pain, d) Severe pain on whole body especially in backbone and joints. e) Hemorrhage which can be anything like bleeding under skin, bleeding from nose, Gum bleeding, blood in vomiting, blood in stool.
Homoeopathic system of medicine can treat and prevent dengue fever (DF) and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) by immuno-modulation of the patients without any side and adverse effects. The selection of homoeopathic drugs in these cases depends upon the individual response to infection and virulence of the virus. The symptoms of the patients those who are having dengue fever and dengue hemorrhagic are studied to decide about the curative and preventive homoeopathic medicines for any patient as well as epidemic as a whole.