A Bengaluru doctor offered insights on the Dengue-like illness that is on the rise in Bengaluru, touching on early detection, preventative methods & treatment.
Amid reports of an alarming rise in a Dengue-like illness in Bengaluru, a city-based doctor, Dr Gaurav Sharma – a general physician with around 20 years experience in medical research – spoke to Hindustan Times about identifying the disease in early stages and treating it effectively.
Several individuals, mainly children, have been developing symptoms closely associated with Dengue, including a drop in platelet count, however tests for the viral disease are coming back negative.
Dr Gaurav Sharma said individuals are developing Dengue-like symptoms including fever with chills and sweating, headache, rashes, fatigue, some haemorrhagic symptoms and joint and muscle pain. Haemorrhagic symptoms include bleeding tendencies, such as nosebleeds, gum bleeding, or petechiae, which are small red or purple spots on the skin, he added.
“While dengue fever is a well-known cause of such symptoms, other viral infections like chikungunya, Zika virus, and various other arboviruses can produce similar clinical pictures,” Dr Sharma said
Seeing as there is often no specific antiviral treatment available, one should prevent such diseases by vector control, that is, by eliminating mosquito breeding sites, especially in vulnerable regions where these illnesses are prevalent. Additionally, practicing good personal protection, such as using mosquito repellent and wearing protective clothing, can help reduce the risk of infection, Dr Sharma said.