In this hour of crisis, when almost 20,000 cases of Dengue have been reported in the country this year, Health Care at Home India Pvt. Ltd, a joint venture between the Burman family (the promoters of Dabur India) and founders of Health Care At Home, UK; helps you fight dengue at home.
Dengue is a persistent viral fever ranging for more than 4-5 days, coupled with severe headache and body pain. But any persistent fever is not dengue. Hence it becomes of prime importance to understand these warning signs to distinguish between any viral fever and Dengue Hemorrhagic fever. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is characterized by these symptoms:
- Acute fever
- Any form of sudden bleeding from nose, ear and gums
- Red spots on the cornea of the eye or any part of one’s body
- Bloody urine or stool
- Constant bruising at the lightest touch
- Severe abdominal pain coupled with persistent vomiting, sometimes with blood
If these signs are felt by a patient then immediate help should be sought because although dengue results in a low platelet count in the body which can be dealt with by platelet infusion, but in case the warning signs mentioned above are recurrent Dengue hemorrhagic fever can even prove to be fatal.
Speaking on the issue, Dr Gaurav Thukral, Vice President & Business Unit Director at Health Care at Home India Pvt. Ltd, remarked, “With the increasing number of Dengue cases in the country and a lack of medical infrastructure to cater to all an acute shortage of beds is seen. In such a situation undue panic is created, where many who don’t need hospitalization end up occupying beds in hospitals and those in dire need of medical attention are left otherwise. Most of the cases of Dengue don’t need hospitalization and until and unless the symptoms are chronic. With Health Care at Home India’s services, dengue can be easily treated at home.”
Health Care at Home India presents you with a list of important things while tackling with Dengue to keep in mind that will ensure the safety of your family and you:
- Don’t rush to get hospitalized. Call for a doctor at home instead to be doubly sure.
- Keeping a donors list ready will save time in the hour of need. With hospitals over worked and dengue patients on the rise, there can be a shortage of specific blood types.
- To ensure that no time is wasted, one must also get the prospective donors screened, because it might so happen that a particular donor might get rejected. Having a ready list of acceptable donors will help save time but also lives.
- Another important point to keep in mind is that, if there isn’t any indication that the patient needs a platelet transfusion then conducting one can be harmful to the patient instead. So until and unless there is a dire need, platelet transfusion should not be carried out.
HCAH India also recommends maintaining hygienic and clean surroundings, proper and sustainable garbage disposal, and a heightened consciousness is the key to dengue prevention. Make sure that your family and you are adequately hydrated at all times, and keep mosquito repellant handy. Individual as well as community efforts will add considerably in the humanity’s fight against dengue!