Key facts, risks, preventions of Chikungunya

A few days back my neighbor’s son came to me and asked that his father’s health condition is getting worse from early morning. I went to his home and saw him in severe pain. He was unable to walk, he had severe join pain especially in the ankle region, it was not like any normal pain but it was terrible pain, he had sudden onset of fever from the morning followed by join pain and headache, I took my neighbor to a nearby hospital, the doctor asked me to get him admitted for 2 days. I suspected that it was Chikungunya because the symptoms all indicated that. There has been several cases of Chikungunya all over India, most cases are reported in New Delhi, NCR and in most part of North India.

Key facts of about Chikungunya

  •  It is a mosquito-borne viral disease transmitted from the infected mosquito to humans.
  •  It's symptoms are similar to Dengue; hence it can be misdiagnosed as Dengue.
  • Common symptoms are onset of sudden fever, Joint pain, muscle pain headache, nausea, fatigue and rash.
  • Unfortunately there is no cure of Chikungunya; the reason is no such vaccine is yet developed for it.
  • Chikungunya does not cause death in adults but it can cause death to older people and new born babies
  • It mostly occurs in Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent, now the cases have found in Europe and America
  • Mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus are the carriers of Chikungunya virus, these two species  also carry Dengue virus. Both Mosquitoes bite outdoors while Aedes aegypti can be active indoors.
  • Mostly these mosquitoes found biting during day time i.e. early morning and late afternoon.
  • Once bitten by an infected mosquito the viral disease can occur between 4 to 8 days.
  •  As there is no vaccine available as such, the best way to protect yourself as well as  people in your vicinity is to ensure that mosquito vectors should not spread. Regular insecticide spray should be a good way to protect your vicinity.
  • To prevent Indoor infections one should use Mosquito repellents which should contain DEET (N, N-diethyl-3-methylbenzamide),IR3535 (3-[N-acetyl-N-butyl]-aminopropionic acid ethyl ester) or icaridin (1-piperidinecarboxylic acid, 2-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-methylpropylester) and also Mosquitoe nets.
  • Mostly children who sleep during daytime are vulnerable; hence they should be protected with all ways and means.
  • Combiflam Tablets are recommended for Chikungunya.



How homeopathy can help in preventing Chikungunya

  • Eupatorium Perfoliatum 200C is said to be the chief homeopathic remedy for Chikungunya while Polyprus Pinicola 200C is also very effective. As homeopathy has not side effects one can use these medicines as preventives for Chikungunya. In fact these two medicines are best preventives for Dengue too.
  • Consult a homeopathic doctor for the dosages, potency of the dosages.
  • Rhus Tox is another homeopathic remedy capable of reducing or eliminating the joint pain as well as muscle pain for people infected with Chikungunya.

 

 

Natural way to increase blood platelets

Papaya leaves are very effective in increasing the platelet counts within 2 to 4 hours.

Goat milk is another natural dietary supplement to increase platelet counts.

 

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Written By Dipti Prasad Padhi

 

By : Dipti Padhi| Category : Health & Science| Sub Category : Diseases & Remedies|

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