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Any form of ailment during pregnancy can be worrisome. So if you get dengue during pregnancy, it can be a matter of concern. Due to their weakened immunity, pregnant women are more suscceptible to dengue virus. Continue reading to understand more about this disease and its effects on pregnancy and what the treatment and prevention options are.
Dengue is a viral disease transmitted to people by certain species of mosquito called Aedes aegypti. Dengue thrives in tropical regions where the climate is warm and humid. There are four types of the dengue virus. Therefore, if you get infected with one type of virus at any time, it gives lifelong immunity to that type but there is still a possibility that you can get infected by the other three types later. Since dengue is a mosquito-borne illness, the number of the dengue cases shoot up during the monsoon season, the period in which the mosquitoes thrive due to stagnant water. Aedes mosquitoes are more active during the day especially early morning and late afternoon.
The symptoms of the dengue fever appear 72 hours after the virus strays into the body after a mosquito bite. Most of the signs of dengue fever are quite similar to that of flu. Initial signs include:
Severe drop in the platelet count can result in low blood pressure and may lead to bleeding. This life threating condition is known as dengue hemorrhagic fever
Dengue fever in pregnancy can generate a lot of health complications for both the mother and the unborn baby. This is because as the immune system is suppressed during pregnancy, the chances are that pregnant women can have a severe form of dengue. Also, the virus can be transmitted to the unborn baby during pregnancy or birth. There may be a need for a caesarean section if you have dengue at any time during pregnancy. Some of the complications that can emerge during pregnancy due dengue fever are:
The risk of passing dengue fever to your baby will happen only if you have this illness towards the end of your pregnancy, otherwise, the chances of passing the virus to the fetus are very low. Generally, dengue is not known to cause any physical deformity in kids but you have to, however, be careful to prevent infection from spreading to your newborn baby. Your baby will be investigated for symptoms like fever, low platelet count and rashes in case you had dengue at the time of delivery.
Early diagnosis is significant in the effective treatment of dengue. Therefore, if flu-like symptoms persist or if you develop severe abdominal pain and vomiting after the fever subsides, go for a blood test to confirm dengue fever.
The treatment of dengue fever during pregnancy is same as that of any normal dengue fever case. Taking timely measures for safety will ensure that you and your baby are healthy.
Dengue is transmitted through mosquito bites. Therefore, preventing the thriving of mosquitoes helps to prevent dengue fever during pregnancy. For this:
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