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Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) During Monsoons - Tips for Treatment, Nutrition & Diet

Monday, September 20, 2010
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Dietary Tips for Dengue:

  • Warm soups and broths, vegetable and fruit juices, soft toasts and steamed vegetables should be provided
  • Hot and spicy food should be avoided during fever
  • Soft cooked green leafy vegetables and complex carbs in the form of porridge or soups
  • Fresh fruits are very important. Fruits high in Vitamin C should be given as they help in the healing process. Orange juice is packed with energy and helps in digestion, increases urinary output, and promotes antibodies for faster recovery.
  • Avoid greasy foods, fried food, fast food and junk foods.
  • Beverages high in caffeine should not be included e.g. soft drinks/ sodas, strong coffee
  • Biscuits with light green tea can be a great snack

The mantra is to give soft, bland and liquid foods, which are high in protein, energy and low in fat, every 2 hours. Start with a liquid diet for the initial two day and slowly graduate to soft and semi solid diet. Once the patient feels good introduce normal foods like rice/ pilafs, lentils/ dhals, milk and eggs.

Prevention from Dengue: There is no vaccine that provides protection from dengue as yet and as mentioned earlier the only method of controlling or preventing dengue virus transmission is to combat the vector mosquitoes. Thus it is of utmost importance to ensure sanitation of places where normally mosquito breeding is rampant. In areas where there is stagnant /contaminated water or ineffective or inadequate solid waste disposal, efforts must be made to prevent transmission to protect the local residents.

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar & Sangeetha Swamy
Sr. Dietitians

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19 October, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar I wonder if fogging is a healthy method of getting rid of mosquitoes and prevent breeding.

29 September, 2010 | Sujatha | Reply

Sujatha My apartment complex has a pool and it looks quite clean and good. My question is " Is it not safe for me to take my kids for a swim in the pool during monsoons. I stay in Bangalore and here it rains mostly in the evenings and mornings and late noons are pretty warm and my kids enjoy going to the pool, please advise."

30 September, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi Iyengar | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Iyengar Hello Sujata, as we all know germs cannot be seen through the naked eye however what you can ensure is that it appears clean. That apart for hygienic purposes, please talk to your swimming pool maintenance person that (1) the pool water is recycled continuously and goes through a good back water filtration system and (2) the water is regularly chlorinated as per norms to act as a good disinfectant.
The good thing about outdoor swimming pools is that sunlight falls on it and acts as a natural disinfectant too. So I think if your children are otherwise healthy `Go ahead and make a splash of it.’

21 September, 2010 | Raman Chauhan | Reply

Raman Chauhan Srry, one more question - how can people tell if its malaria or dengue, as both have similar symptoms.
Which is worse?

22 September, 2010 | Vijayalakshmi | Reply

Vijayalakshmi Hello Mr Raman, if a person is running a high temperature he should immediately consult a physician who will monitor the fever and suggest blood test when he suspects its beyond viral fever or influenza. Our articles are intended to keep you informed so that you are also aware of the different health challenges and complications if not attended to, and not take it too lightly.AT the same time it is not to displace or replace doctors/ medical fraternity. So our suggestion is when anybody is not feeling too well, kindly consult your family physician or GP.

21 September, 2010 | Raman Chauhan | Reply

Raman Chauhan So, if one is running a fever - how soon after developing fever should the patient get his blood tested for dengue.

25 August, 2013 | uma narula | Reply

uma narula if the fever doesnt subsides within 48 hrs of crocin/meftal tablets one should immediately consult doctor who will recommend desired tests.

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