Best Ways To Prevent And Treat Dengue Fever (You Might Have It And Not Know It!)

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4. Stay Hydrated

A well-hydrated body is much less likely to come down sick. Also, since our blood cells are made up of both protein and water, drinking plenty of water each day will prevent a low platelet count, which is a common symptom of dengue. Be sure to drink plenty of water, herbal teas, lemon water, vegetable juice, and bone broth to keep your body super healthy through super hydration.


5.  Use Screens or Air Conditioning

If possible, use air conditioning to not only stop mosquitoes from entering your home (since you will keep the doors and windows closed) but also because mosquitoes need a warm environment to thrive. If you don’t have or can’t use air conditioning, be certain that all doors and windows have screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. If you live in an area where mosquitoes are a problem, use a mosquito net around all the beds in the home to prevent being bitten while you sleep. Inspect all screens on a regular basis and repair tears or holes quickly.


6. Basil Leaves

Anytime you feel you might be at risk for dengue fever, such as finding a mosquito bite or after visiting a high risk area, reduce your risk of developing this virus by consuming basil leaves. Basil leaves have immune boosting compounds that can prevent you from becoming infected. You can chew on fresh, tender basil leaves (which are also terrific for bringing down high temperatures) or make basil tea by simmering a handful of leaves in 2 cups of water over a low heat for about 20 minutes. Cool and then strain. Drink two cups each day.


7. Wear Protective Clothing

Sometimes the simplest methods are the best. Wearing protective clothing that covers your skin as much as possible such as long sleeved shirts, long pants, or wearing mosquito repellent clothing can go a long way towards avoiding being bitten. Wear light colored clothing because dark colors such as navy blue or black attract mosquitoes. Most insects, including mosquitoes, see dark colors more easily so simply wearing lighter colors can help you avoid these biting insects. Although sandals might be comfortable, you should consider wearing socks with them around or closed shoes such as tennis shoes.

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