The most common symptoms of Dengue fever are as follows:
- High fever (Body temperature ranges from 102 to 105F)
- Muscles pain - Due to depletion of electrolytes which results in improper contraction and relaxation of muscles
- Bone and Joints pain
- Stomach pain
- Eye pain particularly behind the eyes and eye burning sensation (due to high body temperature)
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Altered consciousness (Dizziness)
In some cases, swollen lymph nodes and severe diarrhea are also seen.
In most of the cases, Dengue will be confused with other illnesses as the symptoms remain the same, however, there is one difference that you can observe in patients with dengue fever.
- Characteristic red patches all over the body or we can say rashes
The above symptom can be used to differentiate dengue fever from other viral and bacterial fevers.
Dengue is dangerous if left untreated, it turns into severe dengue in which the symptoms become worse.
The symptoms observed in severe dengue patients are:
- Bleeding from various parts of the body including the nose, mouth, etc.
- Platelet count falls down enormously leading to bleeding.
Severe dengue may results in shock, internal bleeding and even death. Patients should be treated for it at the earliest.
With the help of a platelet count test, one can differentiate dengue from other fevers.