Dengue is one of the most deadly diseases that come from insects no bigger than a grain of rice. The dengue-carrying mosquitoes, aside from puncturing your skin with itchy nasty red pelts, can cause fever from the dengue virus. Treatment options are varied, but symptoms in some people are so discreet that they are unable to diagnose the problem until it's too late. Moreover, fever symptoms can mean many things, and it might take a longer time to identify that it's a dengue-caused thing, which eats up precious time. Dengue survivors can attest to the fact that time is a luxury you cannot have in this kind of sickness, because aside from dealing with fever treatment, you also have to consider the dropping platelets. The plummeting of platelets causes dengue to claim many lives.
But before you get worn out with these images of death brought by this small but terrible dengue carrying mosquito, here are some things you can do to help prevent dengue fever.
- Don't stay in the dark of things, literally and figuratively. Dark clothes, dark areas and dark walls have one thing in common: Dengue mosquitoes absolutely adore them! One way to avoid dengue is to make yourself as repulsive as possible to the mosquitoes. That's the literal side of it. Figuratively, you would not want to be kept in the dark when it comes to new information about dengue, so try to update yourself.
- Abhor stagnation. Totally abhor storing stagnated water that can be left unused for 2-3 days. The eggs of the dengue mosquito are an avid swimmer of these waters. This is their breeding place, so make sure that your home is not creating a giant Mecca for them to be fruitful and multiply.
- Invest in insect repelling lotions. These are really effective. Find a brand that will work for you. Apply it during nighttime, and especially when you are out on a night camp and the only thing protecting you from mosquito attacks are tents. If you are not that into lotions, you might also try diluting vinegar in water and bathing in it. But that might also repel other human beings in the process, so find the one with a human-friendly scent.
- Have handy rackets and insect trapping devices installed in the corners of your home. Of course, you cannot always expect that you can keep a vigil or eye out for these insects, tiny and discreet as they are. Some trapping devices, especially the electrically powered ones, make a popping sound each time it catches an insect, so make sure to warn your guests of these disturbances fostered for the sake of dengue protection.
- Place screens on windows and doors. This is especially mandatory if you have a nearby garden or adjacent areas that are dark and moist. This will also help keep those unwanted visitors out of your house.
Dengue fever information campaigns abound in different communities. Some even have projects of fumigating areas to ensure that existing nests of dengue-carrying mosquitoes are disrupted. The only danger is that some mosquitoes become immune to the chemicals used during fumigation and come out stronger and more harmful than ever. So instead of relying on community projects to save you and your family, you can be proactive and do what you can on your end through these guidelines.