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Wednesday, August 10

Protecting My Family From Dengue-Causing Mosquitoes

It's rainy season once again and there are so many cases of dengue in today's news and most of them are children. As a parent I can't help myself from worrying about this. I want to Protect my family from these Dengue-Causing mosquitoes.

First, What is Dengue?   
Dengue is a debilitating viral disease of the tropics, transmitted by mosquitoes, and causing sudden fever and acute pains in the joints. [Source: www.google.com]
What causes Dengue fever?

The bite of an Aedes aegypti (yellow fever) mosquito, infected with any one of the four dengue viruses. When a mosquito bites a person infected with a dengue virus, the virus enters the mosquito. When the infected mosquito then bites another person, the virus enters that person's bloodstream.

What are the signs and symptoms?
  • Sudden onset of high fever which may last from 2 to 7 days.
  • Joint and muscle pain and pain behind the eyes
  • Weakness
  • Skin rashes
  • Nose-bleeding when fever starts to subside
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting of coffee-colored matter
  • Dark-colored stools
  • Difficulty of breathing
Treatment: 
  • Do not give aspirin for fever.
  • Give sufficient amount of water or re-hydrate a dengue suspect.
  • If fver or symptoms persists for 2 or more days, bring the patient to teh nearest hospital.
Are there any ways to prevent and control dengue?

Here's a very helpful advisory from the Department of Health (www.doh.gov.ph): Follow the 4S against Dengue.


I hope everyone will participate in this fight against dengue...

As for our family, here's what we have tried to prevent from being bitten by mosquitoes. We use a spray (sometimes we use Baygon and sometimes Mortein), we've also tried mosquito repellent lotions from Off and Green Cross but it only lasts for 8 hours maximum.


So, we opted for the mosquito repellent patch  like Moskishield which is deet-free and lasts up to 24 hours and aside from that we also use the natural mosquito repellent which is also deet-free from Human Nature...

So far, those are the products that we have used and been using and I am quite satisfied with them. I hope that these Dengue-Causing Mosquitoes will be gone soon. 

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