How To Prevent Chikungunya During Monsoon

Monsoon brings with it the mosquito menace which in turn increases the incidence of Chikungunya.

Chikungunya is a fever caused by the chikungunya virus, which is spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito. One should go to a doctor if one has fever, severe joint pains especially at smaller joints like wrists, ankle, feet etc., headache, fear from light, rashes on trunk and lower limbs, red eyes, feeling of vomiting and abdominal pain.

Here are some ways to prevent chikungunya:

  • Avoid water collection in unused coolers, earthen pitchers, tyres, flower pots.
  • Also avoid putting any oil in collected water in order to prevent breeding of mosquitoes.
  • Spray insecticides at home and in nearby areas to kill mosquitoes.
  • Wear full sleeved clothes, long dresses and trousers that cover arms and legs to prevent mosquito bites.

Treatment

If you show signs and symptoms of chikungunya, for immediate relief, one can take paracetamol 650 mg and give cold sponging which can bring down fever. Drinking plenty of liquids is recommended.

But it is imperative you see a doctor. A typical treatment for chikungunya involves intravenous fluids to maintain adequate hydration, paracetamol to bring down fever and decrease pain. Tramadol can be used for pain relief if paracetamol fails.

Here are some home remedies for relief from chikungunya:

  • Garlic paste and clove oil can be applied on aching joints
  • Epsom salt (Magnesium sulphate) can be applied over inflamed joints
  • Chewing ashwagandha helps in speedy recovery
  • Drink coconut water in abundance as it detoxifies the liver and helps in faster recovery

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