Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika virus … all these diseases are carried by infected Aedes or Tiger mosquitoes and are a big cause of concern in India. From high fevers and body aches to chronic conditions like arthralgias and haemorrhagic fevers, these viral infections can cause a lot of problems. No vaccine or treatment is available for either of these conditions so far. To keep your family safe from these epidemics, here are some preventative measures and natural remedies to provide relief.
Prevention – Your best bet
As you can see from the signs and symptoms of dengue, the protection against mosquito bites is no longer just a matter of comfort, but rather of prevention from harmful diseases. The fight against these diseases is therefore primarily preventive and aims to prevent mosquito bites. There are several ways to do this.
1. Cover Up
Wear loose and long clothes also covering the arms and legs to the ankles during the day, especially at the beginning and end of the day. These are periods of intense activity of mosquitoes.
2. Use Mosquito Nets and Repellents when Sleeping
The attack of the mosquitoes is maximum when we are sleeping and cannot fight back. Always use an effective mosquito repellent like Goodknight and a mosquito net when sleeping during the night or day time.
3. Reduce Breeding of Moqsquitoes
Look around you and clear away any type of stagnant water that can cause breeding of mosquitoes. An example is water in your cooler tank. Clean and clear all such containers.
4. Use Wire Mesh
Use physical barriers to stop mosquitoes from coming inside your home by using wire mesh on doors and windows. They can help reduce mosquitoes inside our homes by 70%.
5. Use a Roll on Fabric Repellent Outdoors
When going out, specially in areas of intense proliferation of mosquitoes, use clothes infused with fabric repellents. In case of contraindication to repellents (such as in infants and pregnant women) use safe and natural options like like Goodknight Fabric Roll-on which is 100% natural.
6. Community Efforts
In addition to the individual protection measures, the fight against these diseases involves the reduction of all potential sources of breeding sites consisting of stagnant water and any container likely to retain rainwater. Spraying biocides in the infected zones is also helpful.
As we have mentioned before, there is no vaccine for these viral diseases. So officially, there is no treatment. It is a good idea to visit your doctor immediately s soon as you see any symptoms of chikungunya fever or dengue or Zika. In case of infection, flu-like symptoms are treated with paracetamol or analgesics. The cutaneous manifestations are very often not treated. In alternative medicine, there are some ways to find relief.
- It is recommended to drink a lot of water and to take paracetamol to relieve the fever. Avoid aspirin or other pain relieving and blood thinning meds. As your doctor will tell you, fever is a defensive reaction of the body against an infection, it slows down the multiplication of viruses and bacteria that do not withstand high temperatures, so it is useless to reduce the temperature if it is not too much.
- Anti-viral essential oils can bring some relief although most of them are not recommended for pregnant women.
- Papaya leaf juice is known to cure dengue symptoms in adults almost instantly. The leaves juice increases the level of red and white blood cells as well as platelets.
- The use of some other medicinal plants like horsetail, guaco, lemon balm etc. can also fight zika virus symptoms. These plants can be eaten for example in the form of tea.
- There are also some cures in Homeopathy and Gemmopathy that you can talk to practitioners about.
* Note that it is important to always inform your doctor about the use of complementary therapy, even if using herbal products.