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Symptoms of Dengue Fever v/s Malaria Fever

30 seconds is the time in which a child dies of a mosquito spread disease. While there are many culprits belonging to this category malaria, dengue, chickungunya, etc are the elite of the lot. Most deaths are due to either wrong diagnoses, delayed treatment or wrong treatment. Wrong diagnoses lead to wrong treatments which is a fatal mistake to make especially with a child’s life at stake. Most of these diseases have similar symptoms to that of each other and that of the seasonal flu which make them difficult to diagnose on the first go.

Here is a comparative analysis of the symptoms of dengue fever and symptoms of malaria fever to help diagnose and treat the diseases appropriately and on time.

Symptoms of Dengue fever: Sudden fevers going up to 105F, nausea, vomiting, mild bleeding of gums and in the nose, skin rashes, swollen lymph nodes, exhaustion, severe joint and muscle pain, sudden headaches, dehydration etc.

Symptoms of Malaria fever: bouts of chills fevers and excessive sweating are classic signs of malaria fever. Before the fever and chills set in milder symptoms like loss of appetite, fatigue, trouble sleeping, lack of sleep, vomiting, diarrhea, confusion, coughing, irritability, drowsiness may be seen in infected children. Abdominal and back pain can also be seen.

Most symptoms of both the mosquito borne diseases are the same. The major differences are bouts of fever. Symptoms of malaria fever are a recurrent cycle of chills fever and profuse sweating while that of dengue are sudden high fevers.

While the symptoms of dengue fever and malaria both have body aches, dengue causes joint and muscles pains especially pain in the eye sockets while malaria causes abdominal and back pains.

Both types of fevers cause dehydration but caused by different causes. Malaria fever causes dehydration by diarrhea and vomiting while dengue causes it by loss of plasma via internal bleeding. Dehydration has to be very closely monitored for dengue patients as things can get very bad very soon. Malarial dehydration however is relatively easily controlled with adequate fluids.

Despite similar symptoms, the differences are notable if one observes them closely. This knowledge of the difference between the two goes a long way in diagnoses and treatment of the rather traumatic and fatal diseases.

While it is good to be aware of the minute differences between the two, it is best to consult the good family doctor and confirm your suspicions with a definitive blood report rather than assuming that it’s either of these two and self- medicating the young ones. On some days it is actually just the seasonal flu that is giving the family sleepless nights. Stay informed stay safe is the simple policy to be used to keep the kids and yourself healthy wealthy and wise!

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