Children and infants may have not have symptoms or may have flu-like symptoms. Adults may develop a more serious, life-threatening illness. The main symptoms are high fever and at least 2 from the list below:
- Eye pain
- Chills and fever
- Muscle or bone pain
- Red or purple spots in skin
- Minor bleeding in the nose or gums
- Easy bruising
- Nausea or vomiting
The fever goes away within 3-7 days after symptoms start. This is when the warning signs of a serious infection may appear. These may include:
- Severe belly pain
- Frequent vomiting
- Bleeding from the gums or nose that's hard to stop
- Black tarry stools or blood in the urine
- Difficulty breathing
- Pale, cold, or clammy skin
A serious infection can lead to shock and organ failure.
If you travel to areas where dengue fever is common:
- Stay in places with screens or air conditioning.
- Cover your skin with long clothes, socks, and shoes.
- Use bug sprays that contain DEET.
- Use mosquito netting treated with bug spray.
- Keep in mind mosquitoes are more active during early morning, late afternoon, and early evening.
- Tip out standing water in buckets, flower pots, or other containers. Mosquitoes breed in standing water.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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