Dengue pronounced as DENG-ey is a mosquito-borne disease that is caused by one of the five closely related dengue viruses that also cause yellow fever and West Nile infection. The fever is transmitted by the bite of Aedes mosquitos infected with the dengue virus. It can also be transmitted from one person to another directly. The majority of the cases of dengue fever occur in the tropical areas such as India, Southeast Asia, Southern China, Pacific Islands, Africa, Mexico and Central and South America. Dengue can affect anyone, but people with weak immune system are at higher risk of suffering an attack of dengue. The dengue hemmorrhagic fever is a more serious form of the viral illness which can be life-threatening, and it can even progress to the most severe form of the illness – dengue shock syndrome.
Symptoms of Dengue Fever
There are some characteristic symptoms of the dengue fever which make it easy to recognize. Those are as follows:
- Chills and sudden high fever
- Severe headache
- Appetite loss
- Severe muscle and joint pain
- Relatively low heart rate
- Pain behind the eyes
- Excessive fatigue
- Nausea and vomiting
- Bleeding from nose or gums and easy bruising
- Skin rash, small red spots, blisters or purple splotches on the skin
Diagnosis of Dengue Fever
In most cases, dengue fever is diagnosed when the patient exhibits the recognizable symptoms like high fever, headache, severe muscle ache, eye pain along with haemorrhage and petechial rash. The symptoms of dengue fever overlap with those of other viral illnesses and, therefore, it can be difficult to diagnose at times. A blood test known as the DENV Detect IgM Capture ELISA is used to diagnose dengue fever.
Treatment for Dengue Fever
Because dengue fever is caused by a virus, so there is no particular medicine to treat the illness.
- Pain relievers such as acetaminophen and codeine are administered to relieve headache and joint and muscle pain.
- Rest and optimum fluid intake are important to keep your body hydrated at all times.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and aspirin should be taken under doctor’s supervision because these medicines can worsen bleeding complications.
Use of Papaya Leaves to Fight Dengue Fever
Dengue has been wreaking havoc all over India but Delhi has been under the grip of Dengue for quite some time now, and people in desperation are opting for alternative medicines, natural remedies and herbal and ayurvedic cures. Although, there is no mention of using papaya leaves for dengue fever in Ayurveda, but there may be some truth to the claim. Because research and studies show that the enzymes chymopapin and papain present in papaya juice can normalize platelet count, enhance the clotting factor, improve liver functions and repair liver damage caused by dengue.
While some people sham the curative properties of papaya leaf as a hoax, there are some studies and scientific papers which prove that papaya leaves can be used dengue fever treatment. Dr. Nam Dang from the University of Florida research center stated in his study that papaya leaf juice is capable of fighting cancer such as breast cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer and cervical cancer. And moreover, papaya leaf does not have any toxic effect on the body. Another study by Dr Sanath Hettige, a general physician in Sri Lanka states that just like malaria and cancer the juice of young papaya leave can be used to treat dengue as well.
How to Use Papaya Leaves for Dengue Fever Treatment?
Following is a step by step guide on how to cure dengue fever with papaya leaves along with the recommended daily dosage for adults and children.
- Take 2 fresh papaya leaves that are neither too old not too young.
- Wash them thoroughly with water, discard the stalk, stem and other fibrous parts and crush the leaves using a pestle and mortar.
- Don’t add additives like water or sugar to the leaves while crushing them.
- Now, squeeze out the juice with clean hands and drink the juice 2 times a day.
- Papaya leaf juice is quite bitter but it is best not to add sugar or jaggery to the juice.
- Adults can consume 10 ml of the juice 2 times a day with 8 hours gap between 2 doses.
- Children between the age of 5 and 12 can consume 5 ml of the juice 2 times a day.
- It is best to start taking the juice when you notice the first symptoms of dengue fever in order to normalize platelet count.
- The most effective variety of dengue fever treatment papaya leaves are the leaves of the Red Lady papaya plant found abundantly in India.
Results of the Papaya Leaf Treatment for Dengue
Now that you know how to cure dengue fever with papaya leaves let us check out the expected results from this natural cure. Well, most patients notice signs of improvement within 24 hours of beginning the papaya leaf treatment and many patients are completely cured within 3 days or at the most within a week. But patients must take rest for 2 weeks to heal the weakness and discomfort. It is important to realize that the dengue fever treatment using papaya leaves is not yet scientifically proved and accepted as a formal mode of treatment in most countries, and therefore, it should not be used as a substitute for visiting the doctor at the earliest if you notice symptoms of dengue.
Measures to Prevent Dengue Fever
There are no vaccines to prevent and fight dengue fever and the most effective way to prevent this disease is by avoiding bites from infected mosquitoes.
- Use a mosquito repellent at all times, even when you are indoors.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and covered clothing when going outdoors.
- Avoid heavily populated residential areas if possible.
- Use mosquito screens on windows and doors.
- Use a mosquito net when you sleep.
- Clean the places where mosquitoes can breed to reduce the mosquito population.
- Get in touch with a doctor if you notice symptoms of dengue.
Spread awareness about this deadly disease and stay cautious about the efforts to protect your family members, your loved ones and yourself with the right preventive measures.
All the treatments – medicines, injections and vaccines are for general information of the reader. Please consult a doctor and get a formal prescription before taking any medicines, supplements and injections.
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