Major point of worry about the mosquito borne diseases like Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya, (These ailments tend to surface more during the hot and humid climatic conditions as in the Monsoons) is that these could result into low platelet count. Lower than the standard number of platelets in blood can be a somber cause of concern leading to the disease is termed as Thrombocytopenia.
Disease Number One – Malaria
Malaria is one of those severe diseases that are caused by mosquito bite, and this primarily is seasonal. It is initiated when an infected, female mosquito from class Anopheles genus bites an individual and releases the malarial parasites into the body, particularly the liver. These parasites, called as Plasmodium, are capable of multiplying themselves into thousands of new ones, and can seriously infect the liver as well as the red blood cells. The incubation period for these parasites to grow in our body and produce symptoms is usually ten to fourteen days. Initial indications are similar to that of flu, and these could include high body temperature, headaches, shivering, body ache, lethargy, nausea and a worrying loss of appetite. Although, it is important to get oneself verified as soon as the symptoms start to develop, and to receive immediate treatment if malaria has been diagnosed. This is because if ignored for long, the parasites can seriously affect the brain, kidneys, lungs and blood.
Disease Number Two – Dengue
Dengue is transmitted through the bite of the Aedes mosquito. Dengue fever is also known as ‘backbone fever’ and it acts rather severely on people with compromised immunity. The initial symptoms are high fever, joint pains and some other signs and symptoms. Bleeding of the gums, nosebleeds, rash (red, pinprick-sized spots on the skin), and discoloration of the skin such as bruising, severe or uncontrollable bleeding (severe symptom) might show up. Other than this, symptoms like vomiting, nausea, severe body pain, retro-orbital pain, sore throat, lack of appetite etc. are some of the distinguishing signs and symptoms of dengue. As in the other mosquito bite related diseases, in case of Dengue also prevention should certainly be deliberated one of the best available option.
Disease Number Three – Chikungunya
The ailment of Chikungunya could lead to symptoms like a sudden, high fever, rashes on the body, headache, nausea and even some gastrointestinal infections. A peculiar sense of pain in the joints is one of the noticeable symptoms, and this can even lead to arthritis if not taken care of. One has to really be watchful to notice these symptoms and work towards preventing the development of this virus in the body.
Natural Remedies for Mosquito Borne Ailments – Malaria, Dengue & Chikungunya
For either, or all of the mosquito borne ailments – Malaria, Dengue & Chikungunya , the combination of Papeeta Patte (Papaya leaf extract), Giloy / Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia extract) and Tulsi Patte (Holy Basil leaves) is assumed to be of good support so as to cure a variety of these seasonal infections, and to increase our resistance to these diseases. Amla (Indian Gooseberry), Aloe vera extract, Wheatgrass juice, Pomegranate and Black Grape juice are superb herb options which could help to fundamentally boost the platelet count while providing tremendous nutritional and medicinal value. For those who are already suffering for any of the rainy season ailments, a concoction prepared using these natural ingredients could also help to increase the platelets, WBCs or the white blood cells and neutrophils. Along with these natural remedies, following the right diet pattern may also be of great help. Going easy on the food options and evading diets loaded with fried foods, spicy and heavy to digest food stuffs is needed. Also, including a variety of citrus fruits may be supportive. Vitamin C is a rich source for keep the platelets in check and this even aid in improving the platelet count. This is because while the citrus fruits act as antioxidants, they also stimulate the activity of Vitamin E in our body. It is believed that Vitamin E acts in contradiction of the pain and inflammation especially caused by Chikungunya. Natural as these are, these simple, herb based remedies do not have any side effects and are also regarded exceptional to be used both as precaution as well as curative measures. But while you are at it, you need to consciously continue to check and keep a tab on your platelet count.
In order to prevent these disease-carriers from emerging in the first place, we need to avoid letting any water become standing and stagnant in or around our surroundings i.e. all the possible places where water may accumulate needs to be checked and cleaned from time to time. Also, you need to make sure that you apply effective mosquito repellents if you are supposed to spend time outdoors, particularly if you reside in a rather tropical climate area. Another thing that needs to be taken care of is adequate water consumption. Distilled water should be preferred. This is because even if you do catch any of these monsoon borne diseases viz, malaria, dengue , chikungunya etc; sufficient water intake would help to bring down the body temperature, thus preventing your body from dehydrating and as well for draining out the harmful toxins.
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