Let’s talk about chikungunya. This is a virus that infects humans through the bite of a mosquito. It usually causes joint pain and fever. More often than not, it isn’t deadly. However, it doesn’t hurt to know the symptoms and how you can take care of yourself.
How to know if you have chikungunya?
The only way to be certain if you have chikungunya is through a blood test. Thus, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor if you observe the common symptoms.
What are the symptoms of chikungunya?
This virus can cause fever. The fever might last for a few days. However, the joint pain from chikungunya can last for longer periods of time such as weeks and even months. And this can generally affect your everyday life. But what are the initial symptoms of chikungunya?
It is almost similar to the symptoms of dengue and that is why you should not ignore the signs. If you must know, dengue fever can be more fatal.
- swelling around the joints
- joint pain
- muscle pain
How can you cure chikungunya?
To date, there are no specific medicines for chikungunya virus. Your doctors would recommend that you get enough rest and to always hydrate. As for the pain, you can take naproxen, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen. But of course, always consult your doctor before taking anything. You might have other health conditions that might not work well with our suggestions.
Is there a vaccine for chikungunya?
There is no vaccine for chikungunya right now. But there are ongoing tests and researches to come up with a vaccine. Let’s just hope that in a few year’s time, things will change and we can fully fight off the virus.
How can you prevent chikungunya?
So what do you have to do now? What are the preventive measures so no one from your family will suffer from chikungunya? We have a number of practical tips that you can follow.
Make sure that you have quality insect repellent.
We recommend the following brands.
- Cutter Lemon Eucalyptus
- Repel Dry Family Insect Repellent
- Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent V
Stay indoors as much as possible
We understand that outdoor activities can be fun. But with the spread of chikungunya virus, you might want to stay at home. Of course, you also have to exert effort so that your kids won’t play their gadgets all day long. Think of fun activities for them so they won’t get bored. We’re thinking of cooking, painting, or ask them to clean up their rooms (although the last one can be a real challenge).
In addition, if you are planning to go out of town, make sure that you have conducted thorough research. Learn if there are outbreaks there. Either you take extra care or you cancel your trip.
Wear appropriate clothes
This means that you have to cover your body. If you have kids, make sure that they wear pants and long sleeves.
If you have already suffered from chikungunya, please share with us your experience and how you were able to fight it off. We thank you in advance.