Opinion & Commentary

Updated on

5 Long-term side effects of dengue fever

Dengue is a breathtaking disease that keeps us confused. It takes a long time to show its real symptoms. I have listed several side effects of dengue fever that affect health.
Lokeish Umak
Lokeish Umak

There is a long-term side effects of dengue fever on human body. The infection of dengue is more common among kids under the age of 5. However, dengue is even more susceptible in the tropical and subtropical areas of urban cities. Due to the increase in gutter lines, ignorance of savage water treatment, and many other factors.

Dengue fever is a viral infection caused by the dengue virus. Furthermore, it is primarily transmitted through the bite of infected female Aedes mosquitoes. Most people infected with the dengue virus experience mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.

However, in some cases, dengue can lead to more severe health effects, especially if it progresses to dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) or dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

Here are the 5 potential health side effects of dengue

5 Long-term side effects of dengue fever
5 Long-term side effects of dengue fever
  1. Mild Dengue Fever
  2. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF)
  3. Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS)
  4. Long-Term Effects
  5. Increase Risk of Severe Dengue

Side effects of dengue

1. Mild Dengue Fever

The majority of dengue cases present as mild dengue fever, which is characterized by many symptoms.

  • If you are having a high fever.
  • Experiencing severe headaches.
  • Sometimes feeling pain behind the eyes.
  • You may experience joint and muscle pain
  • Sometimes fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and a skin rash.

There is a serious infection risk here. However, these symptoms usually resolve within a week if you take the proper course of action.

2. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF)

In some cases, dengue can progress to DHF, which is a severe and potentially life-threatening form of the disease.

DHF symptoms may include all of the above mild dengue symptoms.

  • Bleeding from the nose or gums, easy bruising, a tendency to bruise easily.
  • Presence of petechiae (small red or purple spots on the skin).
  • DHF can lead to organ damage and failure and requires immediate medical attention.

3. Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS)

DSS is the most severe form of dengue and can be fatal. It is characterized by symptoms similar to DHF, along with signs of shock.

  • Sudden drop in blood pressure.
  • A rapid and weak pulse, cold and clammy skin, and restlessness.

DSS requires immediate medical attention and intensive care management.

4. Long-Term Effects

In some cases, individuals who have had dengue may experience lingering symptoms, such as fatigue and weakness, for several weeks or even months after the acute phase of the infection.

5. Increased Risk of Severe Dengue

If a person has been infected with one serotype of the dengue virus, they may become more susceptible to severe dengue if infected with a different serotype in the future. This phenomenon is known as antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE).

Dengue can affect people of all ages, and severe cases are more common in infants, young children, and the elderly. If you suspect you have dengue or experience any of the symptoms associated with severe dengue, seek immediate medical attention.

Early detection and proper medical management can significantly improve outcomes for those with severe dengue.

Lokeish Umak

Lokeish Umak

Lokeish Umak writes about his favorite topics, such as essay, poems, health, fitness, nutrition, etc. He also invites guests on his podcast show, "Chronicle Conversations."
View all posts by Lokeish Umak

Featured Writers

Culture & Entertainment

Stories that Stir Souls: Illuminating the Path of Storytelling’s Influence

Storytelling: timeless art connecting people through narratives. From prehistoric times to modern tech, it educates, preserves culture, and inspires a better future. Crucial in bridging divides, it reminds us of our shared humanity.
Avatar photo
Yashasvy Singh
Storytelling: timeless art connecting people through narratives. From prehistoric times to modern tech, it educates, preserves culture, and inspires a better future. Crucial in bridging divides, it reminds us of our shared humanity.
Opinion & Commentary

How I Lost and Found My Voice

"Initially, I changed my Malawian accent to fit in. But I learned my voice mattered, and my roots made me unique. Through struggles, I found my true self by embracing my Malawian identity. My journey is chronicled in my books, 'What Kind of Girl?' and 'Some Kind of Girl.'"
caroline Kautsire
Caroline Kautsire
how i lost and found my voice
Opinion & Commentary

Nurturing Values In Children Through Storytelling

How storytelling shapes young minds, instilling empathy and resilience. Explore the power of narratives in nurturing values in children.
Devanshi Joshi
Devanshi Joshi
Culture & Entertainment

From Poetic Pause to Professional Power: The Journey of Emotional Resilience

Moving With Meaning offers guidance in emotional resilience, from introspective reflection to assertive leadership. Through coaching and the 3C Approach, we empower professionals to navigate challenges with grace and determination. Whether early, mid, or late career, we support you in finding purpose and direction in every step of your journey.
author, life coach, and the driving force behind Moving With Meaning LLC
Krystal Clark
Moving With Meaning offers guidance in emotional resilience, from introspective reflection to assertive leadership. Through coaching and the 3C Approach, we empower professionals to navigate challenges with grace and determination. Whether early, mid, or late career, we support you in finding purpose and direction in every step of your journey.

Read more

Culture & Entertainment, Environment & Sustainability, Lifestyle & Personal Development, Opinion & Commentary

The Unsung Heroes: The Role of Volunteers in Modern Society

Opinion & Commentary

Met Gala 2024: Garden of Time

More in Interviews

The author Gabor Holch: Worldwide business leaders who try to comprehend China’s unavoidable impact on their livelihoods often ignore the most important voices: those of expatriate managers with years of experience in the country. Based on interviews with China-based corporate executives over five years, Dragon Suit brings to life the country’s swarming cities, recent economic tsunami, unstoppable middle class.

Finding a catchy book title is a headache, says Gabor Holch

Interview with Gabor Holch, author of "Dragon Suit": Explores expat executives' journey in China's business world, revealing both success and failure stories, reflecting on China's economic evolution and global impact.
first aid kit is an essential part when you choose bike / MTB for riding.

Stefan Eberharter: I always bring my first aid kit with me

Meet Stefan Eberharter, a MTB pro rider who got an excellent skills and training of downhill and other important bike riding skills that will ...
Do you love riding a motorcycle? If so, this article is for you, and if you are a Harley Devidson fan, you must read this interview with Maldita before purchasing one or if you already own one.

Maldita: “I try to travel and discover different cultures”

Do you love riding a motorcycle? If so, this article is for you, and if you are a Harley Davidson fan, you must read this interview with Maldita before purchasing one or if you already own one.