If you have dengue fever, do you need to abstain from bathing?

According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tien Dung, former Head of Pediatrics Department, Bach Mai Hospital, if the patient has mild dengue fever, the patient can still bathe normally. However, it should be noted that you should not bathe and soak your body in water for too long, you should only bathe with moderately warm water, do not bathe with cold water. After bathing, you need to dry your hair.

In the case of a patient with thrombocytopenia, when bathing, care should be taken not to scrub vigorously to avoid bleeding under or in the muscle. If the patient has bleeding under the skin, low platelets, they should not bathe, but should only use a warm towel and wipe the body.

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Patients with mild dengue fever can still bathe normally. (Artwork: Vinmec)

Dengue fever is a dangerous infectious disease caused by a virus. Most dengue patients resolve spontaneously within 7 days. About 5% of patients will have severe manifestations such as bleeding or plasma leakage shock due to hypovolemia, if not detected and treated promptly, there is a risk of death.

Symptoms of dengue fever are continuous high fever, lasting 5-7 days, accompanied by headache, body pain, possible lymphadenopathy, rash. In severe cases, warning signs appear on days 4 and 5 such as abdominal pain in the liver, nausea, little urine, cold hands and feet, possible bleeding under the skin, nosebleeds, bleeding gums.. .

In women, there may be more menorrhagia, heavy bleeding, more severe symptoms of internal bleeding such as gastrointestinal bleeding, brain bleeding, liver damage, blood clotting disorders…

Dengue fever can be life-threatening if detected late. Therefore, people should not be subjective, when having one of the above symptoms, they need to go to medical facilities for diagnostic tests and treatment, absolutely do not arbitrarily monitor and administer fluids at home.

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