Treatments for Dengue hemorrhagic fever


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Treatment list for Dengue hemorrhagic fever: The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Dengue hemorrhagic fever includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

Treatments of Dengue hemorrhagic fever discussion: As with dengue, there is no specific medication for DHF. It can however be effectively treated by fluid replacement therapy if an early clinical diagnosis is made. Hospitalization is frequently required in order to adequately manage DHF. Physicians who suspect that a patient has DHF may want to consult the Dengue Branch at CDC, for more information. 1

Fortunately, DHF/DSS can be effectively managed by fluid replacement therapy, and if diagnosed early, fatality rates can be kept below 1%. It is very important, that physicians and other health care providers learn to recognize this disease. Once a person acquires dengue, the key to survival is early diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

To manage the pain and fever, patients suspected of having a dengue infection should be given acetaminophen preparations rather than aspirin, because the anticoagulant effects of aspirin may aggravate the bleeding tendency associated with some dengue infections2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever: Questions and Answers: DVBID
2. excerpt from Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever: Information for Health Care Practitioners: DVBID

Last revision: May 27, 2003

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