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Fever after traveling abroad? – Dengue Fever Symptoms Checker

 

Dengue fever is the most widespread and ubiquitous disease due to arthropods (invertebrate animals like insects or arachnids) in humans worldwide. Mosquitoes of the genus Aedes transmit this disease, mostly in tropical areas of the world.

Dengue fever is a disease that exists due to dengue viruses, which are four. The name of the dengue viruses is Dengue virus 1, 2, 3, and 4. Each one of them can infect a person just one time. Therefore, people throughout their life can have dengue as much as four times.

Dengue viruses infect people because of a mosquito bite. Not any kind of mosquito, but from an Aedes species. These are Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus. When this mosquito is infected with the dengue virus and bites a person, it transmits the disease to them. Importantly, these mosquitoes also transmit other viral diseases that are very similar to dengue, such as Chikungunya or Zika, among others.

The disease is widespread worldwide. For example, more than one-third of the world’s population lives in an area with a dengue risk. It is no surprise that dengue is common in more than one hundred countries, being at risk about three billion people. In the United States, most cases come from people who travel abroad to such countries at risk.

The symptoms of dengue vary greatly from none to very severe. About one out of four people after getting the virus will not develop any symptoms. If symptoms appear, they typically last less than one week.

When the disease is mild or moderate, it will cause symptoms characteristic of a viral infection like fever and muscle/joint pain. On the other hand, some warning symptoms could appear a day or two after the fever got away, meaning someone could have severe dengue.

Severe dengue requires immediate healthcare attention and close-monitoring by doctors; it could cause death. Approximately one in every twenty people with dengue develops this severe and life-threatening dengue form.

The tool is a Dengue Fever Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this disease.

For diagnosing dengue, doctors perform blood exams either when the patient is in acute disease (less than seven days) or some time has already passed (less than three months). Of course, they would consider all the patient’s background and symptoms to acknowledge this diagnosis as a possibility.

With the latter fact in mind, this tool does not replace a doctor’s assessment or all the necessary exams, which are several, for diagnosing dengue. Still, this Dengue Symptoms Checker will be helpful.

The tool will present questions that aim to identify the most important symptoms, signs, and risk factors due to dengue. Therefore, the tool will tell anybody who uses it the likelihood of their symptoms because of dengue.

Remember that many other infections like Chikungunya or Zika virus can resemble several characteristics of this disease. And the only way to differentiate dengue from them is through blood exams.

Using this tool is free and would only take a few minutes.

  • Question of

    Did a doctor diagnose you with dengue in the past?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Are you pregnant?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did your mother have dengue while pregnant with you?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you live in Hawaii, Texas, or Florida?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you live in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, or American Samoa?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you return from a travel to the Caribbean, South America, Africa, or Asia? (or you are still there)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have less than two weeks of returning from that travel to any of these places (South America, Africa, etc.)?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have less than one week of returning from that travel to any of these places (South America, Africa, etc.)?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have fifteen days or more of returning from traveling abroad?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a fever? (preferably use a thermometer which needs to shows more than 101,3 °F or touch your forehead and determine if the temperature is increased)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have between two and seven days with this fever?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a moderate but uncomfortable and penetrating coldness (chills) with this fever?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than ten days with fever and chills?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you have a sudden penetrating sense of cold, especially one that causes a brief trembling nerve (chills), skin rash, and/or flushing of the face, two or three days before the fever began?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel moderate to severe pain in your head, back, and limbs?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you feel pain or pressure behind both of your eyes?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have joint pain? (Specifically from knees and shoulders)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have nausea (feeling like throwing up) and/or vomiting?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have tiny red or purple spots in your skin with this fever?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you are bleeding through your nose or gums with this fever?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a skin rash in your face, trunk, or forward part of your upper limbs? (Click yes only if it does not affect your palms and soles, it usually appears on the third fever day)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have two weeks or less from returning to travel abroad somewhere with a high number of dengue cases, such as the Caribbean, South America, Africa, or Asia? Additionally, did you have a fever for three to seven days? And you now have severe belly pain or tenderness? (Click yes only if your answer is yes to all those questions)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have two weeks or less from returning to travel abroad somewhere with a high number of dengue cases, such as the Caribbean, South America, Africa, or Asia? Additionally, did you have a fever for three to seven days? And you now have been vomiting at least three times in 24 hours? (Click yes only if your answer is yes to all those questions)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have two weeks or less from returning to travel abroad somewhere with a high number of dengue cases, such as the Caribbean, South America, Africa, or Asia? Additionally, did you have a fever for three to seven days? And you now have been bleeding from the nose or gums? (Click yes only if your answer is yes to all those questions)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have two weeks or less from returning to travel abroad somewhere with a high number of dengue cases, such as the Caribbean, South America, Africa, or Asia? Additionally, did you have a fever for three to seven days? And you now have been vomiting blood, or do you have blood in the stool? (Click yes only if your answer is yes to all those questions)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have two weeks or less from returning to travel abroad somewhere with a high number of dengue cases, such as the Caribbean, South America, Africa, or Asia? Additionally, did you have a fever for three to seven days? And you now have been feeling tired, restless, or irritable? (Click yes only if your answer is yes to all those questions)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you are sneezing a lot with this fever?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a stuffy nose?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have too much yellow or green mucus discharge from your nose?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have chest pain?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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