Guide To Mosquito-Borne Illness

Discover personalised care with UR.Life to tackle mosquito-borne illness and find relief from symptoms.

By URLife Team
16 May 2023

Any mosquito-borne illness can take a toll on your body and may have debilitating effects such as high fever, throbbing headache, excruciating pain behind the eyes, nausea, along with aching joints and muscles, making each action an ordeal. We understand the toll dengue and other conditions can take on your body. To find respite, UR.Life wellness is here to lend a helping hand and provide necessary treatment.


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Different mosquito-borne illnesses and their diagnosis

According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, mosquito-borne illnesses are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Some diseases spread by mosquitoes are Zika virus, malaria, dengue, and chikungunya. Although not all stung by infected mosquitoes show the same symptoms, some may have a mild fever while others may have severe or long-term effects such as hair fall, joint pain and muscle pain.


In the battle against mosquito-borne illnesses, the key to victory lies in early detection and intervention. Early-stage intervention can prevent further transmission, limit the severity of symptoms, and safeguard the well-being of individuals and communities.  Different mosquito-borne illnesses can be diagnosed using various diagnostic methods and techniques. Here are some commonly used approaches for diagnosing specific mosquito-borne diseases.


1. Malaria

  • Microscopic examination: This traditional method involves examining a blood sample under a microscope to detect the presence of Plasmodium parasites, which cause malaria.
  • Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs): These are simple, portable, and easy-to-use tests that detect specific antigens produced by Plasmodium parasites in a blood sample.
  • Polymerase chain reaction (PCR): PCR-based tests detect the genetic material of Plasmodium parasites, providing high sensitivity and the ability to differentiate between different species.


2. Dengue Fever

  • Clinical assessment: Dengue fever is often diagnosed based on symptoms, medical history, and physical examination.
  • Blood tests: These include tests to detect specific antibodies or antigens associated with the dengue virus, such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) or rapid immunochromatographic tests.
  • PCR: Molecular tests like PCR can be used to directly detect the presence of dengue virus genetic material in blood samples.


3. Zika Virus

  • Clinical assessment: Similar to dengue fever, Zika virus infection is often diagnosed based on symptoms, travel history, and physical examination.
  • Serological tests: These tests detect Zika virus-specific antibodies in the bloodstream or cerebrospinal fluid samples.
  • PCR: Molecular tests like PCR can directly detect Zika virus genetic material in bodily fluids, such as blood, urine, or saliva.


4. Chikungunya

  • Clinical assessment: Diagnosis is usually based on symptoms, travel history, and physical examination.
  • Serological tests: These tests detect Chikungunya virus-specific antibodies in blood samples.
  • PCR: Molecular tests can be used to detect Chikungunya virus genetic material in blood or joint fluid samples.


If you think you have been infected with a mosquito-borne disease, Visit UR.Life OHC for further diagnosis. You can even schedule an online consultation with a doctor, here. Healthcare providers may use a combination of clinical assessment, serological tests, and molecular techniques to ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of mosquito-borne illnesses.


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Feel The Difference With UR.Life Wellness

1. Personalised Treatment Approach

We understand that each person's experience with illness is unique. Our medical experts will assess your symptoms, medical history, and individual needs to create a personalised treatment plan just for you. No one-size-fits-all solutions here – we're all about individualised care.


2. Expert Guidance and Monitoring

Our healthcare professionals will closely monitor your condition, providing guidance, support, and reassurance every step of the way. From managing your fever to alleviating joint and muscle pains, we'll be your trusted partners throughout your recovery process.


3. Holistic Symptom Management

We go beyond merely addressing surface-level symptoms. UR.Life takes a holistic approach toward symptom management. From prescribing appropriate medication to recommending rest and hydration techniques, we'll help you combat the fever, headaches, pain, and nausea while prioritising your overall well-being.


4. Cutting-Edge Treatments

UR.Life stays at the forefront of medical advancements, ensuring you receive the most innovative and effective treatments available. Rest assured, our team is well-versed in the latest strategies for combating diseases, helping you recover faster and minimise the impact of the disease on your daily life.


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Tips to recover from Mosquito-borne illnesses

The recovery period after dengue or malaria fever requires careful attention to both the foods to consume and those to avoid. While it's important to nourish the body with nutrient-rich foods, certain foods should be avoided to support a smooth recovery and prevent any potential complications.


While you are recovering, avoid certain things such as:

  • Deep fried and fatty foods    
  • Excessive caffeine
  • Processed and packed foods
  • Smoking and alcohol


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When recovering from viral fever, malaria, or dengue, it's important to take certain measures to aid your recovery and prevent any further complications. Here are some general guidelines to follow during the recovery period:


1. Keep the body hydrated

Stay hydrated by drinking an adequate amount of fluids such as water, herbal teas, and oral rehydration solutions to replenish lost fluids and prevent dehydration. Besides, coconut water is an excellent source of essential minerals and salts for the body that not only helps you maintain normal electrolyte levels, prevent dehydration due to high fever and reduce body weakness.


2. Eat fresh and whole food

Whole grains and foods which are minimally processed are beneficial in regaining strength and building immunity. Consume a balanced diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to provide essential nutrients for recovery. Include foods rich in iron, such as leafy greens and legumes, to replenish any lost iron due to illnesses like malaria or dengue.


3. Maintain an iron-rich diet to reduce hair fall

Post-dengue hair loss is real. Although the body may have just recovered, one may experience hair fall due to weakness and insufficient blood supply to the scalp. Consume a nutritious diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins such as lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables to support hair health. During this time, avoid using harsh chemicals and styling products as well. 


4. Keep your house clean

Keep your living area clean and free from clutter to minimise places where mosquitoes can hide or breed. Regularly clean and empty water containers, including flower vases, bird baths, and coolers. Use mosquito screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.


5. Prevent mosquitoes from entering your space

Protect yourself from mosquito bites by using mosquito repellents, wearing long sleeves and pants, and sleeping under mosquito nets, especially during peak mosquito activity times (usually dawn and dusk).


6. Complete the medication plan

Take prescribed medications as instructed by your healthcare professional. Finish the full course of medications to ensure complete recovery. If required, undergo follow-up medical check-ups to monitor your progress.


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