I have to say that before I had dengue, I didn't know much about it. All I know is it is kind of dangerous and you get them from mosquito! Spray away!!!
Here are the things I found out during my week of living with dengue
1. There are many symptoms and not everyone is the same. The main symptoms are: fever, body ache, headaches, low or no appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. For me, I started with headache - vomiting - fever - no appetite.
According to the doctor, most people will have fever for days but for me, my fever only lasted 1 day. So there are many stymtoms, make sure you don't miss any.
2. The treatment for dengue is basically nothing! Throughout my few days in the hospital, they only gave me medication for my vomiting (1 only vomited 2x) and for gastric (because I wasn't eating). Other than that, I was only on drips. If you can keep yourself hydrated from home, it is possible to recover at home. But you need to monitor your platelet and the way to do this is to have your blood taken for tests on a daily basis. Mine was done once a day.
3. Taking 100plus won't make you better. It will keep you hydrated and it is important to stay hydrated. You don't need 100plus, you can take any drink you want actually. The reason why they always recommend 100plus is because they tastes better.
4. Papaya leaf juice is good for dengue.
5. Sup Ketam
I've been having sup ketam since day 1! I don't know if it is really helping but to me, just eat whatever you can eat!
6. Normal platelet count is 150-400+ and anything below 100, most private hospitals will want to admit you. Government hospitals are different.
7. It will take you at least a week to recover from this. Get plenty of rest.
8. Spray your house, throw unwanted things away.. You will never know where that one damn mosquito is.
9. Once the hospital or health authority has your record and knows you have dengue (from the doctor's report), Kementerian Kesihatan will get on your case and come to your house to fog the area. How cool is that? Fortunately for me, my apartment does fogging monthly anyway so that is like double fogging here. But please be warned that sometimes, dengue is not from your home.. It couldn't be from anywhere. In my case, I think I got it when I was alone (without my kids) and perhaps one of the days when I was out to pick up my stuff from tailor or something. Whatever it is, be careful. It can be anywhere. Make sure you spray or put insect repellent on yourself and especially your kids when you are out. Especially now when it's always raining, aedes could be anywhere. Apparently according to the doctor, it is not any aedes that will give you dengue. It is only the female aedes with that is carrying the dengue virus that can give you dengue. Some female aedes don't even carry the virus so you are safe. But you see, what are the odds right? And still I got it. Shows that there are lots and lots of them everywhere. Scary! And apparently, they're out and about biting only from 6-8am and 6-8pm. I don't know how true this is but again, what are the odds? I'm never out 6-8am. And 6-8pm is only 2 hours a day I am potentially "exposed" and yet, I still kena!
10. Prevention is better than cure. I'm a grown up and my pain threshold is considered quite high. I can handle it. It was painful especially when I had the headache and whatnot. But imagine if it happened to my kids?? With all the blood that they need to take daily, with the pain.. All I keep saying if Alhamdulillah it didn't happen to my kids. So do what you need to do to prevent dengue!
Disclaimer: I am no expert. Do your own research on it and don't take my word for it.