What Are the Symptoms of Dengue Fever?

Q:
What are the symptoms of dengue fever?

A:
Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and last for up to 10 days, may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Severe headaches
  • Severe joint and muscle pain
  • Sudden, high fever
  • Vomiting
  • Skin rash, which appears two to five days after the onset of fever
  • Mild bleeding (such as nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)

Sometimes, symptoms are mild and can be mistaken for those of the flu or another viral infection. However, serious problems can develop. These include:

  • Dengue hemorrhagic fever – a rare complication characterized by high fever
  • Damage to lymph and blood vessels
  • Bleeding from the nose and gums
  • Enlargement of the liver
  • Failure of the circulatory system

The symptoms may progress to massive bleeding, shock, and death. This is called dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

People with weakened immune systems as well as those with a second or subsequent dengue infection are believed to be at greater risk for developing dengue hemorrhagic fever. You should go find a doctor immediately if you develop the symptoms below.

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