Top 5 Practical Tips to Protect Yourself from Dengue

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We all start to worry about mosquitoes, especially the dengue-causing one, as soon as the monsoon season starts. Sometimes just a single bite can turn fatal.

Dengue is characterized by muscle pain, fever, weakness, and body aches. Dengue recovery is not easy. But, there are ways you can stay protected. Below is a practical guide to prevent problems:

Dengue Prevention Tips:

1. Use Mosquito Repellent (If possible, one containing DEET)

  • Apply the mosquito repellent to exposed skin and/or clothing, using enough to cover the entire area. You do not to apply it under clothing.
  • Do not apply near the mouth or eyes, and apply sparingly around ears.
  • Do not apply it on wounds, cuts, or irritated skin.
  • When using sprays, never spray directly onto your face. Spray it on your hands first, then apply it to your face. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Do not apply an insect repellent for infants under two months of age.<./a>
  • Do not allow children to handle a mosquito repellent. When using it on children, apply into your own hands first, then apply it on the child. Avoid applying it into children’s hands.

2. Keep Dustbins Covered and Clean

Dustbins that are covered in germs attract mosquitoes, and also make you vulnerable to catching an infection. Regularly clean the corners of your house and the places around your garden area.

3. Wear Full-Sleeved Clothing

Since your legs and hands are an easy target for the mosquitoes to bite you, the simplest, yet effective way to safeguard yourself is to wear loose, full-sleeved clothing.

4. Remove Standing Water

The biggest cause for germs and mosquitoes and germs to breed during the rainy season is when the water starts to collect, thereby, allowing them to lay eggs.

Therefore, a good preventive step would be to clean buckets, plants, and any such surface where water can stand. Also, do not over water your plants where the dengue mosquitoes can breed.

5. Plant Mosquito Repelling Plants

An effective way to repel the mosquitoes would be by keeping special dengue preventing plants. These include citronella, Tulsi plants, and lemongrass would be some good options to consider.

Related Articles:

  1. 7 Best Mosquito-Repelling Plants
  2. How to Use Coconut Oil as a Natural Mosquito Repellent
  3. 5 Effective Home Remedies to Keep Mosquitoes Away

Sources:
Healthxchange.sg
Times of India
The independen tbd

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