Testing for dengue fever is done to determine whether a person with signs and symptoms, and recent potential exposure, has been infected with the dengue virus. The infection is difficult to diagnose without laboratory tests because symptoms may initially resemble those of other diseases.
Your doctor will assess your symptoms and your medical history. If the clinical suspicion of dengue fever is high, blood tests would be undertaken. These include a full blood count and may include the following:
It is essential to see a doctor if you think you have dengue fever.
Dengue fever can develop into more complicated conditions such as dengue haemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome (resulting in bleeding, breathlessness and low blood pressure). These conditions can become life-threatening if medical attention is not sought early.
There is no specific medication for dengue fever, and treatment will be directed towards relieving the symptoms. In most instances, you will need to rest and drink extra fluids to avoid dehydration from vomiting and high fever.
You should avoid other over-the-counter pain medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen as they can increase the risk of bleeding complications.
Should symptoms worsen, go to your nearest A&E department immediately if you notice the following: