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Second attack of dengue is more dangerous
Dr KK Aggarwal | 12 Sep 2013

If you have suffered from dengue last year, you need to be more careful as the second attack of dengue may be more dangerous than the first attack. This was stated by Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, & MTNL Perfect Health Mela.

If you have suffered from dengue last year, you need to be more careful as the second attack of dengue may be more dangerous than the first attack. This was stated by Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, & MTNL Perfect Health Mela.

Giving the details, Dr. Aggarwal said that there are four different types of dengue and one can, therefore, suffer with dengue four times in his or her lifetime. Subsequent dengue infections are always more serious and are more likely to end up with deadly combinations.

Dr. Aggarwal said that a person with dengue can also simultaneously suffer from malaria. Malaria and dengue together can lower platelet counts to dangerous level leading to complications.

Dr. Aggarwal said that in a dengue season nobody should take aspirin for fever as it can precipitate bleeding.

In dengue, most complications occur within two days of the fever subsiding and most people are careless during this period. Any type of abdominal pain, giddiness or weakness after the fever has subsided should be attended to, by a doctor. Dengue complications during this period are due to shift of blood volume and patient requires rapid infusion of oral or intravenous fluids in large quantity.

Dr. Aggarwal said that there is no need for giving platelets even if the count is as low as 10000 unless there is an associated bleeding.