Since I contracted Dengue Fever in early March, I’ve posted 5 times on my progress. I suspect that most of our loyal followers have read more about Dengue Fever than they ever imagined. And while I didn’t really plan on writing so much about the progression of the disease, this 6th and final post was inspired by our international blog readers.
Each and every week we get over 100 visits to our blog from overseas visitors. Frequently, the search terms that get them to our blog are:
“… in hospital violently ill with Dengue
… hair loss after Dengue Fever
… skin flaking during Dengue recovery”
When I discovered that I had Dengue, I did the same type of online searches, and all the information that I found was helpful. So, for all you Dengue sufferers out there, this is how things are going after 4 months.
I am almost 100% recovered. I say almost, because every couple of weeks there is still a tiny “itchy” event that has to be the result of the Fever. The most recent was an intense, poison-ivy type rash and itch on my wrist that appeared during a jog, and disappeared within 2 hours. Go figure!
In the hair-loss category, if my experience is typical, you won’t loose all your hair. A good bit will definitely go, but not all. And thankfully, the flaky skin has stopped completely, and there is no weirdness in food taste or tingling skin.
Also, after experiencing Dengue this time, doing some research, and re-examining my first episode in Belize in the early 80’s, I now know that I had Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, which resulted in a week in the hospital. For some reason, it was never diagnosed. I was very ill at the time, and was concerned, but had no idea that it was something this serious.
My final advice for our readers with Dengue is to hang in there. Slowly but surely you will get better, and hopefully, after the initial agony, the going will get easier.
And thanks again to all my family, and friends who hung in there with me through this ordeal.