My tryst with Dengue fever

“I’m sure I’m getting Dengue” I told Anna Shetty dramatically when I swatted the mosquito that bit me in the garden around five years ago. It was way before sunset when the Malarial mosquitos normally descend but the Aedes mosquito that carries the dengue virus attacks in broad daylight!

“Don’t talk rubbish, ” my newly minted doctor daughter pooh-poohed my unscientific spot diagnosis.

“You need to present symptoms of dengue before you can confirm it, ” she went on.

Early symptoms

I soon developed a blinding headache, pain in the joints and a lowgrade fever. I also saw a blotchy rash emerging on my body.

I sent off my blood sample to the laboratory for testing and sure enough it tested positive for dengue.

Essentially Dengue is a viral, flu-like illness which if left untreated can lead to haemorrhaging and death. I actually know of two young mothers who died in just three days of getting dengue , despite being hospitalised for treatment in the city’s best hospitals.

Worse still, dengue can occur in infants and children as well so it isn’t something that should be treated lightly.


Unlike Malaria, there is no medical treatment for dengue. All that is required is a close monitoring of the platelet levels, hydration and complete rest.

From my personal experience, I can tell you that it was hard to keep my eyes open at all and for four days I was in a deep comatose slumber , waking up occasionally for a sip of water, food or a paracetamol.

Every time I woke up, Hubby Dear would thrust the thermometer in my mouth and ensure that the fever was under check . I also had nothing to eat but my favourite moong dal khichadi that was cooked to a comforting mush. Sadly, I got no comfort from it and would have gladly gone without were it not for the fact that I needed a protein rich, mild diet just to combat the parasites in my body.

Prevention is better than cure


Historically, Mumbai has been a malaria infested area, its marshy Islands providing the perfect habitat for the mosquito . So now with the indiscriminate building activity in my city, malaria , dengue and other mosquito borne diseases are steadily on the rise.

Unlike the anopheles mosquito that breeds in stagnant water, the Aedes mosquito that carries the virus breeds in clean water.

And as always, prevention is better than cure. So since then , we’ve ensured that our home is dengue free with a #Goodknight Activ + electronic device plugged in every room .

Decently priced (₹78) and available at all chemists and kirana stores , it lasts for a month. Once over, you can easily replace with a refill. The liquid repellent is non -toxic and it’s mild fragrance makes it a pleasant deodorant too !

And just to make sure that I don’t get bitten while I’m out and about , I roll down some fabric roll-on on my clothes to keep the mosquitos away. This is a non-irritant, non-staining repellent that I always keep in my handbag.

As for Wow Dinga, Little Po and Ms Papaya, #Goodknight patches allow them to play in our garden for up to 8 hours at a time!

Additional tips for preventing dengue

Potted plants , accumulating junk and even fresh flowers home can encourage the breeding of mosquitos because there are more than one kind of dengue to choose from .

Do follow the link to read more about it here.

Say #Goodbye to dengue with #Goodknight and give your family the protection they need from this dreaded tropical disease

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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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8 Responses

  1. Tamara says:

    Dengue isn’t one of the diseases we worry about in the USA, but it was interesting to read your article! I’m sure this will be helpful to people traveling to your area, since people may not know about these products!

    Peace, Tamara
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    • Bellybytes says:

      Oh yes! It would be informative to lots of people travelling to India especially since I feel that local products work best on local germs ( Does that make any sense) And aren’t you lucky this is one disease you can do without! 🙂

  2. Dad says:

    When I diagnosed my friend Suresh as a case of malaria my CO chastised me for doing so. “There is no malaria in Bombay” a Grant Medical College trained CO tried to train me. This was soon followed by me going down with malaria. And mind you both of us were +ve for MP !!

  3. Lady Fi says:

    Dengue is nasty! I had it when I was 18 and nearly died.

  4. Rajlakshmi says:

    That must be a scary experience. Hope you never have to face anything like that. While growing up good night was kinda compulsory, else the mosquitoes won’t let you sleep. The patches sounds so much better than fumes. Plus it would allow us to sit in a park peacefully.
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