How does Homeopathy treat Chikungunya? Does it have painkillers?
Unlike conventional therapy, Homeopathy does not believe in the concept of "painkillers", "antibiotics" or "steroids". All the medicines are applied on a holistic basis, where the patient is treated, not just the disease or pain.
The carefully selected homeopathic medicine/s works by boosting the immunity of the patient and gives a more lasting relief without the nuisance of unwanted side effects.
Needless to say, homeopathic remedies take care of the pain, weakness, exhaustion, fever and general wellbeing of the Chikungunya patient completely and in a wholesome manner.
I have heard that the muscle pains of Chikungunya remain for months after the infection has passed. Is this true and is there treatment for it in Homeopathy?
You have heard correctly. Muscle pains are the most troublesome and obstinate complaints post-Chikungunya, and they are very difficult to eliminate without proper treatment. Most people opt for long-term dependence on painkillers to solve the problem, but they don't cure the pains. They merely suppress the discomfort temporarily.
There is immense scope of improvement in muscle pains with Homeopathy. The correct homeopathic medicine/s tweaks the immune system to fight the pains and gives the patient relief in a shorter span of time.
We have seen and treated hundreds of cases of Chikungunya where a combination of homeopathic treatment and supportive measures have taken care of the pains within just a week.
There are more than 50 remedies in Homeopathy for the treatment of muscle pains and fatigue post-fever. Each remedy is prescribed on the basis of its specific indications and requirements.
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I am pregnant and have contracted Chickungunya. Is it dangerous and will it affect my pregnancy?
Although it is uncommon for the baby to get infected while in the womb, there is a chance of the virus entering your baby's blood during delivery. It is important to take proper treatment so that such a situation does not arise. Also, take proper precautions against more mosquito bites.
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What kind of diet would be suitable for a Chikungunya patient?
There is no specific diet to be followed in Chikungunya. The intention is to improve the recovery and immunity of the individual. For that, a few tips can be kept in mind and followed.
Stay away from spicy and oily food: The mantra is to "keep it light". Heavy food that s difficult to digest only adds to the woes of a Chikungunya patient. Have more of fluids: Fresh juices, homemade soups, herbal teas and above all, water keep the patient hydrated and aid in recovery.
Is there any vaccine to prevent Chikungunya?
As of now, there are no vaccines commercially available to prevent Chikungunya. The only measures one can take to prevent suffering from it is to protect yourself from mosquito bites.
Refer "What can I do to prevent Chikungunya and other mosquito-borne diseases?" to know more.
What home measures can we take for a person suffering from Chikungunya?
Because Chikungunya is a highly debilitating disease, it is very important to follow certain supportive measures to help deal with the disease better:
- Consuming lot of fluids: Water, fresh juices and soups are to be routinely given to the patient to neutralize weakness.
- Light, nutritive diet: Because immunity is low, a high-nutrition diet is necessary. Keep in mind to avoid spicy, oily and junk foods.
- Bed rest: Chikungunya saps the energy out of the patient. So, it is necessary to adopt complete bed rest till the patient feels better and confident enough to move about without external help.
Are there any blood tests to confirm whether I'm actually suffering from Chikungunya?
The Complete Blood Count (CBC) is a routinely done test to aid in diagnosing different diseases. It basically gives a comprehensive report about the different parameters in blood. It is not a specific test, but is important from the point of view of correlating the symptoms with diagnosis, and to judge the effect of medicines.
CHIKV IgM and IgG antibodies test is the specific test for Chikungunya.
What can I do to prevent Chikungunya and other mosquito-borne diseases?
People generally have a very casual attitude towards mosquitoes, thinking they are tiny and harmless, and the most harm they can do is bite. But this is a gross misconception!
Mosquitoes are the carriers of some of the most troublesome and severely debilitating diseases like Chikungunya, Dengue, Malaria to name a few.
- If you live in an area where there are many mosquitoes, make sure to protect your windows with mosquito nets.
- When you go out, wear full-sleeved clothes and long pants to avoid getting bitten.
- Apply generous amounts of mosquito repellent creams on exposed parts of the body like hands, feet, face and neck.
- Using mosquito repellent vaporizers at home help keep mosquitoes at bay.
If Chikungunya is left untreated, what can be the consequences?
Untreated Chikungunya can leave behind some painful remnants and lead to complications like:
- Muscle pains: This is by far, the commonest consequence of untreated Chikungunya and can remain for months.
- Arthritis: In some severe cases, joints can become damaged leading to swelling and pain.
- Rare complications: These include retinal inflammation, acute kidney disease, meningitis (inflamed protective layers of the brain), paralysis and bullous lesions on skin.
- Affection of foetus: Untreated Chikungunya in a pregnant female can cause severe infection in the foetus.
Learn more about the Complications of Chikungunya. It is advisable to begin treatment as soon as possible to avoid any unwanted and unnecessary complications.
What are the risk factors for Chikungunya?
Though Chikungunya can happen to any person, there are certain conditions under which chances of getting affected by the disease are more:
- People living in damp, marsh-rich and mosquito-prone areas, especially more in rainy seasons.
- Attendants of patients suffering from Chikungunya.
- Individuals with weak immunity and resistance
- Old aged people who are already suffering from Diabetes, Hypertension or Heart diseases are more prone to the infection and its complications.
Read here more about the Risk Factors of Chikungunya .
What exactly happens in Chikungunya?
Chikungunya, like many other viral diseases, is characterised by high fever, chills, vomiting, nausea, headache and severe joint pains with stiffness.
Fever usually exceeds 102 degrees F. and the rashes consist of small, levelled or raised eruptions. Conjunctivitis and photophobia (sensitivity to light) may also occur along with headache.
If you have been running a high temperature since 3 days or more, consult your doctor. Early investigations done will result in timely diagnosis and treatment.
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