Physicians Assistant Questions Dengue fever

What are the symptoms of Dengue fever?

I was traveling to the Caribbean recently, and I've been sick ever since I had gotten back. I think it's Dengue fever, because there was a case or two in the area I was in with plenty of mosquitoes. What are the symptoms of Dengue fever?

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Most of the times the symptoms of Dengue Fever are same as flu consisting of Body aches and pains with fever. On labs it shows low platelets.
Dengue sx may include high fever, chills, sweats, rash, muscle pains, headaches and if worse can lead to skin bruising and other sites of bleeding if the PLATELET COUNT drops significantly--thereby preventing the blood from clotting normally and leading to bleeding.
Symptoms of dengue fever typically develop between 3 and 14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Classic symptoms include, fever, headache, and pain behind the eyes. Many people, especially children and teens, may experience no signs or symptoms during a mild case of dengue fever. When symptoms do occur, they usually begin four to seven days after you are bitten by an infected mosquito. Dengue fever causes a high fever — 104 F degrees — and at least two of the following symptoms:

-Muscle, bone, and joint pain
-Pain behind the eyes
-Swollen glands

Most people recover within a week or so. In some cases, symptoms worsen and can become life-threatening. Blood vessels often become damaged and leaky. And the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your bloodstream drops. This can cause a severe form of dengue fever, called dengue hemorrhagic fever, severe dengue or dengue shock syndrome. Signs and symptoms of dengue hemorrhagic fever or severe dengue — a life-threatening emergency — include:

-Severe abdominal pain
-Persistent vomiting
-Bleeding from your gums or nose
-Blood in your urine, stools, or vomit
-Bleeding under the skin, which might look like bruising
-Difficult or rapid breathing
-Cold or clammy skin (shock)
-Irritability or restlessness