Dengue: When should one seek medical advice?

Updated at: Jan 18, 2013
Dengue: When should one seek medical advice?

Understand Dengue: It's important to note that if you do suspect that you or someone has dengue, you should seek medical advice immediately.

Dr Poonam Sachdev
Communicable DiseasesWritten by: Dr Poonam SachdevPublished at: Apr 06, 2011

Complications of dengue fever generally occur after 3-5 days of fever. The fever is usually down in most patients by now. This may give a false sense of security and leads the patient and caregiver to believe that the person is heading towards recovery. You have to be very cautious in this period.


Seek medical attention immediately if you have:

  • Bleeding from nose or gums, or bleeding from any other site
  • Red spots or purplish patches on the skin
  • Blood in vomiting or black colored stools,
  • Frequent vomiting, severe abdominal pain
  • Difficulty in breathing, lethargy, drowsiness, confusion or seizures
  • Pale, cold or clammy hands and feet

Most patients with dengue fever recover without any sequel or complications. The fatality rate of dengue fever is less than 1%. The mortality rate may be higher in children. Complications of dengue fever generally occur after 3-5 days of fever.


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