Yellow fever treatment focuses on controlling the symptoms and assisting your immune to fight off the disease. Yellow fever treatment is aim at preventing or limiting complications. Yellow fever is an acute viral infection caused by yellow fever virus that spreads through the bite of an infected female mosquito known as Aedes aegypti. This infection happens in human mostly, primates and other species of mosquito.
In this write-up, I’ll walk you through the causes, symptoms, how yellow fever can be prevented and yellow fever treatment.
This article is important to you because you’ll know:
- What causes yellow fever.
- How yellow fever spreads.
- Yellow fever symptoms and phases.
- How you can prevent yellow fever and
- Yellow fever treatments.
Now, let’s move on…
What causes yellow fever?
Yellow fever is caused by flavirus that is transmitted when an infected mosquito bites a person contaminating such individual blood. Yellow fever doesn’t spread from person to person. The mosquito that breeds yellow fever are found in or around stagnant water, humid, semi-humid environments and tropical rain forest.
After the explanation of what causes yellow fever. Next is it signs or symptoms and how you can prevent it.
What are the signs or symptoms?
During the first 3 to 6 days after you have contracted yellow fever-the incubation period. You won’t experience any signs or symptoms. After this the infection enters an acute phase.
Once the infection enters an acute phase, you may experience the following symptoms which are:
- Red eyes, face or tongue
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea, vomiting or both
- Sensitivity to light and
- Muscle aches, particularly in your back and knees.
The symptoms usually improve and are gone within several days.
However, signs and symptoms may dissapear for a day or two following the acute phase, some people with acute yellow fever then enter a toxic phase. During the toxic phase, acute signs and symptoms return and more-severe and life threatening ones also appear, which can include:
- Decreased urination
- Abdominal pain and vomiting, sometimes vomiting of blood.
- Bradycardia (show heart rate)
- Liver and kidney failure
- Bleeding from your nose, mouth and eyes and
- Brain dysfunction, including delirium, seizures and coma.
The yellow fever toxic phase can be fatal!
How you can prevent yellow fever
Yellow fever can be prevented by a single dose of yellow fever vaccine that provides protection for atleast 10 years. When you are about to travel to yellow fever endemic area, if you have weak immunity system, pregnant, you are older than 60 years and if your child is younger than 9 months.
In addition to getting the vaccine, you can help protect against fellow fever by protecting your self against mosquitoes. To reduce your exposure to mosquitoes:
- Use pre-treated mosquito bed net.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and trouser whenever you are in mosquito infested areas.
- Avoid unnecessary outdoor activities when you are in mosquito infested areas.
Now let’s move on to yellow fever treatments.
This write-up is not meant to be a substitute to where the services of medical professional is urgently needed.
Yellow Fever Treatments
1. Sugar cane juice (Omi ireke in Yoruba; Ruwan reke in Hausa) help to fight dehydration, supplies glucose to the body and reduces high temperature. Drink 300 ml of Sugar cane juice three times a day for yellow fever treatments.
2. Cayenne pepper (Ata ijosin, Ilufemi in Yoruba; Apoko eeke in Idoma; Ose oyinbo in Igbo; Barkono in Hausa; Isie in Benin) capsicum in Cayenne pepper aid in reducing yellow fever symptoms and strengthen the body to fight the infection. Include Cayenne pepper in your diet.
3. Fenugreek seeds (Kerenkeren, Ahenhea in Igbo; Hulba, Ayoyo in Hausa; Eso Ewedu in Yoruba; Ukpo Idooma in Idoma) prepare tea decoction of Fenugreek dried seeds of 1 tablespoon in 300 ml water. Drink when it is lukewarm. Do it twice daily for yellow fever treatments.
Or: Grind dried Fenugreek seeds into powder. Take 1 tablespoon of the powdered seeds with Organic pure honey three times a day.
4. Red onion (Yabasi in Igbo; Alubarha in Edo; Alubosa onisu in Yoruba; Albasa in Hausa) take 2 tablespoons of raw Onion juice.
with 1 tablespoon of organic pure honey twice daily.
5. Garlic (Tafarnuwa in Hausa; Ayuu in Igbo; Alubosa ayu in Yoruba) contains antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that aid in yellow fever treatment. Take 2 tablespoons of fresh garlic pods juice
with 1 tablespoon of organic pure honey and
1 pinch of Cayenne pepper. Take it twice daily for yellow fever treatments.
6. Unripe Carica Papaya (Pawpaw, Papaya in English; Ojo, Okpurukwa, Okwere, Okwuru bekoe in Igbo; Gwanda in Hausa; ibepe dudu in Yoruba) get 2 unripe Carica Papaya. Peel the green bark and throw it away together with the seeds. Cut the unripe pawpaw into slices. Put them in a container and add corn or maize water (Omi Ori Ogi, Omidun, Omikan in Yoruba) allow it to remain for 48 hours. After that you can start drinking it. Drink 250 ml thrice daily.
7. Coconut water (Omi agbon in Yoruba; Ruwan Kwankwar in Hausa; Mmiri ake bekee in Igbo; Ame kokodia in Urhobo; Enyi akuba in Idoma) drinking of fresh coconut water help to rehydrate the body and replenish electrolyte deficiency. Drink 200 ml of fresh coconut water 4 times in a day.
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