Avoiding the bane of Chikungunya

Simple measures like using mosquito netting and keeping surroundings free of stagnant water go a long way in preventing the fever

By Author  |  Dr Venugopal Gouri  |  Published: 29th Aug 2019  8:00 pmUpdated: 29th Aug 2019  9:45 pm
Chikungunya

The oft-called for answer at the Homoeopath’s office is whether there is any preventive medicine for chikungunya. The best way to prevent this viral fever is to see that the mosquitoes do not thrive near the households.

The prime duty remains with the individuals because it is only within their control to see that water does not stagnate in flower pots, old tires, unused buckets, puddles in the pathways, etc. This is exactly where the Aedes aegypti mosquito thrives by multiplying with larvae which become the transmitting agent of chikungunya to the human beings. Simple measures like using mosquito nets at bedtime is the best barrier between the healthy individuals and chikungunya. Somehow people are more inclined to use the chemical mosquito repellants which may not be effective all the time and enough research has been documented to show that these chemicals can cause quite a few allergic responses in the respiratory tract. The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes can bite humans in daytime too.

Suddenness and abruptness is the nature of this disease. It is not something which is fatal, but can be very debilitating as it can cause arthritis like symptoms or pain in the joints with swelling and in some cases these symptoms could last for a whole year and that is disturbing news. All seems to be fine when the individual has a pain in one of the joints of the body making him feel it is some sort of a sprain or an ache and the pain just becomes so bad and severe that he is simply unable to move and later fever develops with chills during the course of the day. But the good part is the immune system is always geared up to fight the fever and in due course if there is no secondary infection, fever subsides within a couple of days. It requires a good amount of liquids to be ingested and adequate rest to see through the flu like illness which may sometimes mimic dengue like fever, due to the rash that can develop once the fever is through. It is only the pain in the joints which is a cause for concern.

Having seen through an epidemic of this disease, homoeopaths are more equipped in identifying and treating this illness saving the patient from much of the agony this virus can cause in the form of pain. Ars alb, Phos, Gelsemium and Dulcamara are effective when the flu like illness is in vogue while Bryonia, Rhus tox, Ruta and Eupa perf have been effective in relieving the intensity of the pain of this Chikungunya fever.