Chikungunya Virus Prevention And Natural Remedies
Aedes aegypti mosquito
Pronouncing Chikungunya virus, also called Chik-v is really tough on the jaws. Some of us in the Caribbean were hearing of the Chikungunya virus for the first time. In Jamaica, some persons, who did not want to be bothered with the pronunciation at all, referred to it as the chicken disease, which is far from the truth. It has nothing to do with chickens.
Moving away from that little humor, in reality, this virus is transmitted to adults and children through mosquitoes. The virus is transmitted through the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It is reported that this type of mosquito bites in the daytime and is commonly found in places where people usually gather, including schools, conventions and other gatherings. They can also be found at your homes as well.
Symptoms of Chikungunya include severe joint pain, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, rash on the skin, nausea, chills and severe headaches. These symptoms are very much similar to dengue fever. Therefore, it is crucial to visit your doctor if you experience these symptoms.
One of the most important approaches to this virus is prevention because it is reported that there is no specific medicine to treat it. Also, there is no vaccine to prevent it. However, make sure to follow instructions from your doctor.
Although it does not cause death, treatment is necessary to relieve pain. So visit your doctor. Also, consumption of fluid and lots of rest are necessary. After three days, sufferers will begin to recover. However, in some cases, joint pain can continue up to one year.
There are natural remedies that can help to prevent Chikungunya. One such remedy is putting a piece of rosemary herb in olive oil for up to three weeks and then use it on the skin to ward off mosquitoes and other insects. I started using it almost immediately. Also, boil rosemary tea and put in your lotion or Vaseline and used on skin.
For further prevention look for mosquito breathing sites around your homes, use insect spray, insect repellent and mosquito coils to avoid mosquito bites.
If you have contracted the Chikungunya virus, then herbal or natural remedies such as garlic, rosemary,lemon, honey and lime as well as peppermint are very useful. Some people have testified that bissy (kola nut)tea as well as papaya leaves tea have been very helpful to them.