Suara.com – In just two months of 2022, 145 people have died from dengue hemorrhagic fever or DHF in Indonesia. Even so, not a few who still underestimate this disease.
The DHF phase itself has a unique pattern, and not everyone knows it. Pediatrician Consultant for Pediatric Infectious & Tropical Diseases, Dr. dr. Debbie Latupeirissa, Sp.A (K) explained that DHF has a dangerous phase that needs to be recognized and watched out for, especially in children who generally cannot explain the conditions they feel.
“If DHF patients have entered a dangerous phase, and it occurs in younger children who have not been able to express their condition, many are then hospitalized for closer monitoring of their condition,” said Dr. Debbie through her statement to Suara.com, Monday (28/2/2022).
Furthermore, he explained in detail the 3 phases of DHF that must be known and monitored properly, to prevent worsening. Here’s the explanation:
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1. Early Phase or Febrile Phase
The initial phase after DHF infection was found from symptoms of high fever, some pain behind the eyes, headache, and joint pain. Then laboratory tests were carried out, and it was found that his red blood cells or platelets continued to decline.
The febrile phase has not occurred bleeding, lasts for 1 to 3 days, then continues on the 4th and 5th day the fever has decreased.
2. Critical Phase
Many parents feel calm when their child’s fever has gone down, even though in dengue fever, this is a critical phase, and many think the child has recovered even though there is a risk of shock and it can be fatal.
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“In addition, there can also be a further decrease in platelets which is characterized by bleeding, such as nosebleeds, bleeding gums or spontaneous red spots on the skin,” said Dr. Debbie.