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Chikungunya is a usually self-limiting condition due to a virus. It is important to exclude other dangerous conditions and symptomatic treatment is usually advocated Chikungunya is a relatively a rare viral fever that is caused by the bite of a common mosquito. Outbreaks have taken...Read More

Posted on : Saturday, June 28, 2008 12:00 AM
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I would like to add a few statements based on my clinical experience.
Clinical features: Facial flushing and redness is common during initial phase. Skin rash such as small red dots are seen as the fever subsides. Red patches are also observed. As the red patches dissappear intense itching has been observed. Occasionally swelling of the forearm or leg underlying this rash is seen,sometimes mistaken for infection:cellulitis. The arthritis also follows a saddle back pattern. the first episode is with fever followed by a period during which patient is pain free. Around 18-20 days later intense joint pain recurs usually ankle, wrist and knees. This can last 4-8 months. Few patients develop Rheumatoid arthritis with swelling in the small joints of the hand
Steroids may be required in these cases. Low total count is observed more frequently. Usually in the range of 3500-4000 cell/cumm
Proteins in the urine may also be observed during the acute phase.
If the joint pain persists beyond 2-3 months,patients should see a rheumatologist to rule out early Rheumatoid arthritis
Replied on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 12:00 AM
Chikungunya is on the rise again and this time in the stae of Kerala. Arhtralgia is a major problem and it continues to cause problem even months after the fever.
Replied on Friday, July 13, 2007 12:00 AM

Does Chikungunya spread like fever, sharing the same bed, and mosquito bite from the infected person.
Replied on Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:00 AM

Dear Sir chikungunya responds very wel to injectable choroquine on two consecutive days please let me know role of immunoglobulines Dr Datta
Replied on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 12:00 AM

some homoeopathic physicians in kerala, have been prepared medicine from the infected patients' blood serum. they got fundastic result by this medicine.the symptoms of chikungunya will disappear within 4 hours by this medicine.
Replied on Thursday, July 26, 2007 12:00 AM

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