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Arthritis pain high in patients post Dengue and Chikungunya fever

Date : October 12, 2016

It is a proven fact that an increasing number of patients after viral fever like Dengue and Chikungunya complain of persistent joint and muscular pain. On this occasion of World Arthritis Day, Fortis Hospital, Noida shares the causes and effects of these consequences. The initiative is led by Dr. Atul Mishra, Additional Director, Dept of Orthopaedics & Joint Replacements, Fortis Hospital, Noida to create further awareness to understand these pains and its roughness.

Chikungunya is proven to have a severe form of joint pain and can subsequently, even result in arthritis. If neglected this pain sometimes carries on for months and can be crippling. Maintaining good health along with good nutritious intake helps fight the disease better. People testing deficient in micronutrients like Vitamin D, B12 and E often complain of persistent muscle and joint pains as compared with those who have sufficient amounts of these vital nutrients. Although severe arthritis is more common in chikungunya, it has been observed that a lot of dengue patients also suffer from joints and bone pain.

Dengue, also known as ‘breakbone fever’ because of the shattering pain it causes, is transmitted by a mosquito found in warm climates, and is not contagious. People often contract dengue fever without realizing it or recognising that they have contracted it. In some cases this can even lead to dengue haemorrhagic fever, a severe form of the illness which causes internal bleeding resulting in shock and even death. Dengue also has pathological consequences on tendons, muscles, joints and bones. Pains which are associated with dengue are acute reactive arthritis during dengue fever and chronic joint pain after dengue. These are generally treated with paracetamol and few simple exercises. But what is noteworthy is these Joint pains are intense in patients suffering from vitamin deficiencies.

Joint or arthritis pain is usually symmetric, involving large and small joints of the upper and lower limbs; it commonly arises in the wrists, elbows, fingers, knees and ankles. However, knees are the most commonly involved and hip and shoulder are less affected.

For more information, please contact:

Fortis Healthcare Ltd.

Ajey Maharaj: +91 9871798573; 

Vidya Pawan Kapoor: + 91-9899996189 

Joyshree Saikia: +91 9711972019 

Avian Media

Rishu Singh, +91-9958891501; 

Preeti Sehrawat: +91-9711170599 

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