The Use of Sweet Potato in Dengue

Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a versatile crop and has multifarious uses.

Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) is a versatile crop and has multifarious uses.
There have been anecdotal reports of the use of sweet potato in dengue.
It Helps improve the platelet counts by the process being attributed to
decoctions of sweet potato (kamote) tops. In preparations kamote tops are boiled in water for 5 minutes to extract the juice. More so the extract juice could be added a honey to taste good.

Dengue is a disease caused by a virus transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. Aedes aegypti mosquito is the most important transmitter or vector of dengue viruses. Dengue mosquitos bite during the day. Dengue fever is a benign acute febrile syndrome spread by the bite of an infected mosquito occurring in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world.

Most dengue infections result in relatively mild illness, but some can progress  to more severe form of dengue known as Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever. With dengue hemorrhagic fever, which manifested intially with high fever, severe headache, backache, joint pains, nausea and vomiting, eye pain, and rash.  It can be fatal if unrecognized and not properly treated. Illness begins abruptly with a minor stage of 2-4 days’ duration followed by rapid deterioration. Increased vascular permeability, blood vessels start to leak and cause bleeding from the nose, mouth, and gums. Bruising can be a sign of bleeding inside the body. Without prompt treatment, the blood vessels can collapse, causing shock (dengue shock syndrome). Dengue hemorrhagic fever is fatal in about 5 percent of cases, mostly among children and young adults.

There is no specific treatment for dengue. But my friend use sweet potato to her daughter because her doctor prescribed.  And her daughter easily recovered from dengue.

Persons with dengue fever should rest and drink plenty of fluids. They should be kept away from mosquitoes for the protection of others. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is treated by replacing lost fluids. Some patients need transfusions to control bleeding.

No vaccine for prenventing dengue. But to avoid mosquito bites and reduce the risk of acquiring dengue is to eliminate the places where the mosquito lays her eggs, primarily artificial containerss that hold water.

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  1. I’ve never heard of this disease, but it’s amazing how effective natural cures can be. great article.

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