Mosquito-borne infections are spread by the bite of the infected mosquito. Diseases spread by mosquitoes are the Zika virus, West Nile virus, chikungunya virus, dengue, malaria, yellow fever, filariasis, ross river fever, and Saint Louis encephalitis, and Japanese encephalitis.
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What causes delayed wound healing?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a traveler. Recently, I noticed that any of my cuts were taking a very long time to heal and are never fully recovering. They are leaving a small scar or discoloration. Initially, I thought that the cut did not heal as I was in the water every day for a few hours. Insect bites are t... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The cut seems to be healed now as most of it show scarring. Other than that, the marks appear from scratching the skin might be due to irritation. Also, the bite is clearly visible and does not look serious. Certain mosquitoes are more notorious for causing itching... Read Full »
My 7-year-old neighbor died of malaria. What safety measures should I follow?
Query: Hi doctor, Last week my neighbor who is a 7-year-old boy died due to malaria. I am not able to overcome it and I am very depressed. And, I have a few questions, 1. Why are there no vaccines for malaria? 2. What are the common measures for curing diseases like malaria? 3. How can malaria be eradicate... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. I have shared a few points on malaria, 1. Usually malaria is not fatal, but it can become fatal if not managed properly. 2. Death rates due to malaria have significantly decreased in the last couple of years. 3.... Read Full »
Kindly suggest some preventive measures for elephantiasis.
Query: Hi doctor, Two of my neighbors are infected with elephantiasis. I am afraid as mosquitos are frequent in our area. Please suggest me the measures of prevention. Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Filariasis is transmitted by culex mosquito. So, I appreciate your knowledge that you know filariasis transmitted by mosquito bite. The most efficient first step for prevention is to avoid mosquito bites by using personal protection measures. Use skin cream ava... Read Full »
I have recently developed flat pink dots on my chest that do not hurt or itch. What are these?
Query: Hello doctor, I have recently developed flat pink dots on my chest that do not hurt or itch. I have attached a photo of the same. They came after a heavy weekend of drinking and probably the worst hangover I have ever had. The night before the hangover, I had my shirt off for a good time and was out... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post and image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), which you have posted. You have acute onset maculopapular rash, with no other associated symptom like fever, cough, body aches, etc. Any maculopapular rash in adults with no above me... Read Full »
I am worried about getting malaria or dengue due to stagnant water. What precautions should I take?
Query: Hi doctor, We reside in a rented house in a building with six other residences. During the rainy season, there is a shared space in front of our house where water might get stagnant for a time. In addition, we are troubled by mosquitoes in the evening. Furthermore, we have children in practically ev... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The most effective preventative method is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. First, ensure there is no standing water in the house or nearby area. Secondly, dress in clothing that covers your entire body. And thirdly, apply mosquito repelle... Read Full »
Does my friend with dengue need a blood transfusion?
Query: Hello doctor,My friend has a blood count of 32,000 cells/cu mm. He has been suffering from dengue for four days. He is admitted to a hospital for the same. The doctors are saying to conduct a blood transfusion. I am not sure what that is. Kindly reply. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. In dengue infection, the platelets are destroyed and thus cause a low platelet count. It is not advised to transfuse platelets to a patient who has a platelet count of more than 10 thousand. However, if the physician feels there is a need for transfusion, then he shou... Read Full »
What can I do protect myself from contracting malaria?
Query: Hello doctor, Malaria is spreading throughout my neighborhood, and I am worried if I will contract it too. Also, I have had some mosquito bites, but there are no symptoms. So, is there any vaccine to prevent it? How can I protect myself from it? What step should I take? Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. However, I would suggest you take the tablet Chloroquine 200 mg once weekly for prevention, and also, use mosquito repellents and net. Thank you. Read Full »
Query: Hello doctor, Regarding the transmission of HIV by mosquitoes, I have following query. I know the virus does not survive in insects, but what if some mosquito bites a very high viral load HIV-infected person and then bites an uninfected person on his wound, who crushes it on his wound. If the abo... Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.It is good that you have an interest in HIV transmission.If there had been HIV transmission from mosquito bites, you could have imagined the situation on our planet earth. Unlike other mosquito-borne diseases, HIV is unable to replicate in the gut of the mosquito, so it's ... Read Full »
What are the chances of getting dengue fever again, and how fatal is it?
Query: Hello doctor, I had dengue fever one month ago. What are the chances of getting dengue again? If I do get dengue again, is it fatal? Thanks. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I can understand your concern. Dengue is not fatal, and you can get it again. There is proper treatment available for dengue, and you will not get it again if you take reasonable precautions like staying away from mosquitoes. If... Read Full »
Is it safe for my child to travel if she just recovered from dengue?
Query: Hello doctor, My 9 year old daughter suffered from dengue. Her platelet count is 1,95,000. We are going for a family function away from our home town. The journey is about nine hours by train. She does not have a fever or any other symptoms. Is she fit to travel? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please get her examined thoroughly from the treating doctor before proceeding with the journey. Make sure you carry all the important and necessary medications with you while traveling. Do not give her any outside food. Protect and prevent her from cross infections... Read Full »