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Chikungunya Virus

  • Most people infected with chikungunya virus will develop some symptoms.
  • Symptoms usually begin 3–7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
  • The most common symptoms are fever and joint pain.
  • Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.
  • Chikungunya disease does not often result in death, but the symptoms can be severe and disabling.
  • Most patients feel better within a week. In some people, the joint pain may persist for months.
  • People at risk for more severe disease include newborns infected around the time of birth, older adults (≥65 years), and people with medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease.
  • Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.


  • The symptoms of chikungunya are similar to those of dengue and Zika, diseases spread by the same mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya.
  • See your healthcare provider if you develop the symptoms described above and have visited an area where chikungunya is found.
  • If you have recently traveled, tell your healthcare provider when and where you traveled.
  • Your healthcare provider may order blood tests to look for chikungunya or other similar viruses like dengue and Zika.


  • There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus.
  • Treat the symptoms:
    • Get plenty of rest.
    • Drink fluids to prevent dehydration.
    • Take medicine such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or paracetamol to reduce fever and pain.
    • Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of bleeding).
    • If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.
  • If you have chikungunya, prevent mosquito bites for the first week of your illness.
    • During the first week of infection, chikungunya virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites.
    • An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.

Content Source:- CDC


How to Keep Your Skin Healthy During Rains: Monsoon Skin Care Myths BY KANCHAN MEHRA, BEAUTY & MAKEOVER EXPERT.

Monsoon is here, and so is the time for getting drenched in the cold showers and having a warm tea with crisp Pakoras. Monsoon is a time to enjoy the rain, but it’s also a time when our skin becomes vulnerable. Rains create the perfect climate for harmful bacteria to flourish and stay suspended in air for longer periods. And because of the overcast skies, the pollution levels also increase. Both these things sound trouble for our skin.

As it is with all other health related aspects, there a lot of myths in the air related to skin care. When it comes to skin care it’s very essential to separate fact from fiction, and even more so during monsoon. So, we try to debunk some of the common skin care myths for you and provide you with a list of Do’s and Don’ts during this monsoon.

Myth: You don’t need a moisturizer

Most people skip the moisturizer during rains because they either believe that it’d make their skin oily or they simply don’t feel the need. It might sound strange at first, but not using a moisturizer will actually make your skin more oily. This is because when the skin is left dry, it produces more oil to counteract the dryness. This adds to the problems related with oily skin. So, you’re better off using the wrong moisturizer than using none at all.

Myth: You don’t need a sunscreen

You don’t need a sunscreen when the sun is hiding behind the clouds, right? Wrong! You should stop believing this right now! The truth is that the clouds are unable to stop the UVA and UVB rays from the sun that cause actual harm. Technically speaking, it’s not actually the sunlight that causes damage to your skin, but the not-visible-by-naked-eyes Ultraviolet Rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into skin and cause serious conditions like skin cancer, even when it’s overcast. So, to be on the safer side, you should always carry a sunscreen lotion with you, whether it’s sunny or not.

Myth: Drenching in the rain is good for your skin

No water is as pure as rain water! This statement might have been true two-three hundred years ago, but with our cities pumping millions of litres of harmful gases into the air every second, we should be grateful that it’s still water. The rainwater today can do you more harm than good; it can trigger allergies or cause other skin-related problems. So, next time you get drenched in the rain, intentionally or unintentionally, try to get cleaned up, as soon as possible.

Do’s and Don’ts for your skin in the Monsoon

  • Use an antibacterial face wash or soap. This would keep your skin bacteria-free, meaning, less chance of acne breakout.
  • Take Vitamin C supplements. Vitamin C boosts your immune system which will keep skin infections at bay.
    Use Aloe Vera or any other gel-based moisturizer. This is especially helpful if you’ve got an oily skin. Aloe Vera also has anti-bacterial properties.
  • Increase frequency of exfoliation. If you exfoliate once or twice a week, bring that up to four; but not more than four or you would scrub off healthy cells. If you never felt the need to exfoliate before, now’s the time to start.
  • Don’t touch your face. Resist touching your face; if you really have to, wash your hands first.
  • Use disposable wipes or tissues to wipe your face in place of a cloth/towel, whenever you can. During rains, sweat drenched towels take longer to dry and become breeding grounds for bacteria.
  • Cover your face with a pollution mask while going out. Because of overcast skies, pollution levels increase; this pollution penetrates in the pores and causes problems like clogged pores and blackheads.
  • Avoid fried and oily foods. This goes without saying.