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Dengue Fever and Low Platelets Count

Answered by: Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli

Last Updated: May 3, 2021 12:11 PM

Anonymous 23 months

Greetings to the doctor…

My brother had dengue for six days already and the platelets keep decreasing from (117 - 75 - 60). The advice given by the doctor-in-charge is to drink a lot of water and my brother already done it (about 3 to 3.5 litre a day) but the platelets doesn’t show any sign to increase. Is there any additional food that can increase the platelets count other than drink a lot of water? I have read on the internet about the advantage of crab soup and broccoli. I also read about the coconut water has anti-platelets properties, so dengue patients cannot drink coconut water. Is it true?

Another question during daytime, my brother’s temperature will be in range 36.7 for these last 2 days, so he didn’t take paracetamol as he doesn’t have fever at that time. However, when the temperature is higher than 37.6 (usually during night time) he will take panadol? Is this the right decision?

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Dr Nur Syuhada binti Zulkifli 23 months
General Practitioner

Greetings! Thank you for your questions.

First and foremost, we truly understand your concerns regarding dengue fever. For your information, although sea crab soup is said to help with dengue fever. However, there are no further research has been on the matter. Sea crabs are rich in protein and other essential nutrients which can help increase calorie intake. It is used as a traditional and complementary medicine, other than carica papaya leaf extract and isotonic drinks, among dengue patients. Somehow, there is no evidence it has any added advantages to dengue fever patients. Meanwhile, coconut water, which is loaded with electrolytes and vital nutrients is believed to have benefits, as dengue generally results in dehydration. In addition, yes, paracetamol is suggested to be taken when one’s experiencing fever which the body temperature is high. (Normal temperature : 36.5 - 37.5’C)

In order for us to provide you with an accurate choice of treatment and management, we need additional details to explore further into your current complaints. Therefore, we greatly suggest that you refer this to your nearest medical doctor for full examination. You may also click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to speak with our doctors online. We assure you that our conversations are kept in confidentiality unless additional consultation needed with other medical parties. The following answers regarding your current queries are just general descriptions. Thank you.

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Last Updated: Mon May 03 2021 12:11:43 GMT+0800 (Malaysia Time)
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