Diet and health tips for people suffering from dengue fever

Juices-N-SmoothiesAs we all daily read in newspapers that everyday so many people die due to dengue fever. It is a viral illness.

The most effective and important tip to avoid dengue is stay away from mosquitoes and from stale water. Apart from that once you are suffering from dengue your diet plays a very important role to bring you out from this viral fever.

It is a very complicated treatment even for doctors where high doses of medications are given. At the same time food intake of patients are very low which is of greatest concern.

When these high doses are given it is very important to ensure that the patient is having good amount of calories and proteins to support the metabolism of those high doses of medicine.

Now a day’s dengue fever is considered to be one of the dangerous fevers. Inspite of the medications available it is difficult to diagnose at an early stage. As we talk about diet for dengue fever.

There is no thumb rule to be followed for diet but a few tips can help you to combat soon from the fever.

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Drink ample water during Dengue Fever

It is very necessary to supply your body with plenty of fluids throughout the day. Oral rehydration solution, fruit juices, coconut water, lime juice etc can be given which will help to remove the toxins from the body.

Virus gets excreted via urine hence reducing its load in the body.

During fever appetite of patients is really very low, so it becomes our responsibility to select food which patient likes and apart from that the food selected should be such which has high energy in small quantities.

For e.g. instead of chapatti give sheera with good amount of ghee and sugar. 1 chapati to eat would be difficult if compared with sheera.

Handful of nuts will also be a good option. In this condition fruit juice will be considered over whole fruits. Whole fruit fiber will give him satiety due to which eating quantity of food will be restricted.

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Have Fruits and Juices during Dengue Fever


Do not over load patient with spices, salt, fried and oily food. See to eat that patient gets vitamins from all the sources of fruits and vegetables. Soups are also a good option.

It will help to enhance his/her hunger and also improve his mouth taste. Your diet can include boiled vegetables, rice porridge, soup, toast, apples, bananas and tea.

If patient is not comfortable with solid food patient can stick to liquids for 2-3 days after which solid intake should be gradually started. Nausea and vomiting are the main symptoms of dengue fever which have to be taken care of.

In dengue the liver of the patient is targeted. So there is impaired function of liver. So it becomes very important to supply body with easy to digest food.

So that body doesn’t have to do extra effort of converting complex food into simple forms. After patient’s intake improves next focus after hydrating the patient is to start with a high protein diet.

Protein rich foods have to be included in the diet like milk and its products, pulses, eggs, fish, Chicken etc.

A high protein and calorie diet is recommended even after the fever is gone to restore all the resources of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats in the body.

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216 Responses to Diet and health tips for people suffering from dengue fever

  1. Jenifer says:

    Can take non-vegetarian after dengue….

  2. Suryakala j says:

    Hi Mam, recently I have gone through dengue.weakness is still there. My legs are paining very badly and my bp gets low everytime because of which I feel guidiness. And i am not able to eat regular food its not getting digested. Please suggest me diet. My Tlc platelet also less 3500

  3. Suryakala j says:

    Hi Mam, recently I have gone through dengue.weakness is still there. My legs are paining very badly and my bp gets low everytime because of which I feel guidiness. And i am not able to eat regular food its not getting digested. Please suggest me diet.

  4. nasreen says:

    One month back i am suffring from dengue.i am porfectly allright know.shall i eat nonveg know.

  5. ram says:

    hello mam
    after 2 months my weakness not going i feel vibration in my body
    and my motion is not good
    what i do?
    plz help mam

  6. Aniket says:

    Mam my brother is suffering from dengue and if i will just provide him with a fruit milkshake will it be helpfull for him.??if yes than just suggest me which fruit milkshake is more helpfull

  7. ANMOL says:

    Sir ,please Help. I am suffering from Fever, Headache, Eye pain .
    And when I get blood report there is low platelet.

    My platelet report is:- 1.1

    And Normal Range is (1.5 to 3.5).

    Then What Should I have to do?

    I am Afraid so much….


  8. lakshmi says:

    my son 25 yr old he is a pilot,he had dengue feveron 16 but dignosed on 18 oct platelates gone dwn 73 k but next day it was increased day by day he join the duty on 28 th oct but on 30th oct he went to wd frnds ejoing diwali busting crakers n 30 mrng he was not feeling well omiting an headack nw he is at home wt care shud be done nw he is feeling better after sleeping 10 hr

  9. Sana says:

    My daughter is having dengui plus typhoi ,what should i give her in diet

  10. Singappaiah H.M says:

    I am having platelets 100200 tested yesterday and I have taken two times papaya leaves juice .I had heavy fever for two days before.Now I am not getting appetite and feeling omitting sensation.Please suggest what to do?

    • Neha Kava says:

      Eat small frequent meals…
      and eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
      Lost of water.
      Appetite will come back in a weeks time…

      • m s Iqbal says:

        Hi mam my platelets count becomes normal then down every week it’s fluctuating 180k to 100k how can stable this n can I take fish n chicken

  11. Neeraj Rathod says:

    Can milk be had in dengue

  12. Saurav Gaur says:

    My platelets reduced 250 to 140 I’m having full body pain and also asked to doctor they told me to take only liquid things. As they said I’m doing as same. But by liquid things I’m not getting proper energy and also platelets decreased so please suggest me what can I eat in this fever. Tried some food but there taste is not better because of disease.

  13. Nicketia Jonas says:

    my friend has dengue..or so the doctor said but during the nights he feels like his entire body is burning up from the inside his body is cool on the outside whenever thid occurs he also have headache and joint pains at some point mostly during the nights…needb some advise please…..also what his diet should be like???

  14. Girisha R says:

    My vitamin d is 9,43 its insufficient my doctor told per weak 3 months take calcirole Sachs but my question is why my body getting low vitamin d every year last year also I am facing same problems….

  15. ANITA SINGH says:

    My brother is admitted to the hospital and Iv fluids are being given and the fever is also under control however, the platelets have drop to 35k and he is not able to digest anything he vomited evrything he ate minutes post his intake . Water is being given to him at an interval of 15-30mins .
    Plz provide a solution at the earliest.

  16. Ranjay yadav says:

    I am suffering from dengue yesterday I feel better so I have rice and it is not digested till now and also fill some headache, what can I do. please help, my stomach is heavy, it seems the food is right there only.

  17. akash singh says:

    I m suffering from dengue and my platelets is not increasing its actually decreasing gradually i m drinking payaya leaves as well as eating kivi . any thing more i can add to my diet?

    • Atif says:

      Drink lots of water. Drink fresh apple juice with some lemon drops in it. You should also have pomegranate juice freshly squeezed. Get fresh sugarcane juice add one teaspoon of lemon juice and one tablespoon of red beetroot juice twice daily for three days. Don’t ger panicked or depressed. Just drink drink and drink

  18. hii.. mam m sukhpreet, m suffering frm dengue m taking medicine at proper time but the problem is that m living alone and i don’t know what should i eat or what,its my humble request to you if u issue me a full day diet chart
    i will be very thankful to you…

  19. Yadvinder singh says:

    Hello Neha ,
    Hope you doing well ,i need a suggestion reagrding diet during dengue so can you please suggest me what i should give to my brother because doctor said that do not give heavy things like goat milk etc. So can please tell me about diet

  20. Jagjit Mander says:

    Find it quite informative & useful ,thx

  21. Bisma says:

    Hey Neha,
    Hope you are doing well. My brother and I are suffering from dengue.Its the 4th day and our platelet count is 78k and 150k respectively. Please suggest a good diet plan to follow as we feel super lethargic and drained out already.
    Also, how to extract juice from papaya leaves?

    Best regards,

  22. I am suffering from dengue yesterday I feel better so I have rice and it is not digested till now what can I do. please help, my stomach is very heavy, it seems the food is right there only

  23. AMIT says:

    can one eat pizza in dengue ?

  24. Hina says:

    My 3 year old daughter has dengue. She is just no drinking enough fluid. Wat can be done. She is not eating also

  25. Shubham says:

    Mam i am shubham . I have a doubt that instead of papaya leaf is their any other stuff to increase my platelets count . My platelets is 84000

  26. vinod says:

    Madam, I was discharged post dengue treatment on 23rd July. Now,can I eat eggs and non-vegetarian foods?

  27. MONALI says:

    HI MAM my Bfriend is having dengue now he has alot of weekness to his legs..suggest me what kind of things i can do for him.

  28. Vasu says:

    Dear Doctor my sister son recovered from dengue but now he got urinary bladder was closed and pain is coming while urine. What to do?

  29. Ramakichenane says:

    Am suffering from dengue fever past 1 week..yet my joint pains are persisting. Am at home. But my wbc count is 13,600. And I undergone some surgery before 4 yrs. Tat wound didn’t get cured till now. Whether wbc count become high because of infection r because of fever..

  30. Vnu says:

    hi mam I am recovered from dengue in last month. (30:07:2016) should I eat home made non veg especially fish

  31. Savita shelke says:

    My platelates are increasing now but eatching is not stopped still. Traetment is also gonig on please give me suggestion for stop eatching.

  32. Protiva Pramanik says:

    Hello….its Protiva here..actually i want to know that my mom had dengue but now she is diagonised that dengue virus called elesa is 52’/,which should be less than 11’/,and now its effecting her liver so what diet should she follow and what food and fruits and vegetables should she eat.please reply.

  33. Rekha says:

    Its almost three months.r recovered from dengue…How long hair fall continue …I m facing severe hair loss…plz tell me whether ll get back my hair …n can I eat nonveg

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