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

  1. Jagjit Mander says:

    Find it quite informative & useful ,thx

  2. 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,

  3. 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

  4. AMIT says:

    can one eat pizza in dengue ?

  5. 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

  6. 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?

  7. 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..

  8. I have been just diagnosed that i am suffering fron dengue. Can i have rice with pulses?

  9. Bulu says:

    can i treat dengue at home without a
    dmitting to hospital

  10. nnina Quimeri says:

    Mydaugjter has a dengue and uti can she take antibiotic? I’m

  11. Rjaiswal says:

    Hi I got fever on 14th Sept took pills for vital fever again had on 17th and diagnosed as dengue,was on liquid diet and fruits and am on bed rest. How long does it take to get back to regular activities.

  12. Nishant khandelwal says:

    I recovered from dengue by 11th sep,i mean my platelets got normal by then. By 17th September platelet count reached 3.37 lacs.
    Now by 26th sep I feel well , except that I feel little weakness in my legs.
    I want to know whether I should still be taking precautions regarding my diet or can i have normal regular diet .

  13. pranay taylor says:

    hello mam ..i have a dengue but 4 days are running out actually now i have no fever no headche no joint pain no body pain but i have problem in liver So what can i do and eat in this situation

  14. Damyanti says:

    my son is recovering from dengue (Today is 7th day). His WC Count is 7430 and PLATELET COUNT IS 120000. Can he take Idli and Sambhar or Idli + Coconut chatni. Can he eat Dhudhpak. I am regularly giving him lot of water , lemon juice and mosambi juice.

  15. ayesha bilal says:

    Just got recovered frm dengue
    Can i eat liver??

  16. Hlo maam i’m shivani…my father is hvng dengue and his platelts are 185000 so what fruit or eatables should we give him to improve his health though his treatmnt is also going on

  17. Neha Kava says:

    Hello Saurabh,
    make sure you drink lots of fluids during Dengue. And also take Fresh papaya leaf juice. It does help to increase your platelets and reduce symptoms.

  18. Roselle A. Lopez says:

    My daughter was suffered from dengue and we recently discharge from the hospital 2 days from now. I just want to ask if what are the do’s and dont’s in taking care of my daughter?

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Roselle,
      YOu just make sure there is hygiene around her. give her boiled water. Lost of fruits and veggies. Make sure she eats healthy home cooked food.

      May god bless her

  19. amit says:

    Hi Doc,

    My current platelet count is 20K and dengue fever subsided some 3-4 days back, can I eat chicken, since I’m feeling a lot of weakness or chicken soup cooked at home.

  20. Preksha says:

    Can i have cheese i am on recovery stage

  21. y santosh kumar says:

    Recently diagnosed dengue discharged from hospital with 1lac plateletts count can i preffer non veg food or not pls suggest.

  22. Tarun Goyal says:

    i am suffering from dengue.Can i eat savayiya(vermicelli) ?

  23. Shalini says:

    My kid is 7, she has high fever . We are giving her calpol ds after every 5-6 hours.
    Issue is she is not able to digest anything, even if she takes apple she vomits .
    Is it ok to give her little littler ors only from time to time?

    We haven’t done any tests, is it required?
    Our doctor suggested to wait for 7 days.

  24. HT says:

    What is the optimal level of protein for a recuperating male age 65y. If w are taking ‘Ensure’ protein – how many scoops in a day?

  25. Shikha says:

    Can we serve maggie to the patient

  26. Hitesh says:

    Dear neha mam

    In case of dengue i am admitted in hospital from last 4 days to day is 5th day

    During day fever cames 2 to 3 times temp remains 102F

  27. Arshdeep says:

    Can we eat non veg food during dengue fever

  28. Nishant says:

    After recovering from dengue I am suffering from hair loss,,please suggest how it can be treated.

  29. Rohit says:

    Blood platelets is improving now gone upto 111k.can i eat chicken or chapati

  30. Anji says:

    I have 1.5k platelets can i have chicken

  31. ARJUN says:

    Can I eat non veg after dengue

  32. Waseem says:

    Hi Neha,

    Right Noe i m suffering through Fever and having bodyache, is it i am suffering from dengur or Normal fever

  33. Zeeshan says:

    My pltlts count was 117000 1 week before from then M preserving papaya leaf extrct pomegranate kiwis and other fruits bt still i feel unhealthy what should i do ..?

  34. tabrez says:

    What can i eat when my plt is 89k plz suggest me…

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Additional to your regular diet drink lots of water along with fresh fruit and veggies.
      Drink papaya leaf juice. it does wonders

  35. Ritesh Jaisinghani says:

    After how many days can consume alcohol after dengue fever has gone and my platelets are more than 150000 !

  36. Aryan says:

    My platelets are normal mam….can I eat sweets….

  37. Giyir says:

    my pltrt is 70k pls suggest me wic food I should west n wic should not.

  38. Nadeem Haider says:

    Can I eat non veg food after recovering from dengue fever?

  39. jeena says:

    i am suffering fro dengue and the platelate is normal, shall i refer any medicine or only good food supplements is enough to avoid any medicine? i am drinkinh 3 teaspoon of papaya leave juice daily…till how long I should take?…please suggest.

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