Diet Plan for Dengue Fever

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne illness that spreads during monsoon if bitten by the fatal Aedes mosquito.

Mild dengue fever causes a high fever and flu-like symptoms. The severe form of dengue fever, also called dengue hemorrhagic fever, can cause serious bleeding, a sudden drop in blood pressure (shock), and death.


Dengue Symptoms

Dengue fever causes a high fever — 104 F (40 C) — and any of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Muscle, bone, or joint pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Pain behind the eyes
  • Swollen glands
  • Rash

Most people recover within a week or so. In some cases, symptoms worsen and can become life-threatening. This is called severe dengue, dengue hemorrhagic fever, or dengue shock syndrome.


The following can be helpful to boost immunity and prepare the body to fight back against Dengue:

Papaya Leaves

They help to elevate the platelet counts which fall to dangerously low levels in a dengue patient. Typically, it is advised to consume these leaves in juice form.


Loaded with essential minerals and nutrients, this wonder fruit gives the body an immense rush of energy. It is also a rich source of iron; they aid in maintaining an average blood platelet count.

Coconut Water

Dengue generally results in dehydration. Thus, it is immensely beneficial to consume coconut water – which is loaded with electrolytes and vital nutrients. In many cases, ginger water is also suggested, since it helps to combat the nausea that many dengue patients experience.


Turmeric has medicinal properties to assist in faster recovery, its consumption with milk can be helpful.


Fenugreek or methi is known to induce sleep and acts as a mild tranquilizer that aids in easing pain. It is also known to stabilize the high fever that is a common dengue symptom.


A rich mix of antioxidants and Vitamin C, oranges and their juice also helps in treating and eliminating the dengue virus.

What to avoid

There are no specific dietary restrictions, you can make matters easy by adhering to a diet that is less oily and spicy at least for a few days. Also, make it a point to consume food items that are easy to digest.

You should avoid if you are suffering from Dengue:

Non-Vegetarian food

Non-vegetarian food is a strict “No”. Up your fluid intake and consume warm water instead of normal water.

Oily and Fried, Spicy food.

Choosing a lighter diet and avoiding oily and fried food is best. It contains a lot of fat which may lead to higher blood pressure. This can hamper your recovery as it weakens the immune system.

Caffeinated beverages

Your body needs a lot of liquid during this time, but that does not mean caffeinated beverages. These drinks cause fatigue, increase heartbeat, and overall, not good during this phase.

Dengue can be fatal but this fact shall not breed hopelessness in the patient as with proper care and nutrition, it is curable.

Feel free to connect with Team Nutrishilp for any emotional counseling, dietary and nutritional support to cope up with The Dengue Fever.



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