Yellow Fever Treatment
Treatment for yellow fever includes rest and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever. There are no effective antiviral medications to treat yellow fever.
Severe yellow fever may require intravenous fluids, oxygen therapy, blood transfusions, and kidney dialysis. Blood clotting abnormalities may require transfusions of blood proteins that help the blood to clot normally.
Specific treatment for yellow fever includes:
- Oral rehydration therapy for older children and adults:
- Drink clear liquids only, such as water, sports drinks (best), fruit juice and dilute tea.
- Drink small quantities of fluids frequently, such as 2 tablespoons of fluid every 5 minutes.
- The absence of food allows the intestines to rest.
- May be able to advance to full liquid diet once symptoms improve
- Effective to treat mild to moderate dehydration
- Acetaminophen for pain or fever
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain of fever:
Treatment for severe yellow fever includes:
Yellow Fever Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of yellow fever.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
- How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having yellow fever again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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