Kerala recently recorded almost 80 cases of ‘tomato flu,’ a viral condition characterised by rashes or blisters, skin discomfort, and dehydration. In response to an increase in instances in the states, Tamil Nadu and Coimbatore have increased their monitoring of visitors entering the state.
Tomato flu is an unknown illness that has been found in different areas in Kerala. So far, the uncommon viral illness has affected more than 80 youngsters under the age of five in the state. The virus takes its name from the red blisters it creates, according to Dr Shuchin Bajaj, Founder and Director of the Ujala Cygnus Group of Hospitals.
The precise cause of the flu is still being examined. According to Dr Bajaj, there is a controversy about whether the condition is a viral fever or an aftereffect of chikungunya or dengue fever.
Rashes, skin irritation, and dehydration are among the most typical symptoms, according to the expert. According to some reports, the flu has also caused nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea, coughing, body discomfort, sneezing, runny nose, weariness, and joint pain.
Treatment and prevention
According to Dr Bajaj, here are some tomato flu precautions you should take:
*Prevent youngsters from scratching the blisters caused by the flu, since this might aggravate the condition.
*Doctors have also recommended enough rest and cleanliness. To combat dehydration, fluid intake must be increased.
*If any of the symptoms are present, parents should seek medical attention immediately.
*Tomato fever, like other kinds of flu, is infectious. If someone becomes infected, they must be isolated.