Another viral disease, “tomato flu,” invaded Kerala when the COVID-19 scenario seemed to calm down and take some rest from the irritating virus.
Tomato flu, also known as tomato fever, is a viral disease that causes blisters that resemble tomatoes. Tomato flu has a major impact on children under the age of 5 who experience undiagnosed fever.
Within concerns about this infection, there are some protracted questions about the nature of the disease, its causes, symptoms, treatment, and so on. Read on to get answers to some frequently asked questions (FAQ) about tomato flu.
What is Tomato Influenza?
Tomato flu is a viral disease that causes blisters / rashes on some parts of the body, skin irritation, and dehydration, primarily in children under the age of five. Generally, the blisters are red and, when very large, resemble tomatoes, hence the name tomato fever or tomato flu.
However, it is unclear whether the causative agent of tomato fever is related to dengue fever or chikungunya fever.
What are the symptoms of tomato flu?
The main symptoms of this disease are:
- Large blisters, red tomato size
- Skin irritation
- High fever
- Body pain
- Swelling of the joints.
Other symptoms are:
- Discoloration of hands, knees and buttocks
- Abdominal cramps
What Causes Tomato Flu?
The cause of the illness is still unknown. Health officials are still investigating the cause of the tomato flu. According to the latest report, tomato flu has occurred in only part of the column in India, but health officials say it could spread to other regions if prompt response is not taken on time. I’m warning you.
Is Tomato Influenza Infectious?
As with any flu, tomato flu is contagious. Infected children should be quarantined because the flu can spread rapidly from person to person.
Do you need to worry?
It’s definitely contagious, but health officials are reassuring, suggesting that it’s not fatal and can be treated. However, it is advisable to avoid close contact with infected children.
What do you do when your child gets the tomato flu?
- Contact your doctor right away
- Maintain proper hygiene
- Do not let your child hurt the blisters
- Let your child drink boiling water to rehydrate
- Use warm water to bathe your child
- Avoid close contact with infected people
- Clothing, utensils and other items used by infected children should be disinfected to prevent the spread of the flu.
How can I treat tomato flu?
Currently, there is no special treatment for tomato flu. Therefore, the disease can only be managed symptomatically.
How to prevent the spread of tomato flu?
Close contact with infected people should be avoided to reduce the chance of getting the tomato flu.
Is Tomato Influenza Related to COVID-19?
Some symptoms are similar to COVID-19, but tomato flu has nothing to do with COVID-19. These symptoms are also commonly found in other types of viral infections. So don’t panic, as the authorities are being asked to stay vigilant.