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Tomato flu is gripping children; Know causes symptoms and precautions

by Shatakshi Gupta

Even before the COVID pandemic threat has passed, a new strain of flu is causing concern among Keralites, with more than 80 children diagnosed with Tomato Flu.

Following the discovery of “tomato flu” cases in Kerala, Tamil Nadu has increased border surveillance. The virus, which is named after the red blisters it creates, has caused anxiety in Coimbatore. In this context it becomes important to understand about this flu.

What is tomato flu, exactly?

This flu primarily affects youngsters under the age of five. Rashes, skin irritation, and dehydration are among the symptoms of this illness, sometimes known as Tomato fever.

This is a self-limiting flu for which there is no special treatment. If supportive care is provided, the symptoms will resolve on their own over time.

It should be highlighted that eating tomatoes has nothing to do with acquiring Tomato Fever. Because of the symptoms, health specialists have given it the name tomato fever. When a person has this illness, he develops tomato-like red scars all over his body, which is why it’s known as tomato fever.

The flu has yet to be fully diagnosed, and the causes are unknown. It’s still unclear whether this is a novel virus or a side effect of dengue/chikungunya.

What are the symptoms?

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Rashes, red blisters, skin irritation, and dehydration are the most common signs of the condition. Other symptoms include a high fever, joint swellings, weariness, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, discoloration of the hands, knees, and buttocks, coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose.

Treatment and Prevention:

  • Tomato fever, like other flu cases, is contagious. If someone becomes sick with this flu, they should be isolated since it can transmit quickly from one person to another.
  • Keeping an eye on child, to prevent him from scratching the blisters created by the virus is critical.
  • Rest and hygiene are also recommended.
  • To prevent the flu from spreading, sanitise the utensils, clothes, and other items used by affected people.
  • Dehydration could also be avoided by increasing fluid consumption.
  • Most importantly, if you detect any of the symptoms listed above, you should seek medical help.