The signs and symptoms of chikungunya resemble those of dengue and Zika, which are infections that are spread by the same mosquitoes that transmit chikungunya. If you plan to travel to that place, tell your doctor when and where you will travel. Your doctor may request for blood tests to check for chikungunya or other identical diseases like dengue and Zika.
There is no vaccine or medicine to treat chikungunya infections.
To treat the signs and symptoms:
- Get more rest
- Drink fluids to prevent dehydration
- Take analgesic such as acetaminophen or paracetamol to reduce fever and pain
- Do not take migraine medications and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) until dengue is ruled out
- If you are taking medicines for another condition, talk to your doctor before taking additional medications
- If you have chikungunya, avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes during the first week of your illness