What is Tomato flu that is spreading in India? Symptoms and treatment

India has recorded as many as 82 cases of tomato flu or tomato fever since the virus was first reported in Kerala on May 6.

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The flu was named on the basis of the eruption of red and painful blisters throughout the body that gradually enlarge to the size of a tomato.

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The primary symptoms observed in children with tomato flu are similar to those of chikungunya, which include high fever, rashes, and intense pain in joints.

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Some of its symptoms like body aches, fever and fatigue are similar to those experienced by Covid-19 patients

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Other symptoms include joint swelling, nausea, diarrhoea, dehydration, joint aches and high fever. In some cases, patients also reported the development of rashes on their skin.

Patients showing the symptoms listed should go through molecular and serological tests for the diagnosis of dengue, chikungunya, zika virus, varicella-zoster virus, and herpes.

The treatment for tomato flu is similar to the treatment of chikungunya, dengue and hand, foot, and mouth disease.

Patients are advised to isolate, rest, plenty of fluids, and hot water sponge for the relief of irritation and rashes.

"Supportive therapy of paracetamol for fever and bodyache and other symptomatic treatments are required", said the study.