Tomato Fever or Tomato Flu 

Post the outbreak of coronavirus, the immunity of human beings has been negatively impacted worldwide, resulting now humans being more prone to get ill easily and frequently. Besides covid virus, many other diseases like chikungunya, dengue, zika virus and monkeypox are being the widespread onset of monsoon and weather changes. Amidst all such seasonal diseases, tomato flu or tomato fever is the new entrant in the field of hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD). 

Tomato fever or tomato flu is not life-threatening. The tomato fever, the nomenclature has been done on the basis of red, painful blisters same a tomato which appears throughout the body and grows gradually to the size of a tomato. There is a myth that tomato flu has some significance with tomatoes.  

Tomato Flu: Causes 

The origin of tomato flu is not known. Health professionals are trying to figure out the main cause of tomato flu. Till now no causes have been found that spread tomato flu and the causes of tomato flu are yet to be ascertained. 

Tomato Flu: Target 

Tomato flu is a contagious disease that generally targets children aged between one and five years, adults with weaker immunity are also prone to get infected easily. 

Tomato Flu: Symptoms 

Tomato flu symptoms are similar to chikungunya and dengue-like- 

  1. High Fever- Generally, an infected person experiences a high fever post-infection followed by coughing, sneezing and running nose. 
  2. Vomiting– Nausea and abdominal cramps are prominent in tomato flu.  
  3. Skin irritation– Red rashes and blisters emerge throughout the body causing skin irritation. 
  4. Swelling of joints– Tomato flu infected person faces difficulties in smooth body movement, joint pain or body ache is visible. 
  5. Fatigue and tiredness- An infected person will face tiredness early and will be less competent to accomplish day-to-day work than usual. 
  6. Discoloration- Tomato flu would cause discoloration of the legs and hands. 

Tomato Flue: Prevention 

Tomato flu is not life-threatening and the mortality rate is also not high. The treatment is easily available with generic medicines. Here are some ways through which we can prevent tomato flu- 

  1. Take more liquids like boiled water, juices and liquid content. 
  2. Isolate the infected person for a week to prevent tomato flu spread. 
  3. Maintain good hygiene. 
  4. Do not rub or touch the blisters. 
  5. Maintain physical distance from the infected person as it’s contagious. 
  6. Take proper rest and medicines under a doctor’s supervision for a speedy recovery. 
  7. Tomato flu-infected area needs to be properly sanitized regularly. 

Tomato Flu: Diagnosis- 

On arrival of any of the mentioned symptoms, the patient is advised to meet a doctor and undergo the molecular and serological test as suggested with proper medicines, food and rest. 

Tomato Flu: Treatment- 

The treatment of tomato flu is similar to the treatment of chikungunya and dengue under the supervision of medical practitioners. Patients are being advised to take plenty of liquids, stay hydrated, isolate themselves and rest.