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what are some symptoms of malaria?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Quickly: Often within hours after the mosquito injects plasmodia into you, fever and chills and diffuse muscle aches and malaise may develop, depending upon the species with which you are infected. Subsequently the initial random fevers and chills assume a regular pattern of every third or fourth day, you become anemic and may have mental changes (all species related).
Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Symptoms: Fever, headache, chills, , sweating, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, fever may be relapsing.
Dr. Claude Parola
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Symptoms: Symptoms may include fever, bodyache, sweating, headache; if one recently traveled to an endemic area for malaria and developed these symptoms malaria should be in the deferential diagnosis.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Malaria Symptoms: may include: headache, fever, shivering, sweating, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dry cough, muscle/joint/back pain & enlarged spleen. There is a cyclic pattern of being very cold & shivering followed by feeling very hot and sweating. Additionally one can develop jaundice, blood in urine, anemia, eye problems (nystagmus, problems with eye movements), seizures & coma.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Fever: Fever, chills, headache and sweats with sometimes nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea. After a week of daily fever, different malaria species begin to synchronize to have fever every other day (tertian) or every third day (quartan).
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Malaria Symptoms: may include: headache, fever, shivering, sweating, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dry cough, muscle/joint/back pain & enlarged spleen. There is a cyclic pattern of being very cold & shivering followed by feeling very hot and sweating. Additionally one can develop jaundice, blood in urine, anemia, eye problems (nystagmus, problems with eye movements), seizures & coma.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Fever chills fatigue: Malaria symptoms show up a week to a few months after being infected by a mosquito bite. Fevers, chills, head ache, fatigue, swelling of the spleen, etc... usually occur. With medical treatment, the symptoms should go away in a couple of weeks. However, without treatment, and depending on the strain of malaria parasite, an infected person can have symptoms for a few years, up to a few decades.
Dr. Yahya Atiya
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Any of a number: Malaria is a serious condition, that is potentially fatal. The commonest symptoms are those of the common cold. Therefore, any illness that occurs within a few weeks of visiting a malaria-endemic area, should prompt a visit to a doctor, with specific mention of your travel history if the doctor does not ask!
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Fever chills fatigue: Malaria symptoms show up a week to a few months after being infected by a mosquito bite. Fevers, chills, head ache, fatigue, swelling of the spleen, etc... usually occur. With medical treatment, the symptoms should go away in a couple of weeks. However, without treatment, and depending on the strain of malaria parasite, an infected person can have symptoms for a few years, up to a few decades.
Dr. Jaiprakash Thakor Jairam
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Malaria symptoms: Why are you asking.If you have been to an area known to have malaria in the last 8 to 30 days and are experiencing symptoms of "flu"fever ,runny nose ,body ache,then see your HCP ,INFORMING them that you have been to a malaria area.Symptoms are non-specific initially.Malaria ,anopheles mosquito,plasmodium parasite.Common is P falciparum,Most cases occur in Africa.If in doubt,get checked. Good luck
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Malaria: Symptoms of malaria include repeated bouts of symptoms such as (high) fever, malaise, marked sweating, chills with shaking, headache, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

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How long do the symptoms of malaria last if untreated or treated?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Lengthy: Untreated, if not dead, they may last a lifetime. You develop low grade immunity and compensatory mechanisms to deal with damage, but this is seldom cured on its own. Treated appropriately, symptoms will begin to regress within hours of initiation of therapy, but if not fully treated for the extraerythrocytic stages of disease, may recur up to 20 yrs or more after therapy for acute illness.
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How long does it take the symptoms of malaria to show up?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Quickly: Often within hours after the mosquito injects plasmodia into you, fever and chills and diffuse muscle aches and malaise may develop, depending upon the species with which you are infected.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you explain what are the symptoms of malaria?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Malaria: Malaria symptoms are many indeed! fever, chills, sweats, headache, cough, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain/bloating, diarrhea, muscle or joint aches with the mild or uncomplicated type. For more severe cases, patients can present with comatose state, seizures, respiratory distress, kidney or liver failure, anemia just to name a few.
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Please explain what are some symptoms of malaria ?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Malaria: Malaria symptoms are many indeed! fever, chills, sweats, headache, cough, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain/bloating, diarrhea, muscle or joint aches with the mild or uncomplicated type. For more severe cases, patients can present with comatose state, seizures, respiratory distress, kidney or liver failure, anemia just to name a few.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of malaria? When should I be worried?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Malaria: The presentation may vary with the plasmodium species involved but often begins with shaking chills, high fevers, sweats, headache, fatigue and nausea and vomiting. In persons who have been in a malarious area for very long and have been repeatedly infected there may be minimal if any symptoms. It also varies with the state of the infected individual.

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