U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

what causes hypotension when someone has malaria?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kevin Lingle
Cardiology 15 years experience
Many things: Malaria is a viral illness and cause fevers, during fevers there is vasodilitation which causes hypotension. Also as the virus attacks the body and the body attacks the virus many free radicals and chemical reactions take place many of which cause the body's blood vessels to dilate and cause hypotension.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Several causes: Excessive sweating, lack of drinking and fever all lead to dehydration and low blood pressure. Falciparum infection, the most severe form, also causes low platelets and disseminated intravascular coagulation (dic) with bleeding, resulting in low blood pressure and shock.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there any tested and proven diet therapy for acute malaria?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Garrett Caldwell
Dr. Garrett Caldwellanswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Malaria: To get rid of malaria, you need anti-malarial medications. Diet will not get rid of the disease. Malaria lives within your red blood cells and while you can find diet therapies on the internet based upon foods with a high quinine content (a drug used as an anti-malarial), these are unproven. Malaria can be a very dangerous disease and should be treated by a physician.
A 31-year-old member asked:

I am two months pregnant. Please, what drug can I use to treat malaria?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Escobar
Dr. David Escobaranswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Depends: This all depends on the region where you were infected. There are varying degrees of malarial drug resistance around the globe. There are several malarial medications that are safe to take during pregnancy, but again everything depend on the region of the world where you were infected. Please make an appoint with a health care provider and/or an infectious disease specialist!
A 21-year-old member asked:

Which species of malaria is responsible for malaria deaths?

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Samyukta Mullangi
Dr. Samyukta Mullangianswered
Dermatology 7 years experience
Plasmodium: Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and animals caused by plasmodium protozoa. Among the five species of plasmodium, p. Falciparum is largely responsible for severe diseases including cerebral malaria.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can malaria mosquitoes breed in latrines and toilets?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 18 years experience
Yes: Anywhere where there is standing water, mosquitoes can breed.
A 23-year-old member asked:

How likely will malaria cause my spleen to rupture?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 44 years experience
Uncommon: The medical literature suggests that splenic rupture occurs in about 2% (2 out of 100) of malaria cases. This occurs more often during the early phases of the malaria attack and is more common in malaria strains found in turkey. The most common symptom is pain the the left upper abdomen.

Related questions

A 45-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
A 33-year-old member asked:
4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
A 40-year-old member asked:
2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
A 28-year-old male asked:
2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
A 33-year-old member asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Jul 20, 2016

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.