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How did they treat malaria back in the old days in the jungle?

How did they treat malaria back in the old days in the jungle?

Not: For years the only therapy was quinine and before that nothing. This is why the childhood mortality rate is so high in malarious countries, and why genetic mutations (i.e. Sickle trait and others), have occurred in humans to create resistance to infection by the parasite. But even today, keeping up with resistance development and the cost of medicines, there is still a high death rate. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

The word comes from italian "mala aria" (bad air), from the belief the disease was caused by unhealthy air in swampy districts. Spread by mosquitoes, the parasite enter the bloodstream & infect red blood cells causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to 4 weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more


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I am an african and aa blood type.I have just treated malaria with my usual lonart ds drug three days ago and suprisingly the aches and pain symptoms still persist.My body also itch in a manner akin to the days of chloroquine drugs.What could be wrong?

I am an african and aa blood type.I have just treated malaria with my usual lonart ds drug three days ago and suprisingly the aches and pain symptoms still persist.My body also itch in a manner akin to the days of chloroquine drugs.What could be wrong?

Several possibities: You may be reacting to side-effects of the medication, the parasite may be resistant to the medication you are receiving, you may have an illness either along with or in place of the diagnosis of malaria. See your doctor. ...Read more

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M having 99-99.5 fever shivering in evening, confusion, cold , legs pain..I had typhoid+ malaria vivax 40 days back(got ok)is dis same problm nw?

Yes often relapes: If not given 2 weeks of primaquine, up to a third to people treated for vivax malaria relapse. You need to be treated again by an infectious diseases specialist. ...Read more

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My son 15 months old has high fever for last 8 days continuous. Managed with pcm and antibiotics. No malaria, dengue, typhoid. Has cough too. ?

My son 15 months old has high fever for last 8 days continuous. Managed with pcm and antibiotics. No malaria, dengue, typhoid. Has cough too. ?

High fever: Your child needs a complete workup, including complete blood count, esr, CRP and blood cultures.If no source for the fever can be found see a rheumatologist or hematologist for further evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am a 34 year old male having fever from last 8 days which comes at 5 in evening and hors by morning. My blood test, typhoid , malaria etc are normal. I have also done chest X-ray and urine test, reports of which are norma. My ESR test is 33 is it serio

I am a 34 year old male having fever from last 8 days which comes at 5 in evening and hors by morning. My blood test, typhoid , malaria etc are normal. I have also done chest X-ray and urine test, reports of which are norma. My ESR test is 33  is it serio

IT DEPENDS: it really depend om how high your fever is .are you having any chills or night sweat if you are living in the west we will said it is a virus you are from pakistan and the chance of bacteria or unusual infection is more likely. so it is very hard to say if it is serious or not . see an infection disease specialist for help ...Read more

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How do you treat malaria?

How do you treat malaria?

Depends: This is a parastic disease and can be treated with apropiate anti parasitic. There are several diffrent parasites and the treatment for the disrase depemds on the type. Your dr will choose the apropiate drug. ...Read more

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Which medicines treat malaria?

Depends on:: There are a # of antimalarial drugs (chloroquine, Malarone, Coartem, (artemether and lumefantrine) Lariam, artesunate, quinine, quinidine & combination of quinine & either doxycline or clindamyin. Medication choices depend on a # of factors: Which species of Malaria? What area of the world did the person become infected & is there drug resistant Malaria there? Does the person have any concurrent infections? Pregnancy?> ...Read more

Did (Definition)

DID is an acronym for "Dissociative identity disorder" or "Multiple personality disorder" (psychiatric disorders). It is also ...Read more