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How long can malaria last?

How long can malaria last?

Varies: Malaria reactivation from latent infection form plasmodium ovale or plasmodium vivax can occur three years after an infection. Symptoms in patients with subclinical parasitemia have been reported decades after the initial infection. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Definition)

A life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. These parasites infect red blood cells, causing high fever, shaking chills, sweats, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, anemia. First symptoms occur 10 days to four weeks post infection, symptoms occur in cycles of ...Read more


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

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

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. ...Read more

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How long do the symptoms of malaria last; for untreated and treated?

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. ...Read more

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How long for malaria to clear up?

Depends on Type&RX: DEPENDS ON THE SPECIES OF MALARIA PARASITE Plamodium Vivax the treatment is 14 days but it is common to relapse but infection with this are not life threatening. While with Plasmodium the treatment lat for three days.This disease can be deadly if not treated quickly ...Read more

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How long malaria can proceed in the body?

How long malaria can proceed in the body?

It varies a lot: Malaria symptoms show up a week to a few months after being infected by a mosquito bite. With 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. The person develops immunity over time, and his symptoms may decrease as the years go by. ...Read more

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How long will i show positive to malaria?

How long will i show positive to malaria?

Malaria: Until treated effectively the parasite will appear in the red blood cells and some free forms in the blood smear. Effective therapy for the hematogenous forms and the extraerythrocytic phase will cure this disease. ...Read more

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What are the long complications of malaria?

Malaria: If you have been successfully treated and cured of malaria there should not be long term complications. If you have not been treated appropriately you need to go and do so, because there are multiple complications too complicated to be gone into here. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does malaria tablets stay in your system?

How long does malaria tablets stay in your system?

Depends: The length of time an antimalarial drug stays in your system depends on the specific drug. Speak to a pharmacist about specific therapies. ...Read more

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How long does it take the symptoms of malaria to show up?

How long does it take the symptoms of malaria to show up?

10 to14 days after: The symptoms usually will show up after 10 to 14 days after you were biten and infected with the parasite ...Read more

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What kind of malaria medication should I take before i travel and for how long?

What kind of malaria medication should I take before i travel and for how long?

Depends: The medicine you take is dependent on where you are going. Some areas have resistance to certain drugs (like chloroquine.) you might need to start taking it a few weeks before you left, depending on what you take. ...Read more

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How long after taking malaria pills can you try to have a baby? Are there any effective options that

Varies with the meds: There are several medications for prevention of malaria when traveling. Some are ok for use in pregnancy, while others are not. Some stay in the body days to weeks, while others stay in the body many weeks. An infectious disease doctor, or a primary care doctor with knowledge of travel medicine or tropical medicine, can look up the details for various drugs and write the prescription. ...Read more

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How long does it take after the bite of an infected mosquito, for someone to feel the effects of malaria?

How long does it take after the bite of an infected mosquito, for someone to feel the effects of malaria?

1 week to few months: Malaria symptoms show up a week to a few months after being infected by a mosquito bite. Fevers, chills, 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. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to take doxycyclene for a prolonged time? My son has been in a malaria area and is going again in two months!

Is it harmful to take doxycyclene for a prolonged time? My son has been in a malaria area and is going again in two months!

Not really: There are anti malarials he could take that are not doxycycline, like Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil) and lariam. Some you take once a week for a period before, during, and after. Doxycycline should not be taken for months, but a few weeks won't cause much harm. Contact your doc and local travel clinic/ health department for malaria prophylaxis alternatives. ...Read more

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Not long ago my friend told me that the anti-malarial medicines can be worse than catching malaria itself. how true is this?

Not long ago my friend told me that the anti-malarial medicines can be worse than catching malaria itself. how true is this?

It's not: I'm really sorry there are such foolish people in this world. If you've never had malaria and you go to an area with there's falciparum without an anti-malarial on board, you're asking to be dead in two weeks. Is that what you want? There will always be doctor-bashers. People who take them seriously can pay with their lives. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the treatment take to cure malaria?

Normally, how long would the treatment take to cure malaria?

Depends: Not enough information; sorry. The treatment course depends on: -disease severity--has it impacted brain, kidney, liver? -which form? P. Falciparum or p vivax? -resistance to medications? -age of person? -pregnancy? -medicine choice all these variables influence the length of malaria treatment. Briefest answer. Uncomplicated p. Falciparum--rx'd for 3 days uncomplicated p. Vivax rx'd 14 days. ...Read more

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Malaria from last 8 years. Repeat it every 2/3 times in a year.Treated by specialist bt cud NT recovered completely?

Malaria from last 8 years. Repeat it every 2/3 times in a year.Treated by specialist bt cud NT recovered completely?

See below: Depending on the type of malaria, some can hide out in the liver and pop out again later down the road; if you are given a medication called Primaquine to treat these (in addition the treatment for active malaria), you shouldn't have recurrences after. Multiple recurrences would suggest reinfection, especially if you live in an endemic area. ...Read more

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How long does it take for malaria blood tests to come back?

How long does it take for malaria blood tests to come back?

Minutes to days: Examination of blood smear for malarial parasites takes considerable skill, however, depending on the severity of parasite levels, a skilled person may diagnose it in a matter of minute. If more involved testing is needed, it may take a 2-3 days or even longer. ...Read more

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My granny got malaria and typhoid how long befor she better?

Where is granny?: Malaria, appropriately treated, if the plasmodium is sensitive to the meds will respond very quickly. Typhoid fever, however, may have persistent symptoms long beyond what you might expect from institution of appropriate therapy. Would not be surprised to have typhoid persist for 10-14 days after starting therapy. ...Read more

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My gf got malaria and typhoid long ago. Will it come back?

Usually Not: Usually not unless exposed again. Once properly treated both infections are usually over. Rarely, some people go on to become carrires of typhoid (can pass disease on but are not sick themselves). There are 4 types of malaria each with a different lifecycle. Some types can relapse up to 5 years after intial infection. Her doctor can review the spefics of her infections with her. ...Read more

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Will malaria cause a low grade fever that lasts for 3 months?

It can,until Rx'd..: There r many types of malaria, major early symptoms. The fevers follow patterns, daily, every other day or every 3 or 4 days . I believe this is quartinary malaria (4) . It is treatable ; also preventable. ...Read more

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After malaria treatment how long does the result still positive in the blood stream ?

After malaria treatment how long does the result still positive in the blood stream ?

Malaria: If the therapy is effective against the strain of plasmodium you have there should be a rapid (within a day) disappearance of the parasite from the erythrocytes, and free gametocytes should also not be present. If you are still showing positive results on blood smears you may have a resistant organism. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more