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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)

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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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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