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How Long Can You Have Malaria Without Knowing
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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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