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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Overview)

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 48 to 72 hours.


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How does malaria cause death?

How does malaria cause death?

Several ways: Falciparum causes the organism-bearing red cells to stick together and sludge in the brain. Rapid destruction of red cells at the same time can make you anemic enough to cause death, or kill you by elevation the blood potassium, or freed hemoglobin shutting down the kidneys. A variety of more subtle mechanisms can also kill. Malaria is a neglected killer especially of the world's children. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
355 doctors shared insights

Malaria (Overview)

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 48 to 72 hours.


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I have been had low grade fever for 3 month in nigeria. I am diagnosed malaria. What malaria parasite causes such symptom?

I have been had low grade fever for 3 month in nigeria. I am diagnosed malaria. What malaria parasite causes such symptom?

Malaria: Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans (a type of unicellular microorganism) of the genus plasmodium. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever and headache, which in severe cases can progress to coma or death. ...Read more

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Living with Sickle Cell Disease (Tip)

Living with Sickle Cell Disease

People with sickle cell trait are less likely to get malaria. ...See more

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I feel beaten up with constant headaches, bodyaches &heavy eyes to the extent that i can't bend or bow down my head.. Wat symptoms.? Malaria, typhoid?

I feel beaten up with constant headaches, bodyaches &heavy eyes to the extent that i can't bend or bow down my head.. Wat symptoms.? Malaria, typhoid?

See a doctor: Possibly an infectious diseases expert. Malaria and typhoid are not common in the usa, but if you are elsewhere these may have to be looked for. Your symptoms are too non-specific to suggest a specific diagnosis, but you sound sufficiently ill to require care. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more

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Bad taste in mouth for days is it malaria or sign of pregnancy?

Bad taste in mouth for days is it malaria or sign of pregnancy?

You sound confused: If you think either one of those issues are likely you would need to explain that you had unprotected sex or been exposed to infected mosquitoes while traveling to a third world country. Maybe you were drunk, high, or psychotic when you asked the question?... ...Read more

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Help please? What is the differential diagnosis of malaria, and what does it mean?

Help please? What is the differential diagnosis of malaria, and what does it mean?

DDx of malaria: The differential diagnosis of malaria would actually be the differential diagnosis of any acute febrile illness for which malaria would be a possibility. Anyone who resided in a malarial zone, or who had recently visited one, would have the differential of malaria as a possible cause if they developed an acute febrile illness. ...Read more

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What are the possible ways to diagnose malaria?

What are the possible ways to diagnose malaria?

Fevers; blood tests: Malaria symptoms show up a week to a few months after being infected by a mosquito bite. Fevers, 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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What is malaria?

What is malaria?

Infection: Malaria is a mosquito-spread infectious disease of humans & other animals caused by eukaryotic protists (a microorganism). The protists act as parasites within red blood cells, causing symptoms that usually include fever & headache, in severe cases progressing to coma or death. The disease is widespread in tropical & subtropical regions in a broad band around the equator. ...Read more

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Which is the most common test used for malaria?

Which is the most common test used for malaria?

Blood films use to: Diagnose malaria diagnosis has been the microscopic examination of blood, utilizing blood films. Although blood is the sample most frequently used to make a diagnosis, both saliva and urine have been investigated as alternative. More recently, modern techniques utilizing antigen tests or polymerase chain reaction have been discovered. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my husband is having viral fever since 15 days and blood tests dengue,malaria,typhoid negative?

What do you suggest if my husband is having viral fever since 15 days and blood tests dengue,malaria,typhoid negative?

Viral Fever: Has he traveled outside of the US? Consider working with a infectious disease medicine specialist. ...Read more