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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Malaria (Overview)

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 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
370 Doctors shared insights

Malaria (Overview)

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 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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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

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I live in the south and their are exessive amounts of mosquitos. How will I know if I get west nile or malaria?

Two issues: West nile fever is diagnoses only by sophisticated testing. The signs and symptoms are not specific for this disease. Malaria basically no longer exists in the usa except by importation by individuals acquiring it overseas, or by blood transfusion. I frankly would not worry about either, but use mosquito repellent. ...Read more

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What causes the hepatitis b and c virus? Like mosquitoes causes malaria, what causes hepatitis b and c virus

What causes the hepatitis b and c virus? Like mosquitoes causes malaria, what causes hepatitis b and c virus

Wrong word: Mosquito bites transmit malaria which is caused by a parasite. Hbv and hcv are caused by viruses transmitted by blood and certain body fluids. ...Read more

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Are the home remedies that can treat malaria?

Are the home remedies that can treat malaria?

Not really: Malaria needs to be treated with agents that can kill the plasmodium species that cause the disease. If left untreated, malaria can be deadly. There are some medicinal plants that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of malaria and many of our modern drugs for malaria are derived from medicinal plants. But you should seek malaria treatment from a knowledgeable health care provider. ...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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Which is better for treating malaria? Doxycycline monhydrate or doxycycline hyclate

Which is better for treating malaria? Doxycycline monhydrate or doxycycline hyclate

Equivalent: Both are equivalent forms of doxycycline, get whichever version is available at your pharmacy. ...Read more

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Treatment of malaria?

It depends: On where it was acquired and what species is it. Choosing incorrectly can result in deaths. ...Read more

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Are there good natural treatments for malaria?

No: Perhaps you could get a little quinine from chewing cinchona bark. But seriously, there are no natural treatments for this disease, good or bad. If there were, malaria probably would not continue to be a major cause of illness and death. It's especially important to be treated appropriatly because some forms of malaria are resistant to commonly used drugs. You need medical care if you have it. ...Read more

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Why can't they spray to get rid of mosquitoes and prevent malaria?

Pick your poison: Spraying does indeed, prevent malaria- this is the reason why malaria is so rarely seen in the United States or canada these days. However, mosquito sprays don't just kill these bugs, they also affect the environment, leading to mutant amphibians and other wildlife, as well as the disruption of whole ecosystems. Importantly, just like bacteria, mosquitoes become eventually become resistant too. ...Read more

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What is the best drug for malaria pls?

What is the best drug for malaria pls?

Best Malaria Drug: The first question is for treatment or prevention or Malaria. If this question is about treatment, you need to seek qualified medical attention promptly. For prevention, Doxycycline, Malarone (atovaquone and proguanil) and Laruim are all considered drugs of choice. The first two taken daily and Laruim taken weekly, each for varying lengths of time. Recommend Googling "CDC Yellow Book Malaria" for in depth recommendations. ...Read more

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Do I need malaria tablets for travel to nairobi?

Probably: Much of sub-saharan Africa is at risk for malaria. If you are traveling outside of nairobi, preventive measures would be advisable. Check with the cdc at: http://wwwnc. Cdc. Gov/travel/destinations/kenya. Htm. ...Read more

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I have fever for the past 3 days. I feel fine during the day but it gets terrible during the night. I am worried is that malaria?

I have fever for the past 3 days. I feel fine during the day but it gets terrible during the night. I am worried is that malaria?

?: Malaria can give fevers daily or eod or even 4 days in between. Tb also causes nite sweats and others, both r easy 2 DX & treat early so u need 2 b cn & have a physical, a TB test unless u r already positive. Also blood drawn during a febrile episode can show the malaria spirocetes. Get evauated & tested. C ur pcp or an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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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

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Can malaria affect your genes so your children can inherit mental illness?

Can malaria affect your genes so your children can inherit mental illness?

No: Malaria is not associated with mental illness. Some mental health disorders have some genetic basis. However some people with mental health disorders have no other family members with mental health problems. Here is a website to explain more about mental health disorders:
nami- national alliance for mental illness
http://www. Nami. Org/template. Cfm? Section=by_illness. ...Read more

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Can malaria be prevented? Are there ways to prevent malaria?

Possible: If you are going to an endemic area, you can have your doctor prescribe prophylactic medication and start taking it before you go there, keep taking it while you are there and one week more after returning from there, you should wear long sleeves, mosquito repellent, use mosquito net over your bed when you go to sleep, avoid swampy area, standing waters (more info in cdc wedsite). ...Read more

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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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What is malaria?

What is malaria?

Parasitic Disease: Carried by a mosquito flying from dusk to dawn, malaria is one-cell parasite called plasmodium. Malaria is transmitted from person-to-person through the bite of the female mosquito, who needs blood for her eggs. The parasite races to the liver then reemerges later. 50% of the world is at risk, & causes almost a half billion illnesses, w/ one million deaths yearly. It kills every 30 seconds. ...Read more

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What is malaria?

Parasitc infection: It is a anopheles mosquito transmitted parasitic disease and there are 4 subtypes of the parasite with vivax and falciparum being the most common and falciparum being the major deadly of the lot. Present in large areas of the world endemically and sporadically almost anywhere in the world including a few cases in USA due to world travel. Many options to prevent and treat no vaccine. Bad disease! ...Read more

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Is malaria cureable?

Is malaria cureable?

Yes: If diagnosed correctly and treated with the right medications malaria is absolutely curable. Right drugs, right doses, right length of time. Treating for the various stages of parasites--all this must be taken into account but good care does that.
Please also note malaria is preventable for many in the first place. ...Read more