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Malaria Antigen Detection Tests
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
Whats the cause of fever and chills during antibiotic treatment when viral and malaria are ruled out and anti fungal medicine is also being given .?
FUO: Fuo, or fever of unknown origin, can have a large variety of causes. Classically it was due to infections that didn't respond to usual antibiotics, like tuberculosis or malaria, but it also includes things like autoimmune diseases and malignancy. It is difficult to "rule out" viral illness as a cause, as well. You need an infectious disease specialist to take a detailed history and exam. ...Read more
My son 15 months old has high fever for last 8 days continuous. Managed with pcm and antibiotics. No malaria, dengue, typhoid. Has cough too. ?
Positive malaria test finished coartem (artemether and lumefantrine) regime still feel weak and feverish...Do I take second dose?
No: See your doctor as soon as possible and get retested. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me in diagnosing malaria, if the first blood test is negative, what chances are there that the person has the disease?
Pretty good: The level of parasites in the blood may be quite low at first. The familiar microscopic study with a giemsa stain is difficult and requires a lot of experience and skill. If there's a high index of suspicion, a person might be treated empirically, or it may be wiser to watch and test again if the disease becomes worse or really looks like malaria. ...Read more
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