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Doctor insights on: What Does It Mean To Test Positive For Malaria Antibody

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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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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 .?

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

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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. ?

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. ?

High fever: Your child needs a complete workup, including complete blood count, esr, CRP and blood cultures.If no source for the fever can be found see a rheumatologist or hematologist for further evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

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What does it mean to test positive to malaria parasite?

What does it mean to test positive to malaria parasite?

Malaria: This means that you have malaria, assuming the testing was the microscopic examination of blood smears and the parasites were seen in the red blood cells or extrinsic to them. ...Read more

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When a blood cultuce results comes back saying you have malaria +3, does that mean HIV positive as well?

When a blood cultuce results comes back saying you have malaria +3, does that mean HIV positive as well?

Not related: The test for malaria is where a thin film of blood is examined through a microscope after being stained and the number of red blood cells that are infected with the malaria parasite are counted. 3+ would mean a fairly high number. This test has no relation to an HIV test, which is entirely different. ...Read more

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Carry +ana 160 homo new low c3/4 comp & both lymphocyte test w/ other symptoms. Given meds to treat malaria and lupus. Does this mean I have lupus?

Carry +ana 160 homo new low c3/4 comp &  both lymphocyte test w/ other symptoms. Given meds to treat malaria and lupus. Does this mean I have lupus?

Very possible: With the limited information given the diagnosis of lupus is strongly suggested .This is base on a positive ANA low complement levels and low white blood cell count there are many other features to lupus it sounds like your were goven Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) which is very commonly used to treat mild lupus. Make sure to follow through with your rheumatologist and make sure you have a baseline eye exam. ...Read more

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What is used to test for malaria?

What is used to test for malaria?

The blood cells: The blood cells contain the parasite and a thick smear preparation is used to look for the parasite. ...Read more

Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more