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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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How does malaria affect the body?

How does malaria affect the body?

Malaria Symptoms: may include headache, fever, shivering, sweating, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dry cough, muscle/joint/back pain & enlarged spleen. There is a cyclic pattern of being very cold & shivering followed by feeling very hot and sweating. Additionally one can develop jaundice, blood in urine, anemia, eye problems (nystagmus, problems with eye movements), seizures & coma. ...Read more

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How long malaria can proceed in the body?

How long malaria can proceed in the body?

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 more

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What happens to your body when you get malaria?

What happens to your body when you get malaria?

Depends on kind of: malaria you get, your baseline health etc. Malaria symptoms may include: headache, fever, shivering, sweating, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, dry cough, muscle/joint/back pain & enlarged spleen. There is a cyclic pattern of being very cold & shivering followed by feeling very hot and sweating. Additionally one can develop jaundice, blood in urine, anemia, and eye problems. ...Read more

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Could someone get malaria 60 years after they first got it?

Malaria recurrence: It's possible that one type of malaria could 'come back' years later - that's Plasmodium malariae or P. malariae. There are cases of (veterans usually) who've gone overseas - got sick with malaria, then recovered, then YEARS later have it come back -- usually when some event occurs like a bad pneumonia. That's because this form of malaria can 'hide' in the liver. If in doubt see an ID doc. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract malaria 60 years after you first got it?

Malaria: There are different malaria parasites, so an infection 60 years ago with one type may cause malaria, and a separate episode years later can be caused by a different type on a separate mosquito bite but still classified as malaria. If you mean the infection 60 years ago relapsing again now, not likely. ...Read more

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How does malaria infect the body?

How does malaria infect the body?

Mosquito bites: A mosquito bites an infected person. The organism evolves in the mosquito. It then bites another person and the parasites get into their blood stream where they spread to the liver, evolve further and reproduce to be released into the blood intermittantly causing disease. This new person can now be bitten by another mosquito to continue the cycle. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the body defends itself against malaria?

Can you tell me how the body defends itself against malaria?

Body fights malaria: Certainly our immune systems are very advanced -& will do everything to 'fight' against a serious infection like malaria. The immune system actually has many 'layers' to it and in an malarial infection many of those are activated. Fever is one-turning up the heat makes it harder for the parasites. Then there is the complement system, cellular immunity: B-cells & T-cells, plus immune organs -spleen ...Read more

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Just took lonart ds a malaria drug i woke up at night feeling very cold and having body and waist pain what's the remedy for this?

Just took lonart ds a malaria drug i woke up at night feeling very cold and having body and  waist pain what's the remedy for this?

What's your problem?: I am not sure what is to be treated. Do you have malaria that you took lonart? If you do, then your symptoms may very well be within the malaria symptom range and having taken one dose of lonart may not be enough to treat those. Keep on taking for as long as the doc prescribed and hopefully this is the right drug to work on malaria if that's what you're having. ...Read more

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