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Which Malaria Prophylaxis Is Recommended When Traveling To East Africa
Several choices: Malaria is a parasite which is spread by the bite of a mosquito. Prevention of mosquito bites is essential in preventing malaria. In addition, travelers to eastern africa should take preventative medication. It is best to get advice from your travel medicine specialist as each medication (atovaquone/proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine) has benefits and side effects. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
How can I obtain malaria prophylaxis as soon as possible? I am traveling to a malaria-affected part of the world.
Doctor: You need to see a doctor or go to the health department to get a prescription. ...Read more
More than Likely: Malaria medication & insect repellent, secure window screens, possible bed netting for malaria risk year round throughout country including cities of delhi and bombay), except altitudes > 6561 ft in himachal, jammu, kashmir, pradesh, or sikkim. Most malaria cases reported from forested madhya pradesh, maharashtra, orissa, gujarat, rajasthan, bihar, & karnataka. Also risks of dengue, chikungunya. ...Read more
What is the ideal prophylaxis for plasmodium falciparum malaria at the hilly areas of eastern belt of bangladesh especially chittogang hill tracts?
I am on 150mg daily lamictal. About to add five week course of 100mg daily doxycycline for malaria prophylaxis. Safe combination?
Depends on area: Mosquitoes can survive in winter and do bite. In india malaria risk is small in the north and south, where most touristic areas are. Risk is higher in central part and the eastern part, including goa calcutta and assam. Mosquito repellents are essential everywhere because there are other diseases than malaria. Malaria prophylaxis is advisable in the areas i mentioned. ...Read more
What are the s.e of using doxycycline & amoxcyciline ? Doc says I have to use amoxcy for skin infection &I'm on doxcy for malaria prophlaxis
Unusual combination: Amoxicillin usually isn't the best antibiotic for skin infections. The main skin infection bacteria often is staph, which doesn't repond to amoxicillin -- but might respond to doxycline. Maybe all you really need is to temporarily increase the dose of doxy; or to add a drug active against staph, like sulfa-trimethoprim, Augmentin, or clindamycin. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
On Doxycycline for malaria prophlaxis. Doc asked to take amoxyciline for skin infection.
Is it OK to stop doxy while I'm on amoxy only 5days?
Go back to dr.: Do not stop doxycycline if you are still at risk for malaria (ie still in malarious area, or returned within last 4 wks). Amoxicillin is not compatible with doxy, your doc should prescribe a different antibiotic. Be sure to inform him that you are currently taking doxy. Amoxicillin will not kill malaria parasites in the blood. ...Read more
Malaria in Africa: Where you travel to in africa does make a difference. Mosquito species vary by region and local resistance patterns influence choice. There are many potential options for prevention. Visit the website of the cdc to investigate. Here is a url that may be helpful: http://www.Cdc.Gov/malaria/travelers/index.Html. ...Read more