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Which malaria prophylaxis is recommended when traveling to east africa?

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 more

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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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Malaria prophylaxis needed for india trip in winter?

Malaria prophylaxis needed for india trip in winter?

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

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Is it safe for a two year old child to use prophylaxis malaria pills?

Depends.: There are areas where it is certainly safer to prophylax than risk getting malaria. ...Read more

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I am on 150mg daily lamictal. About to add five week course of 100mg daily doxycycline for malaria prophylaxis. Safe combination?

I am on 150mg daily lamictal. About to add five week course of 100mg daily doxycycline for malaria prophylaxis. Safe combination?

Good ? for pharmacis: This is a difficult question to answer online. Highly recommend taking a few minutes to go to your nearest pharmacy and ask pharmacist to provide advice re drug interactions. They have access to numerous databases! ...Read more

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Do mosquitoes usually bite during winter in india? Do i need malariz prophylaxis in jan?

Do mosquitoes usually bite during winter in india? Do i need malariz prophylaxis in jan?

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

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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

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, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) or clindamycin. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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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

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Please answer! what malaria tablets do I need when traveling to africa?

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

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