Symptoms Of Malaria You Should Be Aware Of

by on Jun.30, 2013, under Journal

Malaria is a serious disease and it’s critical to be able to recognize its symptoms. As with any disease, malaria is best treated at the earliest stage, so if you know what to look out for in terms of the symptoms, you can get the medical help you need right away. Malaria can be a tricky disease with many symptoms, and in this article we’ll be looking at some of these and what you can do to protect yourself.

Most people know about malaria and a few of its symptoms. However, the disease is still largely misunderstood. One thing you should know about malaria is that it’s not a contagious disease. You won’t get malaria from someone who has it; you can only get it from mosquitoes. Thus, if malaria symptoms are exhibited by someone around you, know that you won’t get the disease from that person. Nonetheless, you need to be careful about the mosquitoes, as they’re likely to be close by.

The most common symptoms of malaria are flu like symptoms like fevers, chills and achy muscles. Beyond this, there is also coughing, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. All of these symptoms, obviously, are common to all sorts of different diseases or infections. With malaria, the symptoms tend to come in cycles. As soon as any of these symptoms shows up you need to see a doctor just so you can rule out malaria. You should not feel better about the fact that the first set of symptoms usually clears up on its own. If the disease gets a chance to further progress you could develop jaundice, the yellowing of your skin and of the whites of your eyes, which is usually indicative of liver damage.

Babies and small children are highly susceptible to malaria. So if you will be going to an area where malaria is present and you’re children will be traveling with you, make sure that they’re given anti-malarial drugs. These will usually be the same medications given to adults, though in smaller doses. Also keep in mind that the medications given to prevent malaria can be dangerous if the recommended dosage is exceeded. These drugs, needless to say, should be in child-proof containers and kept where they can’t be reached by small children. Malaria can be serious even for adults, but it’s even riskier for young children. Don’t think twice about taking your child to the doctor if he or she is showing symptoms of the disease.

Malaria is one of those stubborn diseases that health experts have been trying to get rid of for a long time. Third world countries are where malaria is particularly rampant, and it is because of this state of poverty that malaria is difficult to eradicate. Any person who travels to a region or country where there is malaria could contract the disease. This is the reason it’s critical to become familiar with its symptoms.

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