Frequently Asked Questions
What is Malaria?
Malaria is a serious disease that thrives mostly in tropical and subtropical countries. Symptoms usually develop in 10 days to 4 weeks after the initial contact with the infection. However, in some cases, the infection may be dormant for a long period (several months) before the symptoms manifest.
High fever, chills or shakes, excessive sweating are some of the common symptoms. A person may also experience vomiting, diarrhoea, and in some extreme cases, may put the patient in a coma.
What causes Malaria?
Malaria is passed on to humans when they are bitten by mosquitoes that carry the Plasmodium parasite which causes the infection. The parasite enters your bloodstream then penetrates and matures in the liver that infects your red blood cells. The parasite then multiplies and as the infected cells burst, the symptoms will appear.
There are four different kinds of malaria parasites. The severity of the symptoms depends on which one you have. You have the highest risk of fatality if it is the P.falciparum strain.
Malaria can also be transmitted through blood transfusion, organ transplants, and sharing needles as malaria affects the blood. It has, however, become a rarity nowadays because of strict modern screening processes.
How can I prevent Malaria?
Unfortunately, malaria prevention is not available in vaccine form as a preventive measure. When you are travelling to a foreign country where you are at risk of transmission, you will need to take tablets to avoid getting the disease. You can choose a tablet based on the efficacy, price, and probable side effects. You can find the best one for you on True Medical. You may also consult with our pharmacists and doctors to get the proper medication for your condition.
Aside from taking tablets, using insect repellents can be a good way of minimizing the risk. Wearing protective clothing that covers most of your skin can also be a good measure. The use of a mosquito net while sleeping can help protect you.
Before travelling, you should educate yourself on the various risks involved in going abroad. Take the necessary preventive vaccinations before you travel. When you feel that you have contracted a disease such as malaria, go to the nearest hospital for treatment.