Malaria is a serious disease that is still common in many parts of the world. Due to increased travel to and out of some places, malaria has become more a serious threat. Today, we’ll cover a number of malaria’s common symptoms. We’ll also provide information on what you need to do when you recognize those symptoms.

There are certain people who are highly at risk for malaria. These people include seniors, young children, pregnant women, and people with HIV, AIDS, and other autoimmune diseases. Pregnant women who contract malaria are at risk of having a miscarriage, having a stillborn, or giving birth prematurely. To complicate matters even further, some of the drugs used to prevent malaria are also dangerous to pregnant women. By first talking to their doctor, though, pregnant women can avoid malaria once a safe medication is found and prescribed for them. It is highly recommended that pregnant women avoid traveling to places where there is malaria. Most people know that malaria is caused by mosquito bites, but the real cause are the parasites that are transmitted by the mosquitoes. These parasites are found in four types, each one causing a different sort of malaria. This is why, if you are going somewhere that has malaria you should know exactly which strain is there. This will help you know which sorts of medications you need to take before you go to that place. In some places, the malaria strains are resistant to certain medications. If you are going to take a longer trip that will send you through different countries that have threats of malaria, you are going to actually need to protect yourself against more than one kind of malaria. Unfortunately you are going to have to map all of this out before you actually take your journey because you will need to talk with your doctor before you travel so that you can take the right sorts of malaria prevention medications.

Infants and small children are particularly in danger if they contract 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. It’s important to mention that anti-malarial medications are dangerous if you exceed the recommended dosage. So be extra careful that the drugs are in childproof containers and stored someplace that a child cannot swallow them accidentally. Malaria needs immediate medical attention, more so when children are afflicted by it. Take your child to the doctor right away if he or she shows malaria symptoms. To conclude, malaria symptoms are not typically unique for the disease because they usually involve things like stomach discomfort, fever or the chills. Usually the only clue that you could have malaria is recent travels to places where malaria is common. Any time that this is true it is good to get a blood test to find out if you have contracted malaria.

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