Malaria is a parasitic disease spread through the bites of different types of infected mosquitoes, as well as contaminated needles and blood transfusions. It’s a disease that is most common in tropical countries and affects nearly 290 million people each year. It can be a life-threatening disease and it’s important to learn about what symptoms malaria causes, what individuals are at greater risk, and how it can be prevented if you’re traveling to places where the disease is most prevalent.
Malaria symptoms can vary from mild to dangerous. They typically begin within a few weeks of being bitten and, if the disease is left untreated, it can progress to severe illness and death within 24 hours. Early symptoms include fever, chills, headaches, fatigue, and confusion. However, more severe symptoms consist of:
- Impaired consciousness
- Difficulty Breathing
- Bloody urine
- Abnormal bleeding
- Malaria attacks, which include high fever and sweating
- Difficulty breathing
People at higher risk of infection and contracting the more severe symptoms include infants and children under 5 years old, pregnant women, older adults, unvaccinated travelers, and people with HIV/AIDS. Luckily, there are preventive measures you can approach to avoid mosquito bites in places where malaria is more common, which include:
- Getting vaccinated against malaria
- Covering your skin with protective clothing
- Applying insect repellent to skin and clothing, especially after dusk
- Utilizing mosquito nets when sleeping
- Using window screens, vaporizers, and other insecticides
Additionally, the best step you can always take is to consult with a physician about any strategies to help protect you from the illness, especially if you are traveling to malaria endemic areas. Preventing and treating malaria early can be the difference between life and death.
Fortunately, at Central Florida Total Healthcare we specialize in preventive medicine, and we are equipped to help you combat malaria, learn more about the infection, and protect you and your loved ones from it. We strive to support you to improve your wellbeing with a bilingual staff and state of-the-art care, ensuring you stay protected and in control of your health. You can learn more about us and how to combat malaria by visiting our website at www.cftotalhealthcare.com or contacting us at 407-392-1919 to schedule a consultation with us.