Hello my question is how do I see malaria signs if i haven’t gone to check yet?
The key is to recognise whether you have any potential symptoms of malaria, or if you have been bitten a lot by mosquitoes recently and live in an area where malaria is present. Malaria can have many different symptoms, but the initial signs are similar to a flu-like illness, with high fever, chills, headache and muscle soreness or aches. A characteristic sign of malaria is cyclical fever, with peaks of severity every two or three days. Additionally, some people will experience nausea, coughing, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Because these symptoms are quite generic of a wide variety of illnesses, if you live in a malaria-endemic region, it is crucial to be tested when you develop such symptoms. If you have recently traveled to a malarial area and start to experience these signs of infection, similarly you should inform your doctor of your travel history, as otherwise they might not recognize your symptoms as potentially that of malaria.
If you live in a malarial area, you can always visit a clinic and see if they will do a test to screen you for malaria, even if you don’t have the above symptoms. People who live in malarial areas develop partial immunity to the disease, meaning that new infections do not always present themselves as acutely as when they were children, or in people who are being infected for the first time. As such, some people can have low levels of parasite in their blood and while they may feel tired or a bit under the weather, do not have specific symptoms. This is especially the case for the less severe and deadly forms of malaria, such as Plasmodium vivax, P. ovale and P. malariae, so if you live in an area where any of these three are present, it might be worth getting a malaria test even if you don’t have symptoms.
However, it is very important not to accept treatment unless you are confirmed as having a positive diagnosis for malaria; taking treatment without having the disease can lead to resistance to the medication, and you may also experience side effects, which, though usually mild, are still probably better to avoid!