Diagnosing Malaria

QUESTION My sister had fever before 2 weeks, she take tablets, and then she is fine. Then after three days she had a urine infection, take blood test and also urine test, the test result shows malaria is negative. Now she has fever. Take blood test, malaria is negative. Can she be affected by malaria or just urine infection? ANSWER Since your sister had two blood tests for malaria and … [Read more...]

Effects of Malaria

QUESTION what are effects of malaria? ANSWER If a person becomes infected with malaria, they may start to experience the symptoms of the disease. These include high fever, aches, chills, nausea, headache, and sometimes more severe manifestations, such as severe anemia, impaired consciousness and even coma or death. These latter severe effects are more commonly associated with¬†Plasmodium … [Read more...]

Malaria or Flu?

QUESTION For the last couple of days I am suffering from all the symptoms that are mentioned on your website and I am taking tylenol for these symptoms thinking that it is flu but I am feeling better now. Should I still see a doctor or keep taking tylenol? ANSWER If you are no longer experiencing high fever, then it is likely just flu. However if you live in a malarial area and your … [Read more...]

Malaria Symptoms

QUESTION What are the symptoms of Malaria? ANSWER Symptoms of malaria include fever and flu-like illness, including shaking chills, headache, muscle aches, and tiredness. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur. Malaria may cause anemia and jaundice (yellow coloring of the skin and eyes) because of the loss of red blood cells. Symptoms usually appear between 10 and 15 days after the … [Read more...]

Malaria and Nausea

QUESTION Can malaria cause vomiting when a smell of petrol is inhaled? ANSWER One of the symptoms of malaria is nausea, and vomiting can also occur, but it would not necessarily be linked to certain smells. The most characteristic symptom malaria is a high fever, often also accompanied by periods of chills. See more malaria symptoms here. … [Read more...]

Malaria Fever and Recovery

QUESTION My 21 year old daughter spent 4 months on a study abroad program in Dakar. A week before returning home she started having night fevers and would complain of retrosternal pain and rib and neck and shoulder pain. The next day she would be fine. The episodes came every other day and eventually it occurred to her that it might be malaria. It was evening so she went to a pharmacy for a … [Read more...]

Malaria and Weight Loss

QUESTION Can malaria make you lose weight? Can malaria cause itching in the body. ANSWER Since malaria is often associated with extreme nausea and high fever, this can often cause people to lose their appetite and not eat properly while they are experiencing infection, leading to weight loss. However malaria is usually quite an acute infection, lasting a few days to at most a few … [Read more...]

Malaria Effect on Host

QUESTION What is the effect of malaria on host? ANSWER In the human host, malaria can often make a person very sick, though the exact symptoms and severity of the disease depends on the type of malaria (five different kinds of malaria infect humans). Many people will have a high fever, chills, nausea and body aches. In a symptom very typical of malaria, a patient will experience cyclical … [Read more...]

Malaria or Not?

QUESTION I went to Luanda, Angola and Port Hartcourt, Nigeria, Onne, Nigeria and Warri, Nigeria a few times. I suffer with voice problems, muscle control on my right side and some joint pains that have not been explained by my doctors. I have been to doctors in Houston, Tx., New Orleans, La., New Iberia, La. and Franklin, La. and they all say the same thing. They don't know what's wrong … [Read more...]

Vaccine for malaria? Differences with yellow fever?

QUESTION Is there a vaccine to prevent malaria? What is the difference between yellow fever and malaria? ANSWER In answer to your first question, no, there is not currently a vaccine available to prevent malaria. The best current candidate, the RTS,S vaccine which was developed by GlaxoSmithKline, is currently undergoing Phase III clinical trials in Africa. Although preliminary results … [Read more...]