I am working in Tanzania. I felt sick about 10 days ago and I went for a test for malaria and the test was positive. The doctor gave me some pills and said I must come back in one week for a test again. I went back and it was negative but now I don’t feel too good. Is it possible for the malaria to come back after 10 days?
It is unlikely that the malaria has come back, and if your malaria test is negative, then you probably don’t have malaria any more, and you can be confident the treatment worked. It sometimes takes a few days or even a couple of weeks to fully recover from the infection, since it takes quite a toll on the body’s immune system. Also, the medication you take to treat malaria can also have side effects, such as nausea and headaches, which actually seem similar to the symptoms of malaria itself.