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?
Symptoms of malaria often include high fever, aches, chills, nausea, and headache. When severe, malaria can lead to anemia, impaired consciousness and even coma or death. The best course of action is to get a simple blood test to check if you have malaria, because if you do have it, early treatment with the appropriate drug (for the type of malaria you have), is essential.
You should also know how to prevent getting malaria. The first thing to do is to make sure you are protecting yourself sufficiently from mosquito bites. You can’t get malaria if you aren’t bitten by mosquitoes, and the type of mosquitoes that transmit malaria usually bite at night. As such, it is crucial to sleep every night under a long-lasting insecticide treated bednet. If you have one, it might need to be re-dipped in insecticide to make sure it keeps working effectively. Also, you should make sure all your windows and doors are properly screened to prevent mosquitoes from coming in; many people also do something called “indoor residual spraying” where they spray insecticide on the walls inside their house to kill any mosquitoes which might come in. If you live in an urban area, this might not be necessary if you can get good screens, or indeed if you have air conditioning (mosquitoes do not like cooler environments). Finally, you should try to wear long-sleeved clothing in the evenings and at night, again to stop mosquitoes from biting.
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