Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Symptoms of Malaria

Symptoms of Malaria

Malaria is a very serious type of illness that you need to seek immediate medical attention for. The parasites that are transmitted to your body will attack your liver and your red blood cells. They will also continue to increase in number and you will become very ill. Without medical treatment, most individuals with Malaria will die. Getting the right diagnosis can be hard though as many individuals initially think they only have the flu.

It is very common for a person to experience symptoms of Malaria including a headache, fever, and vomiting. Some individuals will also become very achy and even experience periods of time where they are chilly. Extreme fatigue and a desire to sleep for hours at a time are also very common symptoms of Malaria. A person has to be very careful as they can become dehydrated if they also have diarrhea. This is very serious and should be evaluated by a doctor immediately.

As the parasites continue to increase in number and the liver and red blood cells are affected, more severe symptoms will occur. These should definitely indicate to a person that what is going on is much more than just the common flu virus. A person may start to hallucinate due to the high fever they have with Malaria. The skin may develop a yellowish tint to it due to jaundice setting in. This is a sign that the liver is in deed in distress.

Some individuals start to see blood in their urine and stools when they have Malaria. Other people seem to be off balance due to their central nervous system being affected. Some individuals will also have seizures or even fall into a coma due to their Malaria spreading so rapidly throughout their body.

One of the many reasons why individuals don’t readily associate their symptoms of illness with Malaria is that it can take several weeks for the illness to occur. For many people, getting bitten by mosquitoes is very common and not something they would think to report to their doctor. However, it is important to share that information because it can result in you getting the right diagnosis and the right treatment for your Malaria.

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