Malaria Symptoms

Every person is aware of malaria disease. It is very common in tropics. This disease is transmitted when an infected mosquito bites a person. Depending on the kind of parasite the symptoms of malaria tend to grow.

For example, if any person has been infected due to Plasmodium falciparum then the initial symptoms are visible after 9-14 days. In case of Plasmodium ovale or Plasmodium vivax the symptoms are visible after 12-18 days and in Plasmodium malariae the initial symptoms are seen in 18-40 days.

Some of the most common malaria symptoms include chills, fever, sweats, headaches, vomiting, nausea and fatigue. However, the weak immunity system of our body causes any disease. Due to this the body is not able to fight against the infections and viruses and hence causes diseases. Those people who live in slum areas generally develop semi-immunity to malaria and so they show either no or very less symptoms of malaria.

Depending on the kind of parasite, the malaria symptoms come in a cycle and stay for different span of time. This is true for malaria causing parasite in its initial stages of cycle. So, if the malaria symptoms are visible in a cyclic way then you can easily predict that that person is suffering from malaria. Some of the malaria symptoms are very common and same as bacterial, parasitic and viral infections.

Some of the other symptoms of this disease include enlarged spleen, dry cough and muscle pain. Malaria can also cause some severe problems related to spinal cord and brain in rare cases. It might also result in loss of consciousness and lead to seizures.

Malaria is typically caused when a female mosquito bites and this parasite microbe is transmitted form the mosquito to blood through a hypoderme needle like sting. So, you should always take certain precautions when traveling in the areas where such kind of mosquitoes is found. Malaria also occurs due to the transfusion of the infected blood.

Now let us see some of the other symptoms of Malaria:

  • Jaundice
  • Sequential chills, sweating and fever
  • Bloody stools
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Anemia

Amongst all of the malarial infections, the infection caused by Plasmodium falciparum is considered as the most dangerous. So, it should be treated properly otherwise it can be fatal.

Hence, it is better to go and visit a doctor if you feel any of the above discussed symptoms. A disease can be cured more easily at an early stage. Do not neglect any of the symptoms if they occur frequently as it might lead to some serious problem. Also precaution is better than cure. So maintain cleanliness in your houses and kitchens. This would prevent any mosquitoes to enter in the house.

Also, it is not necessary that if you feel any of the above symptoms then it is of malaria, the symptoms can also be due to some other problems. So, only a doctor can determine and guide you in a better way.

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