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Malaria Treatment

Symptoms of Malaria

Proper malaria treatment is possible using herbs as long as you know what type you have. Malaria is a very contagious parasitic infection that is common in tropical and subtropical regions. Some strains can remain dormant in the system for months or years after the initial exposure. There are three types of malaria: Tertian Fever, Quartan Fever and Malignant Fever. In Tertian Fever, the attacks happen on alternate days. With Quartan Fever, the attack of fever happens after an interval of two days, for example, first fever will occur on the first day, then again on the 4th day, then the 7th, and so on. Malignant Tertian is a very severe type that is the most alarming.

Symptoms

Symptoms may include fever, headache, fatigue, muscle aches, shaking chills, nausea and vomiting. The symptoms may come and go. Symptoms appear seven to nine days after being bitten.

Causes

Malaria is caused by a protozoan that infests the body known as Plasmodium. This protozoan lives within the red blood cells. These protozoa are transmitted from person to person by the Anopheles mosquito, which is native to tropical and subtropical regions. There are four Plasmodium protozoan species that are responsible for causing malaria. When an infected mosquito bites a person, the parasite enters the bloodstream and travels to the liver. Once there, it grows and multiplies. While the parasite is in the liver there are no visible symptoms. The parasites multiply quickly, resulting in destruction of red blood cells. With this knowledge it is possible to choose herbal malaria treatment that can fight this disease successfully.

Cautions

Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Treatment should be started within the first 24 hours after the first symptom manifests. While Tertian and Quartan Fevers can be treated at home, Malignant Tertian must be treated in a hospital. Complications of malaria include anemia, dysentery and kidney failure.

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