Malaria is an extremely dangerous infection and, unfortunately, remains of great concern for people travelling abroad to certain areas of the world. An estimated 1,500 cases of malaria are reported in the UK from those who have returned from their travels, with a large number of these having travelled in an area known to be of high risk. In these cases, the vast majority of those afflicted with malaria either failed to correctly take their antimalarial medication or did not do so at all. Preventative medications are readily available, so there is really no reason to put yourself at risk of contracting this potentially fatal disease.
A range of the aforementioned preventative treatments are available to buy online at OnlineClinic. Taking a course of Doxycycline, Paludrine & Avloclor or Malarone will keep you protected from malaria while you enjoy your adventures abroad.
What is malaria?
Malaria is a form of tropical disease that can be fatal if appropriate treatment is not sought. The parasite that causes the disease systematically destroys your red blood cells as it multiplies to the point where it will affect your liver and even the brain. The malaria parasite, of which there are four varieties, is transferred by the female anopheles mosquito. The four types are plasmodium ovale, plasmodium vivax, plasmodium malariae and plasmodium falciparum. Plasmodium falciparum is considered to be the most dangerous type.
Where am I most at risk of malaria?
The anopheles mosquito, which spreads malaria, is found in climates that are tropical and hot. This is why high-risk areas are identified as North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean, South America and Central America.
What are the symptoms of malaria?
The first symptoms of malaria can take a considerable amount of time to appear, from as little as ten to 15 days to up to a year after initial infection. The length of time it takes symptoms to appear is usually affected by the type of malaria parasite that you have been infected with. If you return from travelling and notice symptoms such as high fever, headaches, nausea, sweats, a cough, general malaise and chills then you should contact your doctor immediately.
How dangerous is malaria?
Malaria is completely treatable, but serious problems can arise if the proper treatment is not sought. Health complications as a result of untreated malaria can include breathing problems, anaemia, liver failure, dehydration, kidney failure and cerebral malaria. Malaria can even cause death if it is not treated in time.
Is malaria preventable?
Though malaria is treatable, the best form of defence is to take adequate preventative measures before you travel. There are a number of antimalarial treatments to choose from, so there is really no reason for you to leave yourself unprotected. Common antimalarials include Malarone, Doxycycline and Paludrine & Avloclor. Any course of antimalarial treatment that you choose will need to begin before you leave for your trip, so make sure you plan in advance when you will need to take your first dose. Your choice of malaria treatment will depend on your destination, so you should make sure you discuss this with your doctor before selecting a treatment.
Is it possible to buy the treatments online?
Yes, OnlineClinic offers a choice of Malarone, Doxycycline and Paludrine & Avloclor as preventative malaria treatments. If you wish to order any of these treatments from us, you will need to complete an online consultation as they are all prescription medications. This is free but very important as we need to be sure that your chosen treatment will be safe for you, as well as effective. To begin your consultation, click on the link below.