What You Should Know About Malaria Symptoms

Posted on February 16, 2009 @ 2:03 am
by Leo Safari

To be able to say for certain about malaria symptoms, one needs to know that the time between initial infection and when the symptoms appear ( the incubation period) varies.

The normal incubation period is between 9 and 14 days. Nevertheless symptoms could appear in as little as 7 days or the body can host the virus for as long as between 18 to 40 days. On occasion the disease has been known to take even up to 10 months to manifest.

Causes for this delay.

Built up body immunity of a person and if they are in general good health can delay manifestation of the disease.

It is also possible to find that a person can be infected but is not showing any signs because they are taking preventive medication.

What is important to know is that especially at the onset, what are malaria symptoms may not follow a specific pattern and one should not strictly use the time factor as the basis for diagnosis. The infection could be present, showing little or no symptoms and yet continue to deteriorate because of staying unattended.

What to look out for.

— high fevers

— chills

— possible nausea and vomiting

— loss of appetite

— headache pains

— sweating

— loss of energy

— general tiredness

— dry coughs

— muscle and back pain

— An enlarged liver and spleen

As shown a malarial attack can be very subtle and because a fever is often an early sign, any fever should be evaluated without delay by a health- care provider.

Advanced malaria.

Serious malarial symptoms will be experienced if the disease degenerates because it is left unattended. These include:

— yellowing of the eyes

— convulsions

— shock and coma

— Liver failure and kidney failure

– a change in the mental state and the onset of cerebral malaria

So if you find you have any or some of these malaria symptoms, get an early diagnosis. Remember that malaria kills.

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