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Malaria: Symptoms and Precautions You Must Know

It has no vaccine. It can be life threatening. Nearly half the world and 1 in 7 Indians are at risk of contracting it. This dangerous protozoa fever is nothing else but malaria.  With the monsoon’s warmth and humidity in the air, it’s that time of the year when the malaria mosquito or the Anopheles mosquito is the most active. Continue reading to know what symptoms you shouldn’t ignore and the steps you can take to safeguard yourself from this malady.

Malaria is caused by Plasmodium protozoa which entre one’s body after being bitten by a female Anopheles mosquito. The male mosquitoes only feed on plant nectar while the females feed on human blood to nurture their eggs.  The symptoms of malaria appear after 10 to 15 days after the infected bite. The earlier the detection, the less fatal malaria proves to be; so keep a lookout for the following symptoms:

  • It starts with uncontrollable shivering and chills or feeling cold.
  • After experiencing the chills for about 2 hours the body is inflicted with high fever. This condition lasts for 3 to 6 hours.
  • The fever then subsides rapidly leading to profuse sweating.
  • This cycle of chills-fever-sweat reoccurs every 2-3 days.
  • Headache, nausea and muscle pain are some other symptoms that accompany the above mentioned signs.

Malaria is curable. If you experience the aforesaid symptoms visit the doctor immediately. A delay in its treatment can aggravate the symptoms and can lead to severe anaemia as the spleen (the organ that produces and detoxifies the blood) gets damaged by the protozoa.  Out of all the four types of Plasmodium protozoa, the P. falciparum is the most fatal one. It accounts for half of all the malaria cases in the world and 95% of deaths. Here’s the reason why. This strain of protozoa thickens the blood, which means reduced circulation of oxygen throughout the body. Such a condition can lead to cerebral malaria (damages the brain functions), kidney failure, liver failure, coma and even death if not treated right away.

The most vulnerable victims of malaria are children under 5 years, pregnant women and people who have low immunity. Here are some precautions you should take this monsoon to keep yourself and your family safe:

  • Use mosquito repellent nets, coils, spays, and creams to shoo away and kill the malaria bugs.
  • Keeps lawns mowed and bushes trimmed.
  • Avoid water stagnation. Fill water puddles near your area with insecticides or petrol or sand as these flying insects breed only in cool, dark and moist conditions.
  • Be more vigilant while sleeping as the Anopheles mosquito is more active during the night since it’s the time when it’s thermal and odour senses are at its peak.
  • Avoid crowed areas after dark. The more the people, the more the presence of carbon dioxide in the air and more the chances of being attacked by mosquitoes because carbon dioxide attracts mosquitoes.
  • Avoid consumption of beer. The aroma of beer exuded from the body too attracts mosquitoes.
  • Boost your immunity to resist the germs better. Consume a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, vitamin C rich foods, zinc rich foods, yoghurt, turmeric milk and a lot of water.

These suggestions will definitely help keep malaria at bay but if you experience any malaria symptoms, consult your doctor and visit a diagnostic centre such as Apollo Diagnostics and get tested immediately. The pathological technicians at Apollo Diagnostics will be able to diagnose your condition accurately using their expertise, experience, and state-of- the-art technology. Apollo Diagnostics even provides a free home collection service for your ease and convenience.

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Patient Testimonials

“Finding the best place for a diagnostic test is as important as consulting the best doctor. The Apollo name was what guided me to Apollo Diagnostics and I am indeed glad that I came here. From attending us on time to sample collection, everything flowed so smoothly. I was particularly impressed by the hygiene. It was definitely a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the good work!”

Mrs. Ferha Jabeen, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I Have heard a lot of good things about Apollo Diagnostics from our family physician as well as from relatives and friends. So then next time I needed a diagnostic centre, I visited Apollo Diagnostics and I was really glad I did. For one, I didn’t have to wait. The technician was extremely good, and the place was really clean. It was certainly a value for money experience. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Ms. T. Jaya, Nakkalagutta, Hanmakonda

“I must say Apollo Diagnostics places a great value on time and patient comfort! I am a fan of their home collection service which is not only on time and technically sound, but the hygiene and cordiality of the visiting technician is also commendable. Hats off! I’ll continue to recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Mr. B. Pochaiah, Mallikarjuna Nagar Colony, Old Bowenpally, Secunderabad

“I have always had a great experience with Apollo Diagnostics. The calls are unfailingly answered. The scheduled appointment is kept to the minute. The phlebotomist is well-trained in both technique and putting the patient at ease. Apollo Diagnostics undoubtedly delivers value for money. They will always be my top option for all the diagnostic needs of my family.”

Mr. Prasanta Kumar Jena, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“I came to know about Apollo Diagnostics from my relatives and friends. So, when I required a check up to be done, I thought about trying their service once. From sticking to the appointed time to accuracy of technique, it was really a great experience overall. Hygiene of the technician and the centre as well, was also quite admirable. I certainly felt it delivers value for money service. From now on, I’ll always visit Apollo Diagnostics for all my checkups.”

Mr. Venkateshwar Rao, Hanmakonda

“I was looking for a good diagnostic centre to get some checkups done. I was confused as there are so many of them all over the city. Some of my friends recommended Apollo Diagnostics as the best one. I’ll always remain thankful to them. The technician at Apollo Diagnostics was not only punctual but his competency was certainly praiseworthy. I never felt any discomfort as he was so confident and compassionate. Great job Apollo Diagnostics!”

Mr. T Radhakishan Rao, Hanmakonda

“My experience with Apollo Diagnostics has been consistently good. Securing the appointment was very easy and the schedule was maintained to the dot. The behaviour of the technician was pleasant and he was well–versed with his job. The place was noticeably clean and I did not face any discomfort during the process. The reports were delivered as promised and surprisingly, the service was pretty affordable. I would recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my circle without any hesitation!”

Mr. Arif Ameer, JP Nagar, Bengaluru

“Apollo Diagnostics came highly recommended by my friends. I was particularly impressed by their cordiality, time management and process competence. Another must mention is the hygiene factor that is impeccable. Given the quality delivered, this is certainly a value for money experience. Thanks a lot Apollo Diagnostics…keep up the great work!”

Ms. A.Madhavi, Warangal

“Our family physician strictly instructed me to get the checkup done at Apollo Diagnostics. I am glad I respected his opinion. I was attended to as soon as I went in. The technician was a true expert at his job and made it a painless experience for me. I also observed that the centre was spotless and all the staff members were particular about maintaining hygiene. Apollo Diagnostics certainly delivers value for money. I’ll always recommend Apollo Diagnostics to my family and friends.”

Ms. Vimala, Hanmakonda

“My Apollo Diagnostics experience has thus far been truly amazing. Besides unfailingly maintaining the schedule – be it sample taking or report delivery, their sense of cleanliness is also tops. The technicians are well-trained and do their job with diligence and in a friendly manner that puts patients at ease at once. Apollo Diagnostics is setting a very high standard indeed! Now that’s what I call a fine job!”

Ms. G. Jyothi, Warangal