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Malaria is an infectious tropical disease spread by mosquitos.
Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes. Almost all tropical areas (Asia, Africa and India) have malaria-transmitting mosquitos.
Early symptoms of malaria include flu like characteristics. The disease has three distinct stages - a cold stage, a hot stage and a sweating stage.
Malaria is caused by a bite from the infected Anopheles mosquito, which injects the malaria parasites into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, they travel to the liver, where they multiply at a tremendous rate and begin to destroy red blood cells. This is what causes the symptoms of malaria.
There is one species of parasite which is fatal and it is highly resistant to anti-malaria drugs.
Others may lay dormant in your liver for years without making their presence known.
You will be given a blood test to determine if you have malaria.
Left untreated malaria can be fatal. Quick and appropriate conventional treatment, however, can result in a speedy and complete recovery.
Alternative therapies can treat the symptoms of malaria and help your body recover from conventional medications.
Herbal Therapies - Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum), sometimes called feverwort, was used by Native Americans and early American colonists to treat feverish illnesses, including malaria.
Homoeopathy - Remedies prescribed for malaria include Arsenicum album and Sulphur. Consult a Professional for dosages and length of treatment.
Immunisation is the best prevention of this disease especially if you are travelling anywhere in the tropics.