Malaria Treatment

is malaria treatable? can it be prevented? find out!

Is Malaria Treatable?

Malaria can be categorized as a severe or non severe disease depending on how fast you act. In general, malaria is curable if treated properly.

How Is Malaria Treated?

Malaria can be treated by drugs called antimalarials. However, if you contract the disease while already taking an antimalarial, you cannot take the same medicine to cure it because the parasite may already be resistant to it.

What Are The Specific Medicines To Cure Malaria?

the most common antimalarial drugs are:

    • Chloroquine (Aralen)
    • Quinine sulfate (Qualaquin)
    • Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil)
    • Mefloquine.
    • Combination of atovaquone and proguanil (Malarone)

Is There A Vaccine To Prevent Malaria?

Malaria vaccines have tried to be developed but there are many barriers. Some of these barriers include the lack of a traditional market, few developers, and the technical complexity of developing any vaccine against a parasite. Malaria parasites have a long and complex life style. They are also genetically complex, and produce thousands of potential antigens. Unlike other vaccines, exposure to malaria parasites doesn't guarantee life long protection. Acquired immunity only protects you PARTIALLY against future disease, and you could have Malaria for months before seeing symptoms.

antigens: a toxin or other foreign substance that induces an immune response in the body

acquired: buy or obtain (an object or asset) for oneself.

Can You Prevent Malaria?

Although there is no vaccination against Malaria, you can still prevent Malaria using the ABCD method.

  • Awareness of risk – find out whether you're at risk of getting malaria
  • Bite prevention – avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellent, covering your arms and legs, and using a mosquito net
  • Check whether you need to take malaria prevention tablets – if you do, make sure you take the right antimalarial tablets at the right dose, and finish the course
  • Diagnosis – seek immediate medical advice if you have malaria symptoms, including up to a year after you return from traveling

Can Anyone Be Treated For Malaria?

treatment for malaria depends on many different things:

  • the type of parasite (species)

  • the area where the infection was acquired

  • the infections drug-resistance status

  • clinical status of the patient (what kind of health they are in)

  • any additional illness or condition

  • pregnancy

  • any drug allergies or medications taken by patient

What Is The Objective Of Treatment?

the objective of treatment is to ensure a rapid and complete elimination of the Plasmodium parasite (the parasite that causes Malaria)
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*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 Oct. 2015. Web. 9 Dec. 2015.

*"Malaria." World Health Organization. Web. 9 Dec. 2015.