A single mosquito bite can produce the typical symptoms of malaria.
These include: muscle aches, swelling of the legs, a fever of between 39 and 45 degrees Celsius, headache and nausea. If you have recently traveled abroad, you will also experience some of these and other possible symptoms, including: fatigue, chills, fever, exhaustion, swollen lymph nodes, vomiting and diarrhea. However, before going out in the open and getting yourself checked up, you should be aware of some of the following malaria symptoms.
If you are bitten by a mosquito carrying the Malaria parasite, the first of your malaria symptoms is often severe pain and a feeling of discomfort in the infected area. This discomfort can last for several hours and might become so bad that you will need to seek medical attention immediately. Some of the symptoms that can occur after you are bitten by a mosquito carrying the disease include: an intense itching sensation in the affected area, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face and eyes, and chest pain. Sometimes, the first symptoms may also include vomiting, dizziness, diarrhea and a loss of appetite. In severe cases, the affected person may even bleed profusely.
If you are bitten by a mosquito carrying the malaria parasite, you should consult your local health department for treatment.
You will probably need to stay in a room with a mosquito barrier if the mosquito bites are particularly serious or if you have any history of allergic reactions to mosquitoes. If you notice redness and swelling in the area where you were bitten, it is highly recommended that you seek immediate medical attention. It may also be necessary to get treated for malaria if you have not had any prior malaria exposure in the past.
If you have had contact with a mosquito carrying the malaria parasite, some people will experience mild to severe headache, vomiting, fever, vomiting and diarrhea over time. This can be followed by chills, sweating, sore throat and even headache and chest pain. Although malaria is not fatal, the infection can be quite painful and the symptoms will persist for several days or weeks. At times, the body will produce more than enough saliva to eliminate the parasites.
The duration and severity of the symptoms will vary from one person to the next. If you have never been exposed to malaria before, there is a good chance that you will experience some or all of the symptoms.
Even if you have had an encounter with the disease, there are still possibilities that you may not develop any of them or experience some symptoms at all. If you have had a recent exposure to the parasite, you may experience symptoms within a few hours of being bitten. Even if you have never had malaria, you should seek medical attention right away, as the parasites continue to multiply in your blood.
For children, the symptoms are much less likely to last for longer periods of time because they are usually immune to the parasites. It is recommended that adults consult their doctor about symptoms and see if they can treat them. If left untreated, the disease can progress and result in death if not treated. In children, symptoms usually appear between six and eight weeks after exposure to the parasites.
It is important to note that when you have been exposed to the malaria parasite, there is no cure available for you to avoid the symptoms. Although you can prevent the disease from spreading by using insecticides, there is no medication that can protect you from developing symptoms.
If you are exposed to the parasite, there is no cure, only preventative measures that can lessen the risk of developing the disease in the future. Some of these measures are: using mosquito repellents, wearing a mosquito barrier during swimming, avoiding direct contact with mosquitoes and other insects that carry the parasite, using air-conditioning and fans during hot weather, limiting contact with water sources contaminated with mosquitoes, and keeping children away from pools with stagnant water. If you have never had malaria, your doctor will probably recommend that you take preventive measures such as wearing protective clothing while swimming or avoiding the use of mosquito repellents.
Many parents will assume that the symptoms that occur in a child are caused by some illness other than malaria. While this can happen, it is actually much more likely that a child is simply experiencing minor skin irritation or allergic reactions to the insecticide that was used to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. In most cases, these reactions clear up on their own without medical intervention. If you suspect that your child may have malaria, contact your doctor immediately. If left untreated, the disease can progress and result in serious illness or even death.