Malaria disease is a mosquito borne blood disease that is life threatening. It’s widespread in tropical as well as sub tropical regions. It affects millions of people, causing death in thousands. Moreover, most of these deaths are in children below 15 years. So to help you stay protected, we have gathered together some valuable malaria facts on the causes, prevention, and treatment.
What Causes Malaria?
How do you get malaria? Well, the bite from infected Anopheles mosquito transfers the parasites to the victim’s blood. These parasites make their way to the liver, where they grow and multiply. Then, they infect and destroy red blood cells. Although malaria disease is not contagious, it can be transmitted through organ transplants, transfusion, and needles. It can sometimes be passed on to an infant through the infected mother.
It usually takes a week or two before the symptoms show up. This is the time when the malaria parasites are growing in the liver. Signs to watch out for are:
- Chills and fever
- Vomiting and nausea
- Body aches and weakness
- Respiratory issues or heavy breathing
- Severe anemia
- Seizures, abnormal behaviour or impaired consciousness
- Spleen, liver or kidney failure
- Swollen blood vessels in the brain
- Low sugar
- Low blood pressure
Malaria Prevention: Things You Can Do
1. Proper Clothing Protects From The Malaria Parasite.
Ensure that no part of your body is exposed to mosquito bites, especially in malaria prone regions. Wear long sleeved shirts, socks, and shoes. Tuck your shirt into your pants and pants into your shoes. You can even spray your clothing with insecticides.
2. Know How To Repel Mosquitoes.
Apply mosquito repellants all over the exposed areas of the body. Spray herbal insecticides around your home. Fix mosquito net doors and windows so as to not allow mosquitoes to enter your home. When outdoors, always sleep under a mosquito net. Clear up and avoid stagnant water spaces as they are a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
3. Try These Home Remedies For The Malaria Parasite.
Here are some home remedies for malaria…
- Holy Basil: One of the interesting malaria facts is that tulsi (holy basil) is very effective at driving mosquitoes away. An infusion of this herb with water and honey can help treat malaria. It reduces inflammation and body aches. If the fever is very high, make a paste of black pepper and holy basil and eat it.
- Cinnamon: This spice is anti-parasitic and helps fight inflammation. A concoction of cinnamon with honey can treat malaria disease symptoms like nausea, appetite loss and body aches.
- Ginger: Ginger is a good antibiotic for treating malaria disease. It relieves body ache and nausea, improves appetite, and brings down the fever. Boil ginger and water and drink it regularly to prevent malaria.
- Grapefruit: Grapefruit neutralizes malaria-causing parasites. It is an antioxidant which boosts immunity and kills the malaria parasite. It also strengthens and nourishes the body with its high amounts of vitamins A and C.
- Fever nut: Fever nut can bring down the malaria fever quickly. It has seeds that are of high medicinal value. It also boosts the immune system.
We hope these malaria facts will help you win over your fight against the menacing mosquitoes!
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