Infections

Malaria

About Malaria

Malaria is a serious disease caused by a parasite. You get it when an infected mosquito bites you. Malaria is a major cause of death worldwide, but it is almost wiped out in the United States. The disease is mostly a problem in developing countries with warm climates. If you travel to these countries, you are at risk. There are four different types of malaria caused by four related parasites. The most deadly type occurs in Africa south of the Sahara Desert.

Malaria symptoms include chills, flu-like symptoms, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice. A blood test can diagnose it. It can be life-threatening. However, you can treat malaria with drugs. The type of drug depends on which kind of malaria you have and where you were infected.

Malaria can be prevented. When traveling to malaria-prone regions

  • See your doctor for medicines that protect you
  • Wear insect repellent with DEET
  • Cover up
  • Sleep under mosquito netting

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Symptoms of Malaria
  • Chills
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Jaundice: Yellowing of skin and eyes, dark-colored urine, pale stools

Top Medications for Malaria according to our users

Button Group. All currently active
  • All men

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Doxycycline
    51%
  • All women

  • Brand (generic)% of users who said medication was worth it
  • Doxycycline
    49%

All Medications for Malaria

  • Immunosuppressant > Immunomodulator

  • Antirheumatic > Biological response modifier

Antimalarial

  • Antigout > Xanthine oxidase inhibitor

  • Antibiotic > Tetracycline

    • Doxycycline
      Prescription only

      Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release capsule
      • Liquid
  • Scabicidal agents > Pediculicide

    • Nix
      (Permethrin)
      Prescription or OTC

      Nix (Permethrin) works great, but make sure to read the directions carefully before using it.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Cream, gel, or ointment
      • Shampoo

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