Every evening when we step out to play, my major concern is how to protect my family from a mosquito bite which can give a life-threatening disease like Malaria. I have suffered from Malaria Fever during my childhood and trust me it’s so bad that I would not wish that even for my enemy.
What is Malaria?
Malaria is a serious tropical disease that spreads through parasites. It is common in places with hot and humid climate.
Malaria is an infection that affects the red blood cells. It is spread by mosquitoes that carry a parasite causing Malaria Fever. If a mosquito carrying this parasite bites you, the parasite gets into your blood. The parasite later lays eggs developing into more parasites, attacking your healthy red blood cells and making you very sick. and they feed on your blood cells until you get very sick. If this disease is not treated expeditiously, it can even prove to be fatal.
Signs and Symptoms of Malaria mostly start to show up after 8-25 days (as cited in Fairhurst RM, Wellems TE (2010). “Chapter 275. Plasmodium species (malaria)”. In Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 2 (7th ed.). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier. pp. 3437–62).
The early symptoms of Malaria are often confused with the common cold or flu. The doctor usually advise for a blood test for confirmation if a person has a high fever, shaking chills and sweating. Other early symptoms of Malaria may also include:
- A headache
- Body aches
- No or a very low diet
In worst scenarios, symptoms of Malaria fever may include Neurological disorders like abnormal posturing, retinal damage or even Coma.
Due to low red blood cells count, children may also suffer from Anaemia and have trouble breathing.
Protect your Family against Malaria Fever
It’s essential you play it safe to keep the sickness at the bay. Do all that’s almost possible to keep away from getting mosquito bites. Here are the few preventive measures that I try to keep my family safe.
- Sleep in a room with screens on the windows and doors.
- Use a mosquito net over your bed.
- Use Goodknight repellents as they are safe for the family.
- While outdoors, especially during the evenings when mosquitoes are typically more active, use Goodknight Fabric Roll on or Patches that are safe for babies too.
Infants, young kids and pregnant women have a high chance for severe cases of malaria. It is important to recognise the early symptoms of Malaria. Given how quickly these symptoms of malaria fever can prove to be fatal, it’s important to get medical care as quickly as possible.