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Malaria Prevention and Control
Thursday, 28 November 2019 15:32:15 Europe/London
Many of us dream of planning a once in a lifetime trip to a faraway land, or even a round-the-world trip. Travelling to exotic destinations can be one of the most exciting things you ever do, but it is important to make sure you look after your health before you travel and once you are abroad. Malaria is endemic to some regions of the world, and ensuring you understand how to avoid malaria, and the available anti-malarial medication is very important.
If you are looking for a travel health clinic Kingston or a travel clinic Ashtead, look no further than Miles Pharmacy for all your travel health needs.
What is Malaria?
Most commonly spread by the infected female Anopheles mosquito, Plasmodium is a single-celled micro-organism that is transferred from the saliva of the mosquito into the blood of a human. The symptoms of malaria include fever, vomiting and a headache. Complications can also occur and may include yellowed skin, seizures and sometimes a coma.
Treatment involves giving anti-malaria medicine, although the exact medication can vary depending on the severity of the illness.
Natural Anti-Malarial Treatment
To prevent malaria, many people choose to take anti-malarial medication for the duration of their trip abroad. These medications prevent a person from becoming infected with malaria, even if they are bitten by an infected mosquito.
Some people prefer to try a natural anti-malarial treatment to reduce their risk of malaria. Traditional herbal medications have been used for thousands of years, with over 1200 plant species being tried worldwide. These plants may contain quinine or artemisinin, which often form the basis of modern medical anti-malaria medicine. Although more research is required, traditional natural anti-malarial treatment is not thought to be as effective as the western medicines available.
At our travel health clinic Kingston we offer a same day dispensing service of anti-malarial medication. Ensuring that you are fully protected against malaria is of utmost importance before you travel, and seeing one of our specialist pharmacists can give you the reassurance you need about which medication you should take.
Preventing mosquito bites can be aided by using a mosquito net and regularly applying insect repellents to your skin. Covering your arms and legs in the evenings can help. Miles Pharmacy also offers travel vaccinations, taking care of every aspect of your travel health.
Call us today to book your appointment.