Preventing Malaria During Your Summer Holiday

May 27, 2018

Summer has well and truly arrived and I couldn’t be more excited. Whether you’re jetting off to a tropical country or staying here in the UK, summer weather comes with some risks. As a medical student, I’m constantly seeing cases of dehydration and sunstroke. Worse case scenario? It can be more serious. In this blog post, we will be focusing on Malaria and how to tackle it safely so you can travel the world without worry.

What is Malaria? 

Malaria is known as a serious tropical disease which is spread by mosquitoes. If left alone, it can become fatal. The key symptoms of the condition include high temperature, sweats and chills, headaches, vomiting, muscle pains and diarrhoea. Malaria is caused by a parasite known as Plasmodium. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels physically sick of the thought of parasites, gross! Five of these parasites cause malaria in humans when an infected mozzy bites a human, it passes through the bloodstream.

The risky areas 

Now not to worry. If you’re here in the UK, then your risk is next to non-existent because we’re fortunate. However, those of you who travel to tropical regions of the world such as Africa and Asia, Haiti, parts of the Middle East, Central and South America, you need to prepare.

Prevention 

In order to stay safe, take antimalarials when you visit a high-risk area. It should be taken as instructed along with using protectants. There are many malaria tablets out there but I’d advise visiting The Independent Pharmacy who put your health first. You need to ensure you take the correct antimalarial due to different types. Knowing which one is suitable depends on the destination, medication you’re already on or medical history, any relevant family history, your age and whether you’re pregnant.

Conclusion

Shockingly, there currently isn’t a vaccine for malaria and a lot of people don’t realise. It’s also essential that when abroad, you remember to take the medication so it’s reaching the full effectiveness. The Independent Pharmacy is 100% safe and if you have any queries they’re either a phone call or email away. No prescription needed, a quick and reliable service without the hassle of doctors appointments and waiting times!

Love,

Hope x

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