November 12, 2021

How to Prevent Malaria – Antimalarials & Consultations in Tamworth

As the warmer months draw to a close, we know you may be looking to jet off on your winter holidays. Destinations such as the Dominican Republic and the Pacific Islands can offer a much-needed escape from the harsh UK weather. However, when travelling to destinations such as these, you will need to get antimalarials in Tamworth before you go. Assessing all of the risks associated with malaria can seem daunting. That’s why we have created this ultimate guide to malaria, including how to book a consultation with us.

antimalarials Tamworth

What is malaria?

Malaria is a disease that can be highly serious, or even fatal. It is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito infected with it.

Can malaria be spread between people?

Essentially no, it cannot. However, mosquitoes that bite an infected person can then spread it to someone else. This reinforces the need to take preventative measures.

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Which destinations is malaria found in?

Malaria is found in 100+ countries.

It is normally present in countries such as:

– South and Central America

– Haiti and the Dominican Republic

– Large parts of Asia and Africa

– Parts of the Middle East

– Some Pacific Islands

You can find other high-risk countries using the list on the TravelHealthPro website.

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Which times of day pose an increased risk?

Mosquitoes that carry malaria are commonly known as night-biting mosquitoes. This is due to their tendency to bite between dusk and dawn.

What are the symptoms of malaria?

In order to catch malaria quickly, you should make yourself aware of the symptoms.

These include: 

– Feeling shivery and hot

– Headaches

– Diarrhoea

– Muscle Pains

– Vomiting

– A temperature of 38c+

Symptoms normally become apparent between 7 and 18 days after you’re infected. However, they can sometimes not show up for a year or more.

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How can I prevent malaria? (antimalarials in Tamworth & more)

Even though there is no vaccination for malaria, there are measures you can take to protect yourself.

These include:

– Covering your legs and arms with clothing

– Seeking medical advice if you notice symptoms whilst abroad

– Getting antimalarials in Tamworth in advance

– Using insect repellent

– Using a mosquito net and treating it with insecticide

You can find out more about preventing malaria on our service page:

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Why should I get antimalarials in Tamworth?

You can use antimalarials to both prevent and treat malaria. As a result, it’s important to take the correct dose and finish the course. The tablets should be taken both during and after your trip. Also, you may even be asked to take a shorter course before you go. This will help check for any adverse side effects.

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Where can I stock up on antimalarials in Tamworth?

If you are travelling to an at-risk destination, there is no need to worry! We offer antimalarials, as well as a comprehensive malaria consultation. We also offer a variety of travel vaccinations. You can find out more in our ultimate travel vaccine guide here:

Our Ultimate Guide

Ultimately, you should visit us in advance of your trip so that you don’t get caught out.

Book your consultation below!

 

This blog post was written on behalf of The Travel Health Clinic by Carla Moore from Pharmacy Mentor.

 

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