First-aid kit - what should I pack?
A first-aid kit is very useful, especially if you travel to an area that has little infrastructure. It should include drugs for diarrhea, insect bites, sunburns, pain, eyes and ear infections, cough and runny nose, bandages, antibiotics, and antimalarial drugs, like Malaria Prophylaxis.
What should I do if I get diarrhea?
If you get mild diarrhea, it is usually sufficient to drink plenty of fluids and use proper medication. In case of severe diarrhea associated with fever, convulsions, and vomiting, you should definitely consult a doctor. We advise you to get a prescription for diarrhea medication before you travel.
What should I consider before traveling to a malaria area?
If you travel to an area where you are at risk of getting infected with malaria, we advise you to take medicines to prevent the infection, such as prophylaxis. At Apomeds, you can order Doxycycline and Malarone Prophylaxis online. Please note that you should start taking the products a day or two before traveling!
Malaria - the infectious disease of the tropics and southern tropics
About 40 percent of the world's population, in over 100 countries, is at risk of malaria, with Africa being affected the most. Every year, about 243 million people get infected with diseases caused by certain parasites. In this case, the pathogen is the so-called Anopheles mosquito, a type of plasmodium that relies on humans as an intermediate host. These mosquitoes are mainly active at sunset and dusk.
Causee and symptoms of the disease
After you get infected with malaria, it usually takes a few days to notice the symptoms. The incubation period can sometimes be even longer, from one to two weeks. The first signs are flu-like symptoms such as mild fever, pain, chills.
The symptoms of this infection vary depending on the type of malaria. In the lightest type of malaria, namely malaria tertiana, you suddenly get a fever, followed by fevers every 48 hours, which last for three-four hours. On the other hand, malaria quartana causes chills every 72 hours, followed by fever episodes and subsequent sweating. The most severe and rarest of all malaria species is malaria tropica, which is characterized by intermittent fever. This species can cause relapses even after years.
What are the consequences of malaria?
Infection with malaria can have serious consequences, so if you are in a malarial area or have visited one and there is even a slight suspicion of infection, you should be examined immediately.
If an infection is left untreated, it can cause anemia, as there is an increased number of blood cells. The lowered oxygen content in the blood can lead to fainting and blackouts. Also, in very rare cases, the infected blood cells can get into the brain and block its vessels, thus the brain swells and in the worst case, it could result in a coma.
However, malaria mostly causes breathing difficulties, blood sugar changes, kidney and liver failure, as well as jaundice, dehydration, and spontaneous bleeding. Malaria is a serious disease that should be treated quickly!
As with most infections, the faster you start the treatment, the better. Consequently, as soon as you experience any malaria symptoms, seek medical help immediately. If there is no doctor nearby, start self-treatment after 24 hours, at the latest. Normally, only a blood test will provide accurate information about whether or not there is a malaria infection.
Malaria Drugs and Prophylaxis at Apomeds
Apomeds has two effective malaria medications, Doxycycline and Malarone. Both medicines require a prescription. You can start an online diagnose, at Apomeds! All you have to do is complete a medical questionnaire. After that, a doctor will check your answers and issue you a prescription. The prescription is sent to a mail-order pharmacy, which sends the drug directly to your home. At Apomeds, the delivery services are free of charge! More information on how Apomeds works can be found here.