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. A first-aid kit includes drugs for diarrhea, insect bites, sunburns, pain, eyes and ear infections, cough and runny nose, bandages, antibiotics and antimalarial drugs.
What should I do if I get diarrhea?
If you get mild diarrhea, it is usually sufficient to drink plenty of fluids and possibly an antidote. In case of severe diarrhea associated with fever, convulsions and vomiting, you should definitely consult a doctor. Get a medication for diarrhea prescribed before you travel.
What should I consider before traveling to a malaria area?
If you travel to an area that is at risk of malaria, it is recommended that you take medicines for malaria as a prophylaxis. At Apomeds, you can order Doxycycline
online. Please note that one should start taking the products a day or two before the start of the journey.
Malaria - the infectious disease of the tropics and southern tropics
About 40 percent of the world's population in over 100 countries are at risk of malaria, with Africa being hit hardest. Every year, about 243 million people get infected with the infection caused by parasites. Pathogens are 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.
Course and symptoms of the disease
After infection with malaria, it usually take a few days to notice the symptoms. The incubation period can sometimes be longer – for one-two weeks. The first signs are flu-like symptoms such as mild fever, pain, chills. The symptoms also vary depending on the type of malaria. In the lightest type of malaria, the malaria tertiana, you suddenly get a fever, followed by fevers every 48 hours, which last for three-four hours. 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 consequences can a malaria infection have?
An infection with malaria can have serious consequences, so if you are in a malarial area or have visited one and there is even a 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.
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 coma.
However, malaria mostly causes breathing difficulties, blood sugar changes, kidney and liver failure, jaundice, dehydration and spontaneous bleeding. Malaria is a serious disease that should be treated quickly.
Treatment of malaria infection
The rule is that the faster you start with the treatment, the better, as with most infections.
So as soon as you show 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 medications for both treatment and prophylaxis. Doxycycline and Malarone. Malarone is especially used for treatment. Doxycycline is an antibiotic and is especially useful as a malaria prophylaxis. Both medicines require a prescription. You can order the drug and prescription online at Apomeds. Fill in a medical questionnaire. A doctor will check this and prescribe you a prescription. The prescription is sent to a mail-order pharmacy, which sends the drug quickly and easily, directly to your home.
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