Malaria is one of the diseases Africans are still battling with. Malaria is a common disease caused by the female Anopheles mosquito. It is very dangerous when it aggravates to different level after it is left untreated. It is caused by parasites and often present itself with chills, fever, cold and catarh etc.
Malaria is very easy to treat when diagnosed but leaving untreated there are many complications that can be developed. Most at times, people try to treat malaria at their various homes. Despite the available treatment, malaria is one of the leading causes of death in Africa.
Cardinal Symptoms of Malaria
4. Body discomfort
7. Abdominal pain
8. Fatigue or tiredness
Due to the signs and symptoms malaria present, many people self medicate themselves without tackling the cause of the disease. For example, one can experience severe headache and go in for over the counter medications like paracetamol and take. This will be a routine thing until it reaches the final stage when he or she test for malaria.
When it happens like that and the parasites are in the bloodstream, that is when there is multiple organ failure and other complications. Malaria can damage the kidneys, liver and rapture the spleen. This happens at the end stage of the disease when left untreated. It can advance and destroy the brain as well, which is known as cerebral malaria. This is when the parasites travel to the brain cells and causes damage.
Aside these, other complications of malaria include Low blood count (anemia), shortness of breath and even death. Do not self medicate when you realise any sign or symptom or discomfort. Seek for early medical attention before condition becomes worse. Malaria kills so act fast.
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