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Malaria, your experiences

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1. Posted by brouillard (Budding Member, 29 posts) 9 Nov '12 10:49

Hi to all

I want to travel around Asia. So I'm wondering about the Malaria.

Different places = different malaria types
different time of year = different high of risk

there are a lot of different ways of protection. normal prophylaxis, homoepathic, just sprays, clothes which are so thick that the mosquitos can't harm you, or nothing at all because of side effects especially for long term users.

What are your experiences? what did you took? why did you decide for that and where were you + time of year?
would you take the same again?

Can you get/buy protection in india aswell?

Thanks for replys

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1730 posts) 9 Nov '12 12:57

The most important thing about malaria tablets is that you take them as long as required. The parasite can remain in your body for weeks afterwards so you stop taking them too soon, you can still get malaria. Such people are helping malaria parasites develop an immunity to drugs.

These days, there are a number of other bad diseases besides malaria which you can catch.

Pharmacies will usually have books which tell you what types of pills to take for what area.

I usually buy some mosquito spray and have a spray around in my room before I go to bed.

Time of year as in pools of stagnant water about. Obviously jungle area is far worse than being in a city. In such places I sometimes wore long sleeved shirts and gave the sleeves a bit of a spray with insecticide, which helped.

On one of my trips to India quite a number of years ago I bought some local liquid and rubbed it on myself. In an out of the way place, I went into a large tent to get something to eat and mosquitoes were all over the tables. As I sat down, they cleared a semi circle away from me, not wanting to come close. I've no idea now what that very effective repellant was.

3. Posted by talesbackpack (Full Member, 117 posts) 13 Nov '12 15:21

Prophylaxis is your friend. The mosquitoes that carry malaria usually come out at night, but the mosquitoes that carry dengue fever are out during the day. There is no vaccine for dengue.

Your best protection is to not get bitten. Where long sleeves whenever possible, use a good repellant (I found Neem to be a pretty effective natural alternative to DEET). Stay indoors at dusk/dawn whenever possible. Avoid standing pools of water whenever possible.

I took Lariam (Mefloquine) for 4-5 months, but still picked up a drug-resistant strain of malaria in Malawi. Because I was taking an anti-malarial, I wasn't hit hard by it, but I was flat on my back for a few days. 7 years later I still get a random fever about once per year.

I took the antimalarials through Africa over winter and early spring, but stopped taking them when I reached India & SE Asia in spring and summer. I had to stop because I started to suffer side effects from the drug. It would have been easy enough to switch to a different type of antimalarial in Asia, but I decided to go without. I had no health issues at all in 3 months in Asia.

4. Posted by ermahampton (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 25 Dec '12 22:26

Quinoric is used to treat or prevent certain forms of malaria caused by mosquito bites. This drug is also prescribed for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, as well as discoid and systemic lupus erythematosus.

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