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Anti Malarials

Malaria is a serious infection spread by mosquitoes. If it’s not diagnosed and treated quickly, you can die from it.

Malaria is caused by being bitten by an infected mosquito. It can take just 1 bite to get it. The infection is very common in certain parts of the world. It’s found in tropical regions, including:

  • large areas of Africa and Asia
  • Central and South America
  • Dominican Republic and Haiti
  • parts of the Middle East
  • some Pacific islands

Malaria is not found in the UK and you cannot catch it from another person.

How to avoid malaria

Do

  • take any antimalarial medicine you’re prescribed – you usually need to start taking it a few days or weeks before you go, until a few weeks after you get back
  • use insect repellent on your skin – make sure it’s 50% DEET-based
  • sleep under mosquito nets treated with insecticide
  • wear long-sleeved clothing and trousers to cover your arms and legs in the evening, when mosquitos are most active

Symptoms

Malaria can be hard to spot, but symptoms include:

  • a high temperature, sweats and chills
  • headaches and feeling confused
  • feeling very tired and sleepy (especially in children)
  • feeling and being sick, tummy pain and diarrhoea
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle pains
  • yellow skin or whites of the eyes
  • a sore throat, cough and difficulty breathing
  • These symptoms usually appear between 7 and 18 days after you’ve been bitten by an infected mosquito. But sometimes you may not have symptoms for months after travel, and rarely years.

Our travel pharmacists will help you choose your right anti-malarial medication for you trip, whether you’re going away for only a few days to a few months.

The following anti-malarials are available:

  • Malarone
  • Malarone – Generic
  • Lariam
  • Docycycline