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Malaria fever and Unani Treatment
|By : Dr.Izharul Hasan , New Delhi, India 20.9.2010 Phone:8287833547, 9738626275 Mail Now|
|Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College, Karolbagh|
Malaria is a parasitic infection transmitted by the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Malaria is caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Plasmodium. The disease causes fever, chills, headache and muscle aches. It is caused by a tiny parasite called Plasmodium. The parasite grows in the liver of a person for a few days and then enters the bloodstream where it invades the red blood cells. The disease spreads from a sick person to a healthy one by the bite of an infected female anopheles mosquito. She draws a small quantity of blood containing the parasites when she bites a person who has malaria. These parasites then pass through several stages of development within the mosquito's body, and finally find their way to its salivary glands. There they lie in wait for an opportunity to enter the bloodstream of the next person the mosquito bites. The malaria-carrying mosquito breeds in stagnant water.
Types and Symptoms of Malaria
There are three main types of malaria, classified
according to the parasite which causes it. They are tertian fever, quartan fever
and malignant tertian malaria. The most common symptom of all types of malaria
is high fever, which may occur every day, on alternate days, or every fourth
day. The fever is accompanied by
chills, headache, shivering, and pain in the limbs. The temperature comes down after some time with profuse sweating.
Fever occurs about every 48 hours but this periodicity is often masked because the stages are not always synchronous. This periodicity is termed tertian because of fever on the first day, no fever on the second and then a return of fever on the third day. Plasmodium falciparum lives in a temperature of at least 20șC so is found mainly in warmer parts of the world.
Prevention of malaria is as important as curing it. Some prevention tips for malaria are given below: