Malaria is a disease that’s spread by infected mosquitoes, which are typically prevalent in tropical or subtropical regions. Parasites normally infect these mosquitoes. Malaria has unpleasant symptoms, including sweating, vomiting, headaches, chills, and diarrhoea. It is life-threatening if you don’t get treatment promptly. Keep reading to find out how to get antimalarials in Exeter and protect yourself from malaria.
Luckily, taking antimalaria tablets will offer you protection against this illness. If you plan to travel outside the country, it’s important to check if your destination is a malaria-infested zone. You may want to take malaria tablets prior to, during, and after the planned trip for optimum protection.
What are antimalarials in Exeter?
Antimalarials are tablets that offer protection against malaria by giving your body the capability to resist parasites that lead to the disease. Mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting the parasite into your body.
However, you must use malaria tablets correctly with a few other measures to ensure maximum protection, such as wearing clothing that covers your arms and legs at night when mosquitoes are most active. Not taking malaria tablets properly can greatly reduce their effectiveness.
You’ll need a prescription to get malaria tablets. However, you can avoid the hassle of visiting your doctor by getting them through Luxtons Pharmacy.
How do you prevent malaria?
Medication like antimalarial tablets protects against malaria. Consider taking these tablets before travelling to malaria-infested areas where you are likely to contract the disease. Below are some other ways you can also prevent malaria:
– Apply insect repellent on your skin – ensure that it’s 50% DEET-based.
– Ensure that you sleep under mosquito nets – they should be treated with insecticide.
– Wear clothing that protects your arms and legs in the evening.
You may be advised to take antimalarial tablets to minimise the chances of contracting malaria and get tips on avoiding mosquito bites.
You can also check out our previous blog post for information about getting a Covid-19 PCR test before you travel here:
How to take antimalarials in Exeter
We also recommend that you use antimalarial tablets before entering places where malaria cases are prevalent.
While you should take some tablets a few days before travelling, you may take others about a week or more in advance. This gives your body ample time to adjust to antimalarial medication for the best protection against malaria.
You should take the tablets according to your prescription – missing or skipping doses can make your body resistant to medication, exposing you to malaria infection.
You must complete the course of tablets even after you have left the area where malaria is prevalent. When you stop taking tablets earlier in the middle of your dose, even after returning to a malaria-free zone, it can make you prone to malaria infection, especially if the parasites have already entered your body.
Which antimalarials in Exeter are the best?
The most common antimalarial drugs today are:
– Chloroquine phosphate. Chloroquine is the recommended treatment to fight off parasites.
– Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs). ACT is a combination of two or several drugs that help keep the malaria parasite away using different ways.
– Quinine sulfate (Qualaquin) with doxycycline (Oracea, Vibramycin, others)
– Atovaquone-proguanil (Malarone)
You’ll need to have a prescription to get antimalarial tablets, except for:
How is malaria treated?
The best treatment for malaria is through medication. You should be able to fully recover from malaria if diagnosed early and treated with the correct medication on time. It’s necessary to begin treatment as soon as the diagnosis confirms that you have malaria.
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