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Dear Pharmacist, I have recurring malaria.

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Dear Pharmacist, I have recurring malaria.

We launched a column on our blog to address questions and issues raised by our clients that seeks medical solution in the Keek’s Pharmacy. We hope you find solution through the questions and response we provide.

Dear Pharmacist,

I have treated malaria twice this month already, but I still feel sick. I feel feverish, my head hurts, and I feel really weak.

Our Response,

We get this a lot. Some people end up treating malaria up to three times in a month. I don’t recommend continuous medication without investigation because, drugs do have side effects. So in a case like the one above, here are things to consider:

  1. You may not have malaria. It is possible you have a different condition with similar symptoms as malaria (typhoid, hepatitis, and other infections). So, treating with antimalarial won’t really help in this case. I recommend you actually carry out a test to get more information.
  2. You may be having treatment failure. This means that the treatment carried out with the medication did not work. This could be due to not following the medication instructions on dosing, intervals or duration. Treatment failure could also be caused by a resistance to the antimalarial administered. This occurs when the pathogen develops a system of immunity to the medication. I recommend treating with a different class of antimalarial agent in this case.
  3. You could be experiencing recrudescence. This means that after treatment a level of the plasmodium which cannot be detected, persists in your blood stream. This can remain dormant for extended periods of time. But they present with symptoms when the individual’s immunity is compromised. This is common. This is why lots of people develop malaria after periods of extended stress, or after being ill.
  4. You could be getting re-infected. You could be having fresh episodes of malaria because of failure to protect yourself from reinfection.

I hope this response helps you.

Kiki Oti

Wellness advocate and health counsellor for Keek's

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