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Featured Malaria Articles
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Descriptions of Featured Malaria Articles
Malaria is a disease caused by an infection with parasites called Plasmodium. This eMedTV page explains how the disease is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. Symptoms and treatment are also discussed.
- Malaria Symptoms
In cases of malaria, symptoms often include such things as fever, chills, nausea, and diarrhea. This page of the eMedTV Web site discusses both mild and severe symptoms of malaria, which can include kidney failure, coma, and severe anemia.
Quinine is a drug prescribed to treat mild cases of malaria. This page from the eMedTV Web site takes an in-depth look at this medication, including details on how it works to kill a specific parasite, dosing guidelines, potential side effects, and more.
The Anopheles mosquito is the only species known to spread malaria. The eMedTV Web page discusses its life cycle in detail, explains how mosquitoes transmit malaria, and measures designed to combat insect biting and control the spread of disease.
- Malaria Causes
As explained in this eMedTV article, infection with a parasite from the genus Plasmodium is what causes malaria. Transmission of the disease most commonly involves bites from Anopheles mosquitoes, which may carry the parasite.
Hydroxychloroquine is a prescription drug used to treat malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. This eMedTV Web page offers a more in-depth look at hydroxychloroquine and its other uses, effects, dosing guidelines, and potential side effects.
Malarone is a drug used to treat or prevent malaria. This portion of the eMedTV Web site takes an in-depth look at this drug, with information on how it works, safety issues to keep in mind, side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
- History of Malaria
As this eMedTV resource explains, malaria's recorded history goes back more than 4,000 years. This article covers the history of the disease, from descriptions of the disease in ancient Chinese texts to efforts to eradicate malaria in the 1900s.
- Malaria Vaccine
There is not yet a malaria vaccine approved for humans. This eMedTV article examines the challenges inherent in developing an effective vaccine, while explaining the importance of such a vaccine in eventually controlling the disease.
- Quinine for Cramps
This eMedTV article explains that kidney damage and potentially fatal blood reactions may occur when using quinine (Qualaquin) for nighttime leg cramps. This page describes other potential problems that may occur and lists different treatment options.
- Malaria Cure
When the disease is treated early enough, there is medication that may be used as to cure malaria. This eMedTV segment identifies medicines that can be used to cure this disease, including chloroquine, mefloquine, and quinine.
- Malaria Virus
Infection with a parasite from the genus Plasmodium -- not a malaria virus -- causes malaria. This eMedTV article provides a definition of the term parasite and discusses the four species of Plasmodium that cause malaria among humans.
- Side Effects of Quinine
This eMedTV resource explains that nausea, headaches, and dizziness are some of the common side effects of quinine. This page offers a more detailed list of reactions that may occur, including those that are potentially serious and require medical care.
- Malaria Treatment
As this eMedTV article explains, treating malaria involves medications such as quinine. This resource identifies medications used for malaria (such as chloroquine and mefloquine) and lists factors that can affect treatment of the disease.
Available by prescription, chloroquine is an antimalarial drug that can also be used to treat amebiasis. This eMedTV segment takes a closer look at this medication, including safety precautions, dosing guidelines, and what to discuss with your doctor.
- What Is Chloroquine Used For?
This eMedTV article explains that chloroquine is commonly used for treating malaria and extraintestinal amebiasis. It can also be used for malaria prevention. This article takes a closer look at the uses of this drug, including "off-label" uses.
Available by prescription only, Lariam is a medicine used to treat or prevent malaria. This eMedTV Web selection provides a complete overview of this antimalarial medication, with details on how it works, possible side effects, and dosing guidelines.
- Quinine for Leg Cramps
If you are using quinine for leg cramps, it is important to know that this use could cause serious problems. This eMedTV page describes some of the potentially life-threatening reactions that could occur when using quinine for this unapproved use.
Primaquine is a prescription medicine used to prevent malaria relapses. This page of the eMedTV Web library provides a complete overview of this antimalarial medication, with information on how it works, possible side effects, and dosing guidelines.
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