Malaria, an infectious disease of the blood that typically occurs in climates where the weather is tropical, is spread by female mosquitoes that carry it from one person to another. While cases of malaria are not found often in the United States, they may commonly occur in other countries around the world. Indicators that you may have this condition include nausea, vomiting, fever, flu-like symptoms, enlarged spleen and headache and may take from 1 to 2 weeks to develop. If you frequently travel to places where tropical climates exist, you may be at risk of contracting malaria. If you do become infected, there are conventional medications, as well as natural remedies, that can help stop and/or ease the symptoms.
1. Go to a hospital if you believe you are infected with malaria, especially if your symptoms are severe. Doctors may need to give transfusions of red blood cells and administer oxygen, antibiotics and IV fluids. If your situation gets worse, kidney dialysis may be required. Doctors may also prescribe prescription drugs, such as sulfadoxone, clindamycin or chloroquine, to help treat your condition and prevent future outbreaks of malaria symptoms.
2. Squeeze some fresh lemon and lime juice into a little water, then sip it, whenever you feel that you are getting feverish.
3. Eat some grapefruit. It contains quinine, a substance that is known for treating symptoms of malaria. Since grapefruit may interact with some prescription drugs, however, you should not eat it without first speaking to your doctor if you are on any medications.
4. Boil a cup a water and add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Sweeten the mixture with honey. Stir well, then sip, to aid in easing malaria symptoms.
5. Eat immune-boosting fenugreek seeds. They are useful in helping to get rid of the parasites in your body that cause malaria symptoms. If you don’t like the taste of the seeds, drink fenugreek tea, which you should always carry along with you when you travel to countries where malarial is prevalent. Do not eat fenugreek seeds without talking to a doctor first, if you are taking warfarin, aspirin, NSAIDS, blood thinners or medications for diabetes.