Malaria Facts (cont.)
Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.
In this Article
- Malaria facts
- What is malaria?
- Is malaria contagious?
- What is the incubation period for malaria?
- What causes malaria?
- What are malaria symptoms and signs?
- What specialists treat malaria?
- How do physicians diagnose malaria?
- What is the treatment for malaria?
- Can malaria reoccur after treatment?
- What is the prognosis of malaria?
- Is there a malaria vaccine?
- How can people prevent malaria?
What is the treatment for malaria?
Besides supportive care, the medical team needs to decide on the appropriate antibiotics to treat malaria. The choice will depend on several factors, including
- the specific species of parasite identified,
- the severity of symptoms, and
- determination of drug resistance based on the geographic area where the patient traveled.
Physicians will administer the medication in pill form or as an intravenous antibiotic depending on above factors.
The most commonly used medications are
- chloroquine (Aralen),
- doxycycline (Vibramycin, Oracea, Adoxa, Atridox),
- quinine (Qualaquin),
- mefloquine (Lariam),
- atovaquone/proguanil (Malarone),
- artemether/lumefantrine (Coartem), and
- primaquine phosphate (Primaquine).
Learn more about: Coartem
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