Saturday, October 12, 2013

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Executive summary by darmansjah

Avoic catching malaria abroad. Follow these steps to stay healthy

Malaria-carrying mosquitoes bite mostly between dusk and dawn. Light-coloured, long-sleeved clothing, long trousers and socks should be worn during this time. Mosquitoes tend to stay close to the ground, so ankles are particularly vulnerable. If you’re not wearing socks, make sure you cover all of your foot and ankle with repellent (20-50 percent DEET is advisable).

Apply repellent regularly, particularly in a hot and humid climate when you are likely to sweat more.
When buying mosquito nets to sleep under, make sure they are pre-treated with insecticide and can be hung easily with a good choice of hanging points. Straps and hooks are necessary.

Non-prescription anti-malarial medication may not work in many regions, including most of Africa. You must always employ bit avoidance by using nets and repellent even if you’re taking anti-malaria medication.

Malaria is found mostly between the tropics, but not usually at higher altitudes and not in very country. Risks increase in the wet season, and anywhere near stagnant water. Symptoms can be non-specific and include fever, chills, joint pain, weakness, muscular aches, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Symptoms can take up to a year to appear.

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