It is confirmed by a blood test. If you have fever with chills, you should immediately come to the hospital for check up and treatment. Malaria occurs most frequently in monsoon season i.e. June to September as it is the breeding season of mosquitoes. Anopheles mosquito is mostly active at night.
How to Prevent Malaria –
Prevention is very important. It can be done by avoiding mosquito bites by keeping your surroundings mosquito free. Avoid stagnant water in and around your house.
Avoid skin exposure by wearing full length garments. Use mosquito repellents and nets to protect yourself.
Treatment is mandatory because the complications of untreated malaria are more than the side effects of the drugs used.
Safer drugs like chloroquine is used during pregnancy
Quinine and clindamycin are also used
For severe malaria, intravenous drug Artesunate is used
Fever is treated by paracetamol
Anaemia may need blood transfusion, iron and folic acid
Blood sugar also should be monitored frequently
Fetal monitoring is also must
Malaria is difficult to treat during pregnancy and you need frequent testing to check that it is gone completely. After you have recovered from malaria, it is important to have regular pregnancy check ups. Frequent ultrasounds maybe needed to check for the baby’s growth also.