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What are the treatment options for malaria?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The majority of the time, physicians can successfully treat malaria with prescription medications. The type of medicine prescribed and the length of time you must take it for depends on several things, including

  • your medical history
  • what kind of malaria parasite you've been infected with
  • how sick you are
  • how old you are
  • what country you were in when you were infected.

Medications are usually given orally or intravenously. However, suppositories may be used as well. In milder cases of malaria, people tend to begin feeling better a day or two after treatment has begun.

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