How To Stop Malaria Ruining Your World Adventure

Person spraying Malaria spray

You have saved and worked hard for this holiday, don’t let malaria ruin in.

If you are visiting a country that has a risk of malaria, then it is important to take the necessary precautions so you do not pick up the disease when travelling. The last thing you want is to have planned and saved for the journey of a lifetime, only to be struck down by malaria because you failed to take the right precautions.

There is a range of anti-malaria tablets available on the market, and the type of tablet you require will depend on a range of factors such as where you are visiting, how long you’re staying for, as well as your medical history and any medication you may already be taking.

With so many tablets out there, it is important that you choose the right one for your journey. You can use our Malaria Risk Map to find out which tablets you will need, if at all.

So how do you go about getting your anti-malaria tablets? We are able to supply tablets such as Malarone, Doxycycline, Lariam and the generic (and cheaper) Malarone tablets Atovaquone & Proguanil. These tablets are designed to provide protection from malaria, however certain tablets are designed to be taken at different stages so it is always important that you read the product leaflet before taking any tablets.
You can buy these tablets with a written prescription from your GP or you can use our online consultation service to supply the prescription for you. So there is no excuse in not factoring in malaria when preparing for your journey.

It’s not just the anti-malaria tablets you need to consider when travelling to a malaria risk area. You also need to consider how you can stay protected in other ways as well. The best way to prevent malaria is to reduce your chances of getting bitten by a mosquito in the first place. There is a range of ways in which you can achieve this.

Clothing:

While it may be hot where you’re going, it is wise to wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. This will reduce the amount of skin on show that has the potential to be bitten.

Dark clothes tend to attract mosquitoes, so try and wear light coloured clothing.

Aftershave, perfume and deodorant also attract mosquitoes, so going out without this will help reduce the risk of being bitten. It might get a little smelly, but when weighed up against the risk of getting bitten by a malaria-carrying mosquito? It’s an easy decision.

Insect Repellents:

Using mosquito killing devices in bedrooms or living rooms is also ideal as this also reduces the risk of being bitten. These plug-in units help mosquitoes and other flying insects in bedrooms or hotel rooms, providing long-lasting protection, ideal to be used overnight as an extra layer of protection.

Insect repellent and mosquito sprays are available in different strengths, depending on which area of the world you are visiting and the risk of biting insects in that area. Repellents can also be applied to clothing, the use of products containing DEET will provide extra protection, ideal for when entering high-risk areas. DEET has been used for over 50 years and is proven to be one of the most effective mosquito repellents.

Mosquito Nets:

Mosquito nets are ideal for staying protected in the evenings, as this is when Mosquitoes are most active. There are many different mosquito nets available, which can make it difficult to determine which is the best suited for you.

It’s recommended that all mosquito nets are treated with Permethrin or Deltamethrin. These are insecticides which kill mosquitoes instantly on contact by acting on their nervous system.

Before you travel, practice putting up your mosquito net so you are able to act quickly when abroad. Not only does this help you get the net up quicker, but you can also check the net is suitable and has no tears or holes. When it comes to putting up your net, make sure the edges are tucked under the mattress and ensure they are no openings so no biting buts can enter.

If you have any questions about anything raised in this article, leave a comment below or contact us.

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