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Malaria Symptoms & Treatment

Malaria is a disease that can be deadly if not treated, it is an infectious disease that is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is passed on through the bite of an infected female mosquito. The parasite is carried through your body, into the liver which then infects your red blood cells. The malaria disease is common in tropical areas, such as Africa, South America, Asia and the Pacific Islands. Malaria is not present within the UK, however, there are roughly 1500 people that are treated for the disease each year due to becoming infected while travelling abroad.


Peak Pharmacy Online supply a range of malaria tablets available to buy online, either to via a prescription from your doctor, or via our online consultation service. If you don't currently have a prescription from your GP, then you are able to order your malaria tablets via our Online Consultation service. Simply choose 'I require an online consultation' when adding tablets to your basket. You will then be lead through a range of medical questions before proceeding to the payment stage. If we don't have a query with your order, your tablets will be dispensed from our UK pharmacy and sent out to you in the post via the shipping method you have chosen.

If you do have a prescription from your GP, simply select 'I have a prescription' before added the malaria tablets to your basket. You will then be given a postal address where you will need to send your prescription, once we have received this from you, your items will be dispensed from our UK pharmacy and sent out in the post.


If you are bitten by an infected mosquito, then symptoms will usually begin to appear between 7 and 30 days, however, it can take longer. If you are bitten by a mosquito carrying a less severe strain of malaria, then it could take up to a year before symptoms begin to show. Symptoms may also vary depending on any medication you may be taking to prevent malaria. The common symptoms of malaria, are similar to symptoms associated with flu:

  • Fever or high temperature
  • Aching muscles
  • Headaches
  • Shivering
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Cough
  • A general feeling of unwell
  • Tiredness
  • Lack of energy

If you are suffering from any flu-like symptoms after visiting or during a visit to a malaria risk country, then you should see your GP. The symptoms of malaria can quickly get worse, so it is important not to ignore the symptoms, even if you are still in the risk area. If you have been infected with the more severe case of malaria (Plasmodium falciparum), then it can have serious effects on your kidney, lungs, blood and even your brain. Pregnant women, children, the elderly or individuals with weaker immune systems are at greater risk of being infected with severe malaria. The common symptoms of severe malaria are pale skin, fits, loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, jaundice and feeling light-headed.


Currently, there is no vaccination against malaria, however there are tablets and precautions that you can take to help treat and prevent becoming infected. For example, malaria tablets, there are various types of tablets designed to help treat & prevent malaria. The type of tablet you will need to take will depend on a number of factors, for example, the country you are visiting, the amount of time you will spend in the risk area and any medications you may already be taking. To check what type of medication you need for the area you are visiting, view our Malaria Risk Map. There is a range of tablets available from Peak Pharmacy Online, all of which are designed to help prevent you from contracting malaria.

It is important to remember that no anti-malaria tablets offer 100% protection from malaria, therefore you should always take other precautions to reduce the risk of being infected with malaria. Some other tips are to protect against being bitten are:

  • Wear long-sleeve tops and long trousers to reduce the amount of skin on show.
  • Mosquitoes can bite through thin layers, so wear thick or multiple layers if possible.
  • Sleep under mosquito nets
  • Ensure rooms have air conditioning and window/door screens.
  • Use clothing and netting treatment.
  • Avoid aftershave or perfume when going out in the evenings.
  • Apply recommended insect repellents on exposed skin.