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Diet in malaria


                Malaria is not an air borne disease so can not be transmitted through cough or sneezing of the infected person. Malaria is a parasitic infection.It is caused by  the bite of an anopheles mosquito. Female mosquitoes are carrier of malaria that take the parasite while feeding on the blood of an infected person . In this fever the vomiting and  fever causes  dehydration in the body.The most important thing is to replenish the electrolytes in the body by  drinking a lot of fluids .   

Mostly found in Africa ,South America, Southern Asia ( india, Pakistan,Bangladesh,Myanmar etc).

Causes - Mainly unhygienic surroundings or living conditions  harboring/inviting mosquitoes.

Symptoms :- High grade fever with chills , Headache , Vomiting..


It may be hard to get people to eat anything at all in this condition .  However it is very important that the patient takes a lot of liquids. Patient should eat whenever there is no fever or it is reduced.

Always drink boiled water.

Have plenty of fluids . The more the fluids in the body the faster the malaria parasite move out from the body . When fluids start digesting easily  then you can take skimmed milk( approximately after 2-3 days of fever) .

Fruit diet – Juices of oranges,kinnows and Mausmis are very good for speedy recovery . Fruits like papaya, Kiwi, Apple, Strawberry  and sweet mangoes are good to eat. 

Have high carbohydrate and high protein diet after 5-6 days of fever. You can take khichdi, rice porridge etc. 

Eating small frequent meals instead of large meals helps to reduce gastrointestinal symptoms . 

Malaria parasite destroys the red blood cells in our body . So it can cause  anemia . Therefore you should take iron rich foods such as green leafy vegetables,  spinach etc.  Non vegetarians can take  properly cooked chicken soup. 

Foods that should be avoided in Malaria:-

Spicy , fried ,refined foods ,cake pastries, maida, pickles ,strong tea and coffee etc. 

Home remedy :- 

Basil leaves extract or whole leaves is a good remedy for malaria . 

Just extract the juice of 10-12 leaves of basil and add ½ tsp of black pepper in it . 

Consume it with honey or water. Patient will get  great relief from this remedy .

Squeeze juice of one lemon in 1 glass of water and drink it daily.

Ginger tea helps in decreasing the fever.

Protection and Prevention :-  It is said that " Prevention is better than Cure". It is very true in the case of malaria. Keep your place clean, dry and hygienic. Never allow water to store in or near your house. Mosquito nets are considered to be beneficial in preventing mosquito bites.

Mosquito repellents can prevent malarial infection but sometimes they do allergy to sensitive skin . So use whatever is comfortable.

Warning - Malaria is a serious condition -Always consult a doctor. Home cure for malaria prescribed here are in addition to and not a substitute for professional medical check up.

 Dr. Suman Setia , BAMS , DNHE,PGDHHM

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Last Modified: July 26, 2016 04:09 AM
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