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10-27-2013 08:25 AM
Re: Malaria

I'm currently in Afghanistan, and we take doxy every day. We have had several cases within our unit, always of guys who blew off the daily pill. I was in Haiti many years ago and took Larium. The dreams (and hallucinations for those who would intentionally take too many) were pretty unreal.

The Army is pretty active on preventative treatment. With the doxy, we are warned to keep taking it several weeks after redeployment. Apparently it only counters the parasite in the blood. The liver can retain them for a certain period of time.

10-23-2013 03:46 PM
Re: Malaria

When we went to Belize we didn't take any pills because we were on an island. Then my wife wanted to see some jaguars (cats, not cars) and we went inland for awhile. We were lucky I guess, April didn't seem to be prime for bugs there. We got bit a LOT less than you would on a summer day on our island at home.
10-23-2013 03:43 PM
Re: Malaria

Originally Posted by Coquina View Post
How much tonic water do you have to drink to keep malaria away anyway?
A whole bottle?
There is not enough quinine in tonic water to make a dent in the Plasmodium population. And the sugar in the tonic just feeds them. Quinine tablets are by far the best because the parasites can't become immune to such complex chemical mixtures (quinine contains several active alkaloids that kill plasmodium parasites). It is still drug of choice for the most severe cases of malaria.
Malaria is no joke - it is likely #1 killer of people over the ages.
Quinine is also effective for other tropical parasites. It can be taken in smaller doses when you are exposed to malaria carriers. As a side benefit, when you take quinine or any other bitter herbs (like neem or wormwood), your blood is less appetizing to mosquitoes and you don't get bitten as often. Sugar has the opposite effect.
10-22-2013 09:06 AM
Re: Malaria

Originally Posted by zeehag View Post
these days the actuality of dengue i s more probable than the possibility of malaria.
i know of no one taking prophylactic antimalarial drugs other than gin and tonic
I agree, Dengue is terrible and it is spreading.

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With me that would be a problem, mosquitos love my blood, smell or whatever. I am always the one with more bites, by far


10-21-2013 04:06 PM
Re: Malaria

How much tonic water do you have to drink to keep malaria away anyway?
A whole bottle?
10-21-2013 02:42 PM
Re: Malaria

I had issues with Larium both times and only took it in West Africa when the concentration of Malaria was high. I have not taken it anywhere else and never had an issue as long as used DET and careful with nets and screens. I don't think I slept during the first two doses of Larium and when I did, the dreams were awful. I think I will be super careful and take my chances, but the prophylactic drugs are out for me.
09-01-2013 07:08 AM
Re: Malaria

Doxycyclin taken daily is probably the most common antimalarial with the least side effects - the biggest I found was increased sensitivity to sunlight. If I was taking Doxycyclin I would also have a malaria test kit as the drug doesn't always stop the disease.
08-29-2013 11:55 PM
Capt Len
Re: Malaria

I hear that some of the pills for sale in rural SE Asia have so little active whatever in them that they're worse than useless. We always stock up in Canada for any unforseen and also expected medical situations.Mosquito born bad things? best avoid the bite. Camping from Belize to Laos for 18 years and the worse I got was toe fungus.
08-29-2013 11:40 PM
Re: Malaria

When I first took my caving buddies to Abaco, we had to take this old cruise ship MV discovery from Lauderdale to Freeport (my boat was there). The ship was crowded with tourists catching rays up in the sun. My caving friends abhor the sunlight and gathered under an awning being bored............until they discovered the tiny access hallways and other supposedly inacessible places.

Later, when we finally got to Marsh Harbor there was a sailboat whose captain kept complaining about a stuffing box leak because nobody could reach it. Never tell a caver that "Nobody can crawl in there" cuz he'll prove you wrong.
Matt went in under the oil pan and Chris over the top of the engine. No problem tightening that stuffing box.

Of course, they are the reason I drove the rental car down that 4wd road to Hole in the Wall lighthouse (30 miles of it). There are caves at Hole in the Wall. We later spent two hours buffing out that old chevy Malibu rental to hide the scratches and dents. On a later trip with my wife, I asked the rental car guy if I could drive one of his cars to Hole inthe Wall and he looked at me like I'm crazy and yelled "HELL NO" and acted like he was gonna hit me.

There are also caves at Little Harbor near Petes Pub, impressive entrances but unimpressive caves.
08-29-2013 11:13 PM
Re: Malaria

We explored the Mulu caves in Borneo. Another good reason to set sail for Asia. Damn the mosquitos, full speed ahead!
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