Hi guys.

Hope you’ve had a swell week so far. The Third Mainland Bridge repairs have taken a huge toll on Lagosians. I am a thousand percent sure that many will come down with “malaria” in this period. 😂 This is our topic today.

In the next couple of posts, we will discuss at length how to differentiate Malaria from Typhoid, Respiratory Tract Infections and STRESS. Does it seem strange that I added stress to that list? 🤔

Believe me, it is not. (I love this picture, by the way. His facial expressions are so apt) 😀

During my years in the consulting room. I recall so clearly how many times I simply listened to my patients’ complaints/issues, gave analgesics to some and helped them understand that what they had was not malaria. All they needed was a listening ear, good food and rest for a couple of days.

Honestly, it is frustrating when we doctors encounter patients who are so convinced that it is malaria to the exclusion of everything else. So, sometimes, doctors have no choice but to heave a heavy sigh and prescribe the antimalarial they know you don’t need.

Because you are unshakeable in your belief that the drug would work, you take it and within a couple of days, you feel better. This is called the “placebo effect” in medicine. If you haven’t heard this before, Google is your friend. 😋

The disadvantage of this is that you gradually develop resistance to the drugs inevitably, making it increasingly more difficult to treat, not just yourself, but others.

I know the next question would then be, “how do I tell whether it’s malaria or not?” Stay glued to this blog and your curiosity would be satisfied in a short bit.😉

Stay blessed and have fun till we meet again. Bye!

If you have any comments or contributions on today’s topic, be quick to send me a mail at feedback@healthcare-ng.com I will be glad to read from you and answer all your questions.

Author: Dr. Lola Odubitan, MBBS

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