How to protect yourself
Mosquito bites not only leave you red and itchy, they can also spread deadly diseases, such as malaria.
If you are travelling to a malaria area, make sure you protect yourself properly. Methods such as homeopathic remedies or electric buzzers have no scientific evidence of effectiveness1, so the best thing to do is to follow the “ABCD” approach, recommended by the NHS:
The 2 most important principles are2:
1. Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes
Bite prevention is still the best approach to take, here are some of the ways you can protect yourself from mosquito bites:
- Use a DEET-based insect repellent with a concentration of over 20% on exposed areas of the skin
- Wear clothing that covers most of the body, especially at dawn and after sunset as this is the time when mosquitoes are most active
- Sleep in a room with screened windows and doors or under a mosquito net (it is preferable to sleep under a mosquito net treated with insecticide if possible)
- Close windows and doors at sunset, if they are not screened
- Sleep in a room with air-conditioning or a fan, as mosquitoes are less active in cooler temperatures
- Consider using an insecticide (mats, spray, plug-ins) to clear a room of insects or to stop mosquitoes from entering the room
- Do not rely on natural or homeopathic remedies. There is no scientific proof that they can prevent or treat malaria
2. Make sure you are protected from malaria, in case you are bitten
Take control before you travel. Plan ahead and start a course of antimalarial tablets before you embark on your trip.
Maloff Protect should be taken 1 or 2 days before you go, and will help your system fight off malaria parasites effectively from the moment you land.
To maintain this protection, you should take Maloff Protect at the same time every day that you are in an area with malaria, and for 7 days after you get home or reach a malaria-free destination.
Visit your local pharmacy to make sure Maloff Protect is the best option for the area you’re travelling to.
If you develop symptoms (even up to a year after travelling) and you think it could be malaria, see a doctor immediately and let them know where you’ve visited.
Whilst you’re away, seek medical attention immediately if you start showing any malaria symptoms. Remember, if left untreated, malaria can become fatal — which is why prevention is the most sensible approach, so you can relish every minute of your trip.
1. National Health Service. 2015. NHS choices. Malaria-Prevention. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/malaria/Pages/Prevention.aspx. Accessed 10 October 2016.
2. National Health Service. 2015. NHS choices. Malaria. http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/malaria/Pages/Introduction.aspx. Accessed 10 October 2016.