Unusual symptoms or how it may have impacted you after the infection had passed

Malaria can have some long-term impacts on one’s health that were not previously linked to it. My study of some of my friend’s kids prone to malaria from a young age can lead to a lower or weaker immune response as some of the key cells to fighting off diseases are damaged by the parasites. Malaria can decrease cognitive function as the plasmodium falciparum parasite triggers changes in the brain cell structures and cells. This leads to poor moto or communication skills, frequent seizures, heightened risks of ADHD, or poor visual. At times, malaria can have unusual symptoms or complications such as shock characterized by a rapid decrease in blood pressure or blood sugar, jaundice, liver or kidney failure, and spleen swelling.

Ieva Kubiliute is a psychologist and a sex and relationships advisor and a freelance writer. She's also a consultant to several health and wellness brands. While Ieva specialises in covering wellness topics ranging from fitness and nutrition, to mental wellbeing, sex and relationships and health conditions, she has written across a diverse range of lifestyle topics, including beauty and travel. Career highlights so far include: luxury spa-hopping in Spain and joining an £18k-a-year London gym. Someone’s got to do it! When she’s not typing away at her desk—or interviewing experts and case studies, Ieva winds down with yoga, a good movie and great skincare (affordable of course, there’s little she doesn’t know about budget beauty). Things that bring her endless joy: digital detoxes, oat milk lattes and long country walks (and sometimes jogs).

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