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Malaria (cont.)

Self-Care at Home

Malaria requires prescription medications and can be fatal if left untreated. Milder cases of malaria are treated at home with oral medications and fluids. Severe infections require IV drug therapy.

People who have malaria should drink lots of fluids. Hydration will not treat or cure malaria, but it will reduce side effects associated with dehydration.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/23/2014

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