We all hate everything about it- its annoying sound and that moment it actually bites us, sucks our blood and infects us with malaria. Mosquitoes! Undoubtedly one of the world’s most hated insects. But no matter how we all try to avoid it, it seems to get ever closer, posing serious dangers to health in the process. Chances are that you know someone who has died of malaria no thanks to mosquitoes’ uninvited visits. Over the weekend I lost a good friend to this dangerous disease. It pained me so greatly and made me think about ways I could help prevent [at least] someone else from dying because of mosquitoes.  So I decided to write this, basically to specify tips on what you must do in order to keep as much as those tiny but dangerous insects as far away from you as possible. Read on below to learn.

YOU MUST PROTECT YOURSELF FROM MOSQUITOES

 Just as it is the case with every other disease, the surest bet to avoid malaria and its deadly effects is to prevent being beaten by mosquitoes. This may seem like an almost impossible feat, but I assure you that you can do by following some basic, simple steps. Mosquitoes thrive in dirty waters and other wet, human environments such as small bushes and drainage around the house. You must ensure that such breeding spaces for the insect are made inhabitable for them. This you can do by simply keeping your environment clean. Also, there is the need for homes to have mosquito-treated nets, on the windows and even the major entrances to homes as a way of warding off the unwelcomed “guests”. Also, these same nets can be used in the bedroom around the bed spaces. Usually, parents take initiative of these. But just in case yours do not, make it your responsibility to remind them to.

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Other means through which teenagers can protect themselves against mosquito bites is to wear protective clothing while sleeping. This is because I recognize the fact that some teens live in homes that are poorly built, homes that afford mosquitoes easy access. Some families cannot even afford to get mosquito nets even though they wish too. And some even live in slums which are always [unavoidably?]dirty. I take all of that into consideration, which is why I am proposing the alternative of covering yourself while you sleep. This may come with a major disadvantage though- the heat. Yet I suggest that you endure the heat and avoid the deadly malaria.

Insecticides can also help keep the mosquitoes away. There are various kinds of insecticides made for mosquitoes. Fortunately, most of them are affordable; meaning that your family can easily afford them. But please do not make the mistake of misusing the insecticides. Remember that they are harmful chemicals which could cause deadly harm just the same way they hurt the insects.

TREAT THE SYMPTOMS OF MOSQUITO BITES

The truth is that not all mosquito bites results in malaria. Yet, we should never joke with any mosquito bite. Every year, nearly three million people die all over the world as a result of malaria, a direct cause of mosquito bites. Most of such deaths happen here in the tropics; in Nigeria to be specific. But then again these deaths are more as a result of how the malaria infestations are treated. Most people do not even know that they are suffering from malaria and as a result go about treating a headache, a cold or something else. This is therefore the reason why you must go to the hospital the moment you feel the symptoms of malaria which I shall list below-

  • Shaking Chills That Can Range From Moderate To Severe.
  • High Fever.
  • Profuse Sweating.
  • Shaking Chills That Can Range From Moderate To Severe.
  • High Fever.
  • Profuse Sweating.
  • Anemia

Ensure to stay safe from mosquito bites and treat your malaria symptoms appropriately. Make sure not to self-mediate. Be well.

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