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Does high fever with cold & back pain suggest malaria?

My husband aged 29, height 5 feet 7inches, 68kg.. is suffering from fever since 2 days. Last night he had a fever of 102*c and was feeling cold. Besides this he also had a back pain during fever. He's had 3 panadol tablets since yesterday for the fever. What should i do? Is this malaria?
Tue, 22 Jul 2014
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Hello,
Welcome to HCM,

The history and symptoms of your husband suggest me that he is having some infection. There are may conditions which can lead to these symptoms ranging they may be viral infection, bacterial infection, fungal infection and parasitic infections like Malaria.

But these should be diagnosed by different lab investigations. To confirm malaria he need to undergo peripheral smear, CBC and QBC. These investigations can reveal regarding presence of malaria.

The symptoms are more tin favor of viral fever rather than a malaria. He requires
1. Antipyretics like Paracetamol, 650 mg, three times a day
2. NSAIDS like Tab Ibuprofen, will help to reduce the pain.
3. Drink plenty of water.
4. Adequate rest is required.
Thank you.
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