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Have I caught a third world illness?

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  • Posted By: Wanderlust
  • March 18, 2009
  • 04:25 AM

This past year, I have been suffering from what can best be described as an "acute fever" (accompanied by other symptoms which I will get to later).

One minute I will be going about my day in perfect health then- BANG- I will experience a sudden fever and splitting headache, accompanied by sweats and, on some occasions, shivers. My fever will only last from 1-3 days and I will have no other flu like symptoms (like sore throat or stuffy nose). My temperature will range from 99.6 - 101.

My latest bout of "acute fever" (which I am currently suffering) has lasted for about 2 days now, and I also have a red, itchy, bumpy rash on either side of my hip, as well as on the backs of my knees. The moment my fever hit, I felt extremely dizzy and had a splitting headache... This dizzy feeling and headache comes and goes. I have occasional stomach pains and I am a bit constipated (no diarrhea whatsoever). I have also experienced sweats as well. My fever has ranged between 99.6 - 100.2

I am a 30 year old female and I have no chronic illnesses.

I have traveled to several "third world countries", and most of them are rampant with malaria: Madagascar and Indonesia are the last places I traveled to. When I traveled to these countries, I would stay in the local villages so I very well could have eaten/drank contaminated food/water. I also surfed in the local waters as well.

Could this be malaria? I have researched the symptoms, and I cannot find any that would explain the rash that I have as well.

Again, my symptoms: mild fever, occasional abdominal pain, sweats, rash on sides of hips/back of knees, and headache... This "fever outbreak" happens about once every 3 months and lasts for only 1-3 days.

Can anybody help explain what this obscure disease/virus this could be?

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  • Can't explain the rash but sounds like malaria otherwise.Rash might be something totally different.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies Flag this Response
  • Skin allergies are symmetrical.Are you on any meds?If not,it could be a food allergy.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies Flag this Response
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