Filariasis is an infectious parasitic disease of humans and animals caused by the parasite filariae, which are roundworms. It is a tropical infection. Wuchereria bancrofti cause lymphatic filariasis leading to elephantiasis characterized by swollen leg with disfigurement. Men with filariasis suffer from hydrocele. There are also serous cavity and subcutaneous filariasis. Albendazole, Ivermectin, Diethylcarbamazine, and Doxycycline are found effective against filariasis.
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Why do I have swelling in my calf muscle without pain?
Query: Hello doctor,I have had a swollen calf muscle for the past three weeks. I am not having any pain, but it feels a bit numb sometimes. Doppler study of the left lower limb came out normal. I consulted an orthopedic, and he prescribed Flexura D twice a day, Pan 40 mg once a day, and ME12-OD vitamin B12... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I need few more details like, was the swelling a sudden onset? Did you get any trauma or injury? Do you have any other health condition like diabetes, hypertension, renal, or cardiac problem? If everything is fine, then it might be due to primary lymphedema, tr... Read Full »
Can I continue Banocide for a swelling on the testicle?
Query: Hi doctor, About a month ago, I suddenly noticed a grape size swelling on the top of my right testicle. It is not attached to the testis, but above it towards the top of the scrotal sack. I went to a urologist and he asked me to do an USG. The USG showed a thickened right spermatic cord with cystic ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the details you have sent, I believe that you had an attack of epididymitis and funiculitis (spermatic cord inflammation), which is usually due to filarial infection. The treating doctor has correctly prescribed Banocide (Diethyl carbamazine), which you should... Read Full »
Kindly suggest some preventive measures for elephantiasis.
Query: Hi doctor, Two of my neighbors are infected with elephantiasis. I am afraid as mosquitos are frequent in our area. Please suggest me the measures of prevention. Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Filariasis is transmitted by culex mosquito. So, I appreciate your knowledge that you know filariasis transmitted by mosquito bite. The most efficient first step for prevention is to avoid mosquito bites by using personal protection measures. Use skin cream ava... Read Full »
My mother is suffering from acute leg pain. Filaria & femur fracture in right leg. Any suggestions for relief?
Query: Hello doctor, My mother aged 80 years is suffering from acute leg pain. She is a patient of filariasis in right leg and also femur fracture in the same leg. Reports of all recently done tests are normal. Please advice. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. What the patient needs to do is: Keep the affected leg elevated over two pillows. Take tablet Orthal forte thrice a day for three days. Take tablet Carnitor 500 mg twice a day for three days. Revert back with the x-rays and reports to an orthopaedician a... Read Full »