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Dr. Bonnie Furner
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Leishmaniasis (Definition)

Leishmaniasis is an infectious disease caused by a parasite that is transmitted by the sandfly found in many tropical and sub-tropical countries. There are several different forms of the infection, with the most common ...Read more


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What are the tests for leishmaniasis?

Parasites/ DNA: Leishmaniasis can be diagnosed when parasites or their dna are seen in a light microscope. For cutaneous leishmaniasis – tissue from a skin lesion is evaluated. For visceral leishmaniasis – bone marrow is examined. Serological testing can assist with diagnosis for visceral leishmaniasis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of leishmaniasis?

Skin & Viscera: Some people with leishmaniasis have silent infections. Cutaneous leishmaniasis may start with skin sores like bumps which eventually can develop into ulcers. People with visceral leishmaniasis may have fever, enlarged abdomen (due to swelling of spleen & liver) & weight loss. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of leishmaniasis?

Variable forms: Some people with leishmaniasis have silent infections. Cutaneous leishmaniasis may start with skin sores like bumps which eventually can develop into ulcers. Lymph nodes may become very inflammed. People with visceral leishmaniasis may have fever, enlarged abdomen (due to swelling of spleen & liver) & weight loss. ...Read more

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Is leishmaniasis contagious?

Is leishmaniasis contagious?

Leishmaniasis: Leishmaniasis is considered to be contagious between people. Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc. Leishmaniasis, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene. ...Read more

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What is the cure for leishmaniasis?

Multiple: A few different medications may be used: medicines called antimony-containing compounds are the main drugs used to treat leishmaniasis. These include: meglumine antimoniate sodium stibogluconate other drugs that may be used include: amphotericin b ketoconazole miltefosine paromomycin pentamidine. ...Read more

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Can I take zinc to treat leishmaniasis?

Can I take zinc to treat leishmaniasis?

Yes: But i highly doubt it will do anything. It's not been shown to be effective or approved for leishmaniasis treatment. ...Read more

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Can leishmaniasis cause premature births?

It's possible: This potentially devastating parasitic infection can cause miscarriage and stillbirth in addition to infecting and damaging many parts of the body, including liver, spleen, bone marrow, respiratory tract, skin, and mucus membranes. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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