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Doctor insights on: Guinea Worm

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Can the guinea worm cause disease?

Yes indeed: Thankfully it is almost extinct thanks to science. ...Read more

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How serious is an infection with the guinea worm?

How serious is an infection with the guinea worm?

Depends: Guinea worm disease is one of disorders at the verge of being eradicated, thanks, in part to the efforts of President Carter. It does not occur in the US. See this site for information about the disease. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/guineaworm/disease.html ...Read more

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What symptoms are associated with a guinea worm infection?

What symptoms are associated with a guinea worm infection?

Skin masses: These are very distinctive for dracunculiasis. The worm presents no other signs / symptoms. Get it managed by someone who knows what they are doing. Today is is EXTREMELY uncommon. If you were given the diagnosis by an "independent medical thinker" and do not have skin lesions, then please see an evidence-based physician. ...Read more

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Has a Guinea worm (Dracunculiasis) ever infiltrated a person's brain? If so, what kind of damage can it cause?

Has a Guinea worm (Dracunculiasis) ever infiltrated a person's brain? If so, what kind of damage can it cause?

Often fatal: Cerebral infiltration by this organism is often fatal in a relatively short amount of time. Brain infection is unusual but can happen. Dracunculus medinensis doesn't have a universally recognized treatment that destroys it so prevention is the best form of defense. This parasitic infection may be the next human infirmity to be eradicated from the planet in the company of smallpox. ...Read more

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Can guinea worms be diagnosed by a stool exam?

Can guinea worms be diagnosed by a stool exam?

No: Guinea worm comes out through the skin. See this site for more info. http://www.who.int/dracunculiasis/disease/en/. ...Read more

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What to do 4 ring worm?

What to do 4 ring worm?

Anti fungal cream: Buy over the counter anti-fungal cream like Clotrimazole and apply it twice a day for 10-14 days. If it doesn't resolve or if it worsens see your doctor. ...Read more

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Does a ring worm itch ?

Does a ring worm itch ?

Yes, but not always: Typically ringworm does tch. I've seen some patients who do not complain of itching (especially early on). They an otc antifngal cream on the skin to see if that will help. If you are worried about it in the scalp, be sure to see your doctor. ...Read more

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How do you get ring worm ?

How do you get ring worm ?

Contact: From contact with an animal, person or item(like pillowcase etc) that is infected. It is contagious. ...Read more

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Do grown up get pin worms.

Anyone can get them: Pinworms do not know your age. They are fairly contagious so if one person in a family gets them everyone gets treated. ...Read more

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Can my pully give me worms?

Can my pully give me worms?

Possible: Some infections that can be transmitted from dogs to humans include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms & whipworms. ...Read more