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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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Are guinea worm infections almost eradicated?

Are guinea worm infections almost eradicated?

Almost: President Carter has been leading the effort to eradicate guinea worm. You may consult this site for information: https://www.cartercenter.org/health/guinea_worm/index.html ...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?

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

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How can you treat ring worm?

Depends: The successful treatment of this process varies with the location. For most skin surfaces there are topical liquids/lotions available over the counter including lotrimin (clotrimazole). Applied twice daily this will often cure simple ringworm. When the infection is in the scalp or nal, an oral prescription med is often required. ...Read more

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Can hook worms enter organs?

Can hook worms enter organs?

Yes: The larvae (immature form of the worm) get into the skin. The larvae move to the lungs via the bloodstream and enter the airways. The worms are about 1/2 inch long. After traveling up the windpipe, the larva are swallowed. After the larvae are swallowed, they infect the small intestine. They develop into adult worms, live there for 1 or more years. Adult worms and larvae r released in the feces. ...Read more

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What is red worms in humans?

What is red worms in humans?

Parasites: Over 100 parasites can live in a human. I don't know which parasite is being referred to but a medical evaluation would likely be able to make a diagnosis. Depending on site of the parasite - particular tests may be needed. ...Read more

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Can you get worms from a dog?

Can you get worms from a dog?

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

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Can I get tape worms from pet?

Can I get tape worms from pet?

Not likely: A person may get tape worms from eating improperly cooked, beef, pork or fish. ...Read more

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What's a schistosomiasis worm?

What's a schistosomiasis worm?

Cause of schisto: It's the worm that causes shistosomiasis. The lucky male and female worm live in your blood vessels near the bladder or liver "in copulo" (a state of perpetual copulation), the smaller male worm living in the larger female's "gynecophoric canal." because of all this prolific sexual activity, the female then releases millions of eggs per day, which are the cause of the disease. ...Read more

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What do you do for ring worm ?

What do you do for ring worm  ?

Anti fungal : Try Clotrimazole cream (over the counter, sold usually for "athletes foot"). If not better in 5 days see your doctor. May need full month of treatment for it to completely go away. ...Read more

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