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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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer