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Guniea Worm Infection
Depends on the worm: There are several different worm sp's that may infect humans. Different anthelmintics (worm medicines) are used based on the worm. Stool needs to be checked by your doctor/lab & depending on the worm medications like albendazole, Ivermectin &/or pyrantel pamoate are used. Some worms are paralyzed & passed others killed & passed. No resistance develops and reinfection if exposure risk continues. ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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
If Treated: Properly treated with antibiotics, things usually get better in about 1 week. Be sure to follow all the instructions properly. ...Read more
Worms: Infection by a type of parasitic worm called a tapeworm, usually from consuming poorly cooked contaminated meat. The worm latches onto the intestinal wall, and its free end will grow and break off into proglottids that can become new worms if the feces contaminates food eaten by others. ...Read more
None: There are no over the counter medications for parasitic infections. ...Read more
I have a skin infection that had been going on for a while and it's getting worse, I think it's ring worm but I'm not sure.
Hard to say: Hard to say much without more detailed history and a photo. If you think it looks like ringworm and you don't have a fever or rapidly progressing rash, try an over the counter antifungal for a week. Generic Clotrimasole will work. Continue for several weeks twice a day until clear. If at any point it worsens again, you will need to be seen. I hear great things about your health system! ...Read more
Absolutely: A number of agents are available but have yourself tested to make sure the worm in question is sensitive. Have you been to a third world country lately. This would be a vital bit of info for your physician. ...Read more
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