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Dr. Bonnie Furner
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Leishmaniasis (Overview)

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 being a skin infection.


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Are there any places that you generally will not find leishmaniasis?

Are there any places that you generally will not find leishmaniasis?

A few: There has never been a report of leishmaniasis (a protozoan parasite) in Australia, the Pacific islands, or Antarctica. It has been identified in every other part of the world. Although rare, leishmaniasis has been diagnosed in the US, mostly in people who had traveled internationally. ...Read more

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Dr. Bonnie Furner
66 doctors shared insights

Leishmaniasis (Overview)

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 being a skin infection.


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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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I caught leishmaniasis 2 years ago and threated it with some injections and now there is no sign of it over my body, is there other consciquences?

I caught leishmaniasis 2 years ago and threated it with some injections and now there is no sign of it over my body, is there other consciquences?

If u were treated: Fully, and u just had the skin and mucosa involvement, i won't worry about it. Even if ur internal organs were affected and u were treated at an early stage, there should be no concern for any long term adverse effects.Follow up with ur pcp for any concern.God bless u! ithttp://www.Cdc.Gov/parasites/leishmaniasis/epi.Html. ...Read more

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WHO states on their site that there is no diagnostic test for Mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis. How would one get diagnosed then for this disease?

There are tests: You can test for the parasite, or the parasites DNA through skin biopsy. There are some serologic tests available too. I looked on the WHO website. It does not say that there are no diagnostic tests. I think you may have misunderstood what was said. ...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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Does any one know a treatment for leishmaniasis?

Many: It can be treated with pentostam, glucantime, amphotericin b, and pentamidine. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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My pediatrician says my child may have mucocutaneous leishmaniasis, but I don't understand. What does it mean?

Parasitic infection: Leishmaniasis = parasitic infection transmitted by bite of infected sand flies. In mucocutaneous forms it may start with skin sores which can develop into ulcers with inflamed lymph nodes. Inadequately treated or untreated it can lead to nose & throat lesions with congestion & nose bleeds. It can eventually destroy tissue of the nose or throat. Sometimes skin & mucosal lesions are simultaneous. ...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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What is the best treatment for leishmaniasis?

Stigbogluconate: The treatment may vary depending on the location of the infection. Discuss with your doctor. ...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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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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Will over-the-counter insect repellant prevent sandfly bites and leishmaniasis infection?

Will over-the-counter insect repellant prevent sandfly bites and leishmaniasis infection?

Possibly...: This answer can best be found on the labels of the 'insect repellants'; read them to find out. I do not believe there is a repellant for leshmaniasis though. ...Read more

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What is leishmaniasis?

An infection: Leishmaniasis is an infectious disease that is caused by a tiny little one celled creature that lives in insects in tropical climates. One form is found in iraq and syria, and causes a skin sore. Another form can cause intestinal disease and even death, and is found in south america. Both forms are transmitted by an insect bite, and can be treated well, if diagnosed early. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get leishmaniasis?

Infectious Disease: A tough question to answer in short but i'll try. In the US leishmaniasis is not often seen. It is a caused by a protozoa transmitted by the female sandfly. In certain areas of the world it can be common. Insect control practices can greatly reduce the chances of a person being bitten (and getting the disease). There are many forms of the disease and it can be very difficult to treat. ...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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How long are the stages of leishmaniasis?

Weeks to years: The first stage may last weeks to months depending on treatment. It affects skin. Recividans occurs years later in the skin and post-kazar can occur years later affecting skin and internal organs. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Kala Azar (Definition)

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