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Dr. Bonnie Furner
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Leishmaniasis (Overview)

Leishmaniasis is 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
65 doctors shared insights

Leishmaniasis (Overview)

Leishmaniasis is 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?

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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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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