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Doctor insights on: Schistosomiasis In Children

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What is schistosomiasis?

What is schistosomiasis?

A Trematode disease: Schistosomiasis is a disease cause by one of several types of this worm that lives with its mate in a state of eternal copulation in the veins draining from the intestine or urinary bladder. The disease is not due to the procreating adults but rather our immune reaction to the eggs that wind up in the liver causing cirrhosis or in the urinary bladder causing blood in the urine or scarred bladder. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Schistosomiasis (Definition)

Parasites that live in fresh water in many areas of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. They can infect you simply by entering through intact (healthy) skin, travels througout your body, and can cause problems years later. International travelers should check both the CDC website and with their travel medicine provider to learn ...Read more


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Can schistosomiasis be cured?

Rx 4 schistosomiasis: Traditionally, schistosomiasis (regardless of strain like s. Haematobium, s.Intercalatum, s.Japonicum, s.Mansoni, s.Mekongi, & even for toxemic schisto with massive infection by schisto) is treated with praziquantel. For possible praziquantel-resistance, oxamniquine is offered. Metrifonate may work alternatively for s.Haematobium. Prevention is best, but if infected please speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can you die from schistosomiasis?

Schistosomiasis bad: Chronic schistosomiasis is the inflammatory response caused by schistosome eggs deposited in intestine, carried to liver by way of portal circulation, or that reach the lungs or other sites thru the bloodstream. The degree of pathology depends on the worm burden & the host's immune response but can result in varices with bleed, ascites, lung fibrosis, & diseases of gallbladder, kidney, appendix. ...Read more

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Do a lot of people get schistosomiasis?

Schisto Epidemiology: Different strains of schistosomiasis are widespread in Africa and multiple areas of latin america, far east, china, coastal river valleys in japan, numerous islands of the philippines, indochina, and in foci of the middle east. They enter human skin when contact is made during bathing, fishing, or other water-related activities in the above regions. ...Read more

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What are the tests for schistosomiasis?

What are the tests for schistosomiasis?

Blood or tissue: The best test is finding the characteristic eggs in the stool, rectal biopsy, urine, urinary bladder or liver. Antibody tests are available but less useful. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of schistosomiasis bad?

Can be: Usually chronic, not acute. Acute: pain, cough, fever, diarrhea, fatigue., genital sores. Chronic: above, also rarely neurologic problems, including paralysis; also scarring of liver-causes big liver, spleen, varicose veins of esophagus or stomach (can cause life-threatening bleed), lung and kidney problems; can increase risk for bladder cancer, colon polyps. At risk? See your doc, get checked, rx. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of schistosomiasis?

What are the symptoms of schistosomiasis?

Depends: The symptoms of schisto depends where the adults are procreating and producing eggs. S. Mansoni in the colon veins causes disease when the eggs wash backwards into the liver and if enough are there can cause cirrhosis of the liver. S. Haemotobium is near the urinary bladder and eggs in. The bladder wall can cause blood in the urine and scarring of the bladder. The adults do not cause symptoms. ...Read more

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Can I die from schistosomiasis if I ignore it?

Can die from schisto: Chronic schistosomiasis is the inflammatory response caused by schistosome eggs carried to liver by way of portal circulation, or that reach the lungs or other sites thru the bloodstream. The degree of pathology (& associated risk of dying) depends on worm burden & the host's immune response but can result in varices with bleed, ascites, lung fibrosis, & diseases of gallbladder, kidney, appendix. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my schistosomiasis go away?

It take time: Treatment before significant damage or severe complications occur usually produces good results. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to getting schistosomiasis?

Exposure: Parasitic illness, "snail fever". Endemic in some parts of africa, caribbean, middle east, asia, s. America. Depending on type can cause liver or urinary problems. Exposure to standing fresh water- (including man-made lakes, either from work, recreation, domestic chores. Avoidance is key on an individual level; bigger issues on a societal level. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: schistosomiasis?

What is the definition or description of: schistosomiasis?

Shistosoma infection: Shistosoma are parasites which live in fresh water in many areas of africa, asia, and the middle east. The parasite can infected you simply by entering through intact (healthy) skin. The parasite travels througout your body and can cause problems years later. International travelers should check both the cdc website and with their travel medicne provider to learn how to protect themselves. ...Read more

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Who treats schistosomiasis, and what is the history of the disease?

ID docs: It is acquired from fresh water harboring the cerebral form. The adult worms wind up in the venous system of the colon or urinary bladder depending on the type of worm. The disease is due to the body's reaction to the eggs, either in the liver causing cirrhosis or in the urinary bladder causing scarring there. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for schistosomiasis?

Praziquantel: The anti-parastitic drug Praziquantel is highly effective. ...Read more

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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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Where to buy praziquantel schistosomiasis?

Praziquantel: Praziqantel (biltricide) is a prescription only medicine. You should be able to get it from your pharmacy if you bring a prescription from your doctor. ...Read more

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Can Schistosomiasis be spread through unprotected sex?

Can Schistosomiasis be spread through unprotected sex?

It can but: Shistosomiasis can travel from urethra to the vagina. Then might find a way to the bladder or inside the abdomen or if there is a cut it might find a way through the blood to the liver or other vital organs.
it is not classified as STD because it can be transmitted without sex as well
if it is live in somebody's urine it can be mixed withe the sperm and lay in the vagina, then find a way inside. ...Read more

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If the male does not have Schistosomiasis, what may cause blood and crystals to be present in urine?

If the male does not have Schistosomiasis, what may cause blood and crystals to be present in urine?

Hematuria: Several things can cause blood and crystals, schistosomiasis would be probably the last thing I would think of. Dehydration, over exercise, kidney stones are just a few more common things. An evaluation by a urologist may be helpful for you. ...Read more

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At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about schistosomiasis. Is that ok?

No: It is unclear whether you have been treated or not; which type of schistosome you were infected with and how heavily; how long you had the disease before treatment; and other factors which will help your doctor decide whether you need further management and follow-up. Give your physician all the details. ...Read more

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I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eat him in my husband and me?

I am married in 1 year no children en problem in my health would you eat that type of food can be eat him in my husband and me?

Chocolate: This is not scientific but neither is having babies! Try anything chocolate. Eat romantic foods. Avoid alcohol and stimulants. Relax. Enjoy being married without children. The more you relax and enjoy your spouse the better your marriage will be and the more prepared you we be to be a parent. You are learning patience and you will need it! OB doctors have solutions for you when wanted ...Read more

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I can have children?

I can have children?

Hopefully: If you want to have children but are not trying presently, there are some tests that can help tell you more. But the only way to absolutely prove one way or another is to attempt pregnancy with your partner. See your gynecologist: they can help you with the available tests. ...Read more

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Why children feel giddy?

Why children feel giddy?

Vertigo?: Many children get very dizzy at times without definite cause. Some are due to ear infections or ear fluid pressure. Other times it may happen because of spinning around. Episodic vertigo is a very dramatic event in some children when they look terrified and have to hold on for a few moments, then return to normal. This is usually benign but needs a good evaluation. ...Read more

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Why can't I have children?

Why can't I have children?

Consultation time: Time to consult with your ob/gyn or get a referral to a fertility center. Both you & your partner need to be evaluated. There are many possible issues & many available solutions. ...Read more

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Is 40 to old to have children?

Is 40 to old to have children?

Maybe, maybe not: Many women are quite successful in their pregnancies at 40.There is some reduced fertility & increased risk of complications, but if your basic health is good & you understand the increased risk of down syndrome, I don't see any reason to say it's too late. ...Read more

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What stops you from having children?

What stops you from having children?

STD's and PID: Sexually transmitted diseases can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. PID can lead to later infertility. ...Read more