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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Onchocerciasis

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Who knows about onchocerciasis?

Who knows about onchocerciasis?

I wish more did: Onchocerciasis is a dread disease in which worms bearing bacteria cause blindness and spotty skin lesions. In some communities, all adults are blind and they are led by children. Robert mcnamara, remorseful architect of the vietnam war, did more than anyone else to control this dread illness, but it remains a serious problem in much of the tropics. ...Read more

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What is the disease onchocerciasis?

What is the disease onchocerciasis?

River Blindness: Onchocerciasis is a parasitic disease also known as river blindness. It is transmitted by black fly bites. Infection causes dermatitis, keratitis and chorioretinitis causing reduced vision and chronic skin disease. ...Read more

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What is the regional spread of onchocerciasis?

Eye and Skin: Onchocerciasis is an eye and skin disease. Symptoms are caused by the microfilariae, which move around the human body in the subcutaneous tissue and induce intense inflammatory responses, especially when they die. Infected people may have severe itching and various skin lesions. In most cases, nodules develop under the skin. Some may develop eye lesions which can lead visual impairment or blindnes ...Read more

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How did our ancestors on the prairie treat onchocerciasis?

How did our ancestors on the prairie treat onchocerciasis?

Cut the nodules: No doubt , there's was no Ivermectin or Doxycycline for them to offer their patients. However, surgical nodulectomy of the onchocercoma was performed even then . They would simply make a small opening into the bump underneath the skin and simply yank the worm out. Some used a small stick around the adult worm and simply turn it around few clock hours everyday until the adult worm was out. ...Read more

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Can river blindness be deadly?

Can river blindness be deadly?

Not directly: While onchocerciasis can cause blindness due to obstruction of retinal vessels by the parasite but not direct death, the blind in third world countries are far more likely to succomb to hazards of life due to being blind and so their lifespan is diminished. ...Read more

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Aside from river blindness, are there any other viral or contagious forms of blindness?

Aside from river blindness, are there any other viral or contagious forms of blindness?

#1 cause: Trachoma: The leading cause of infectious blindness in the world is trachoma. It is caused by a bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. ...Read more

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Can salt water and alchohol baths help with river blindness infection?

I don't think so: If i had onchocerciasis, i would opt for oral Ivermectin or possibly doxycycline. I wouldn't bank on saline/alcohol baths doing the trick. ...Read more

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Can salt water and alcohol baths help with a river blindness infection?

Can salt water and alcohol baths help with a river blindness infection?

No: Onchoceriasis, or River Blindness, is caused by a parasite that is treated with antibiotics. Baths have no role in the treatment. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of sjögren’s syndrome?

What are the symptoms of sjögren’s syndrome?

Dry eyes, mouth +: You may wish to consult: www.Sjogrens.Org/ for additional information. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of spider bites in the u.S.?

What are symptoms of spider bites in the u.S.?

Depends: Anything from minor itching and redness, to crusting, oozing and in a few cases severe skin and soft tissue breakdown. It depends upon the species. See: << http://www.Webmd.Com/allergies/ss/slideshow-bad-bugs?Ecd=wnl_aaa_060412 >> for a pictorial view. ...Read more

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