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Is elephantiasis contagious?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

It is not - looks scary but is not contagious - caused by musquito bite which injects parasitic worms - filaria such as wucheria bacrofti, brugia malayi, b.
Timori - causing inflammation of lymphatic vessel, skin thickening, due to lymph flow obstruction.

In brief: No

It is not - looks scary but is not contagious - caused by musquito bite which injects parasitic worms - filaria such as wucheria bacrofti, brugia malayi, b.
Timori - causing inflammation of lymphatic vessel, skin thickening, due to lymph flow obstruction.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not at all

Elephantiasis is the common name for stage iii lymphedema, an advanced stage of swelling of limb.
Consists hardening and deformity of the skin. It is caused by congenital malformation of the limb, injury to the lymphatics from surgery or radiation therapy, and from parasitic obstruction of lymphatic vessels. Parasites enter body from contaminated water, and are not passed from person to person.

In brief: Not at all

Elephantiasis is the common name for stage iii lymphedema, an advanced stage of swelling of limb.
Consists hardening and deformity of the skin. It is caused by congenital malformation of the limb, injury to the lymphatics from surgery or radiation therapy, and from parasitic obstruction of lymphatic vessels. Parasites enter body from contaminated water, and are not passed from person to person.
Dr. Latisha Smith
Dr. Latisha Smith
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