Filariasis is a condition or rather a parasitic disease that happens in the human body because of infection with roundworms or similar types. These are spread via mosquitoes and fleas commonly. One of the most common signs here is the thickening of the skin or edema. However, along with this, severe abdominal pain may also occur.
HOW IS FILARIASIS DIAGNOSED?
The disease is diagnosed through laboratory testing of blood for filarial antigen or microfilariae. There are also advanced techniques like fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) to detect the disease in suspected cases. But in all the cases the blood tests can only give conclusive evidence.
HOW IS FILARIASIS TREATED?
Treatment of Filariasis is done through administration of an anti-parasiticide drug. In severe cases where the lymph nodes are abnormally enlarged, surgical drainage may be required. In some cases the round worms remaining even medicinal treatment are removed surgically.
DID YOU KNOW?
In some cases, where the treatment is attempted through DEC and Suramin for this disease, then admission to the hospital might be necessitated.