Dracunculiasis or Dracunculiasis is an infection, which happens because of a parasitic worm called Dracunculus medinensis. It is also referred to as the guinea worm. It happens when individuals drink water that has been infected the same. The larvae enter your skin and releases eggs there that causes the skin to ulcerate. The most common symptom here would be the fiery serpent or skill ulcerating.
HOW IS DRACUNCULIASIS DIAGNOSED?
The clinical presentation is so typical that it does not need laboratory confirmation. However tests for further diagnosis that are involved can be examination of the fluid discharge, FBC and X-rays of the lower limbs.
HOW IS DRACUNCULIASIS TREATED?
Treatment for the disease includes controlling further spread of the larvae in drinking water. Along with this, the patient would be given medication for treating the fever, rash, and other relevant symptoms. Antibiotic ointment is then used on the area to prevent the same from getting worse. A general physician or homeopathy doctor can help you here.
DID YOU KNOW?
If not controlled, the larvae can multiply very fast leading to an epidemic like it has many times in Ghana.