Loiasis, also known as the African Eye Worm, is a skin and eye disease that is caused by the parasitic worm, Loa Loa. The disease is contracted through deer fly bites. The disease can cause red eyes, similar to conjunctivitis along with swellings in the arms and legs. These swellings, known as calabar swellings, appear under the skin as red itchy patches.
HOW IS LOIASIS DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician/Homeopath diagnoses Loiasis by conducting a blood test.
HOW IS LOIASIS TREATED?
The most common treatment here is Diethylcarbamazine, that is known for killing the worm infestation. Other medications here include albendazole. For people living in areas where deer flies bites are common, a preventive dose of DEC 300 mg po once a week is suggested.
DID YOU KNOW?
Certain people with heavy infections are at a risk of brain inflammation, which in turn, leads to coma or sometimes death.