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Infestation: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

There are no synonyms applicable.

How is the treatment done?

Infestation refers to the interference of flies through larvae by an open wound in the body, or through a clothing. The insects feed on the wound or enter the body via clothes, further feeding on the blood. They are most likely to infect the brain, arms, legs and pubic areas.

Infestation by any form of insect creates a huge risk for an individual, causing rashes or blood clots to form in different parts of the body. If not treated immediately, the area infested by the insect is susceptible to more damage since that area remains exposed. The insect can further lay eggs which gives freedom to more insects to form and spread throughout the body. These insects are invisible to the naked eye but percolate instantly if in contact with the skin.

It is characterised by intense itching, rashes on the skin, red bumps and thickened or darkened skin in the affected area.

Infestation can also be spread through contact with other people having infestations. It is to be noted that human infestation is different from animal infestation, hence the spread can only taken place from one human being to another, and not through animals. This kind of infestation takes place in unhygienic conditions.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

The treatment of infestation differs from person to person. The doctor has to identify the type of infestation by taking a sample of the skin. This can be done by scraping of the skin to test for the exact kind of lice or insect.

In mild cases, skin infestations can be treated by improving the condition of hygiene. Healthy habits like taking regular baths, washing hands and staying away from unhygienic conditions can improve the condition of the infestation by manifolds.

Skin or intestinal infestations can also be treated by improving the way you eat and sleep. Changing bed linens often or dusting them off every once in a while helps in keeping fleas or insects at bay. To clean an already infested bed linen or cover, the cloth should be soaked in hot water and tumble dried to get rid of the insects.

In case of rashes or bumps in the skin caused by infestations, medications like pediculicides can be used to treat the infected area. The instructions for the ointment have to be read carefully before applying as these products are generally averse for the human skin. This can also be prevented by cleaning linens in the first place.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Every human individual affected by infestation is eligible for the treatment as a basic ointment is required to heal the affected area. In case of children, the doctor's advice should be taken into consideration.

If clothes or linens are properly washed to avoid the same, treatment would be smoothly done via the same.

Are there any side effects?

There are no such barriers for this treatment. In the case of children, advice from the doctor should be taken to determine the mode of treatment.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Infestations can lead to secondary skin symptoms like rashes, burns or dead skin even after the treatment. Since the affected area takes time to heal, it remains susceptible to further symptoms which need to be taken care of.

If the infestation is prolonged, dark patches and marks can form on the skin.

In rare cases, infestation can lead to the spread of other skin or intestinal diseases or infection. The adversity of the same would be determined by the doctor itself.

Rashes are a common side effect of the treatment. The treated area can form a scab as well which should not be touched or scratched as it may create an open wound which would make it home for further infections.

How long does it take to recover?

The affected individual should ensure to stay in hygienic areas only to avoid further infestations.

The affected area should not be touched or irritated as it can lead to an open wound which would attract more bacteria.

A healthy lifestyle should be maintained by all means.

Clothes and linens should be thoroughly washed since fleas or insects percolate through the body via these. Maintenance should be done on a weekly basis to reduce the number of fleas or insects that might affect these areas. Further, a proper cleaning should be done of the bedroom or the entire house if it has been previously infested. It is only possible to remove the insects to a maximum through this process.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

The severity of the infestation determines the time for recovery. It generally takes about 2 or 3 weeks for the infestation to heal.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

In India, the cost for treatment of infestation is generally around Rs. 1000 for mild cases and goes upto Rs. 2000 in adverse conditions.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The results of the treatment for infestation are not permanent, as the individual has to maintain thorough care to avoid further cases. Infestation can take place again if the affected area is tampered with, leading to a further opening.

Infestation can also take place again if the individual comes in contact with another infected individual, or is exposed to unhygienic living conditions.

Safety: Condition Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Medium Relative Risk: High Side Effects: Medium Time For Recovery: Medium Price Range:

Rs. 1000 - Rs. 2000

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Childhood Asthma - 8 Signs To Look For!

Pediatrician, Kolkata
Childhood Asthma - 8 Signs To Look For!

The term asthma and bronchial asthma are often used interchangeably. Bronchial asthma refers to the chronic inflamation of the airways either due to some internal or environmental allergen. This leads to the narrowing of airways, which makes breathing difficult and blocks air from entering the lungs. Children are most affected by this condition as the immune system is still in the process of maturity and often grows out of it as they age. However, if not treated, this can lead to many complications like respiratory failure and can prove to be fatal. Asthma cases often spike in winter months and in the flowering season. It can also be triggered by second hand or passive smoke, stress, sudden unaccustomed physical exercise, food additives, dust, house mites, perfumes, certain drugs and many other allergens. A family history of asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis and other allergic conditions can also increase a child’s risk of suffering from this condition.

Some of the most noticeable symptoms of bronchial asthma include:

1. Wheezing 
2. Shortness of breath 
3. Excessive coughing that worsens at night 
4. Tightness of the chest 
5. Lowered energy levels 
6. Rapid breathing 
7. Tiredness 
8. Indrawing of chest and lower neck

These symptoms often worsen after exercising. Lung function test and Chest X-ray are often used to confirm a diagnosis of bronchial asthma. Once diagnosis is being confirmed, it should be categorized as per severity. Your doctor may prescribe medication in the form of pills and inhalants as per the category of disease. It is important to note that these cannot cure asthma, but can help manage it. Inhalers deliver low doses of steroids directly to the lungs to reduce inflammation and other inhaled medication like Beta 2 agonist will open the airway by relaxing the muscles of airway. Children suffering from asthma must be taught how to use the inhalers and should always have it with them. In the case of school going children, their teachers should also be informed about the condition. Parents should also know how to keep it, use it and clean the device in a proper and hygienic way.

In very small kids those inhalational medication can be given by face mask and spacer, but as the age grows or in case of elder children above 6 years of age, they can directly take the medication from spacer. Those children who are already on inhalers, but still face asthma attack , for them nebuliser is the better choice to manage the emergency. It will make the liquid medicine into mist and enters into the air passage easily and work promptly.

In addition, certain lifestyle changes can also help reduce the frequency of asthmatic attacks. Avoid going outdoors on windy days or days when air pollutant level is high. Reduce the child’s exposure to allergens like pet hair, dander and dust by dusting and vacuuming on a weekly basis. Avoid the use of humidifiers inside your house as moist air can promote the infestation of dust mites. Try to keep the child in a room with adequate air and sunlight. Take plenty of green leafy vegetables and fruits, which contain lots of vitamins and minerals. If possible get your child to wear cover his or her nose and mouth while in outdoors. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a doctor and ask a free question.

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Intestinal Worms - Signs You Are Suffering from It!

BHMS, MD-Homeopathy, PGPC - Preventive Cardiology
Homeopath, Delhi
Intestinal Worms - Signs You Are Suffering from It!

A number of worms/parasites can infest the stomach and intestines. Children are more prone, and contract them by ingesting uncooked foods or fruits, contact with animals, playing in soil, or even unhygienic water.
The most common worms include pinworm, threadworms, roundworms, whipworms, hookworm, and tapeworm.

Signs and Symptoms

Whatever the type of worm, the symptoms are more or less the same and include the following:

  1. Allergies: When worm infestation happens, there could be blisters on the body and the oral mucous membranes and food sensitivity can occur.
  2. Anemia: The parasites growing inside the stomach suck out nutrition from the food, and therefore the body is deprived of essential nutrition. It could lead to severe anemia in some cases.
  3. Altered bowel movement: While some organisms produce constipation by blocking the colon, others result in diarrhea which is body’s way of removing harmful substances from the body
  4. Fatigue: Needless to say, all this results in extreme fatigue and dehydration for the infested person.
  5. Abdominal bloating: The parasites produce gas, which produces a gassy, bloated sensation
  6. Altered immune function: As most parasites induce an allergic reaction, there is an increased amount of immunoglobulin A in the circulation.
  7. Other: Restlessness, dark circles under the eyes, bedwetting, headaches and light sensitivity.

Some of the most popular homeopathic remedies are listed below and aim at strengthening the child’s overall health. As always, the child will be asked thoroughly for all symptoms and then a remedy identified.

  1. Cina: Very useful for all types of worm, it is the most popular remedy. The child is irritable, angry, has a pale appearance with rings around the eyes. When asked more, there will be teeth grinding (bruxism) at night, may have had convulsions, crying at night, nose picking, extreme hunger, milky urine, bluish discoloration around the mouth.
  2. Calcarea: The child is usually fat, flabby child with a strong appetite and craving for things like chalk, coal, and pencils. There is aversion to dairy products and meat. There will be a crawling feeling in the rectum and anus. There is profuse sweating from the head, causing a wet pillow.
  3. Spigelia: The child will have a pale face, blue rings around the eyes, tendency to faint, nauseating sensation, and pain around the navel. Stool with mucus and worms are an indication for using Spigelia.
  4. Caladium: The worm travels from the perineum to the vagina and causes the girls to constantly itch around the vagina
  5. Teucrium: Used in pinworm infestation, where there is a lot of irritation in the rectum. A thin dilution or tincture of this medication is used.
  6. Indigo: Very effective in roundworms. The child is usually melancholic, has intense pain around the bellybutton, and may have had convulsions. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a homeopathic.
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Have Viral Fever? Know the Reasons Behind It!

General Physician, Aligarh
Have Viral Fever? Know the Reasons Behind It!

Viral fever refers to a wide range of conditions caused by viral infections of the body. These infections lead to an elevation of body temperature, along with a variety of other symptoms such as headaches, body aches, chills and skin rashes. Viral fever can affect people of all age groups and may even be highly contagious if it is not contained and treated.

What causes viral fever?

Viral fever is caused by the infestation of viruses that spread through various avenues. These viruses enter the body and multiply at a specific site, leading to an infection that manifests itself as the symptoms of fever. This fever may be chronic or acute, depending on the nature of the infection and can easily spread from one person to another.

Some of the ways in which viral fever spreads are as follows:

  1. Aerial transmission (coughing and sneezing).

  2. Sexual transmission.

  3. Consumption of contaminated food and water.

  4. Contact with contaminated surfaces.

  5. Contact with infected animals.

The symptoms of viral fever begin to show after an incubation period during which the virus multiplies within the body. The nature and duration of the illness varies from case to case. The most common symptoms of viral fever that accompany high body temperatures include the following:

How is viral fever treated?

A case of viral fever can be quite easily treated if there is an absence of complications. For this, the illness simply needs to be diagnosed early. The use of antibiotics and steroids for treatment is advised against unless the infections have escalated beyond a certain extent. Some of the ways to treat viral fever are:

  • Prescription of antiviral medication

  • Adequate bed rest

  • Ample fluid intake

  • Administration of nasal decongestants

In most cases, the illness gets treated within the span of a few days. However, if the symptoms persist any longer, it is advisable to consult a specialist to check for underlying problems or complications.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Hi, For worms and anal itching taking teucrium m v 30 2 drops 2 times daily. How long should I take this.

Diploma In Gastroenterology, Diploma In Dermatology, BHMS
Homeopath, Hyderabad
Prevention of anal itching mainly involves a careful washing routine that keeps the area clean, cool and dry, while avoiding further irritating the skin. If you already have anal itching, try these self-care measures: Cleanse gently. ... It may also help to apply a moistened or dry cotton ball to the outside of the anus.

My son, 5 years completes by dec 16, vegetarian, no egg also. He was given VIDANGASAV in high doses (20 ml each time) several times to cure intestinal worms. This medicine caused intestinal ulcers to him and started vigorous coughing with intestinal pain and asthma. Doctor prescribed 1) cyclopam 3 days 2) zanocin 5 days 3) lanzol junior 15 on empty stomach for 10 days. As my son was complaining of anal itching, doctor also advised us to give single dose Albendazole 10 mg syrup 2 times in a span of one week. We completed all these above medicines, BUT, his 1) severe anal itching continues during daytimes and afternoons and nights also (especially just after completing his latrine/ stool excretion), 2) he is still complaining about stomach ache now and then, 3) he is complaining about head ache rarely 4) coughs often (no phlem in the lungs), phlem do not come into his mouth. OUR QUESTION IS 1) what is this anal itching he is suffering from. He says some kind of thing walking and pinching and pinning from inside rectum. May be piles? 2) do you advise us to continue lanzol junior 15 for few more weeks until his intestinal ulcer and associated cough and stomach ache gets cured? ->We use RO water (acid water) at home for the past 2 years, without Alkaline/ minerals cartridge. This also might have helped develop intestinal ulcer in his stomach. Now we changed this water and giving water mixed with minerals and high PH and TDS of around 300 ppm. -> He regularly goes to latrine 2 or 3 times. Please advise. Thank you very much.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
To know whether it is worms or not take stool routine and microscopic test. My advise is to take homoeopathic treatment. Reasons (1) No Side effects (2) Gives permanent solution. (3) It cost a lot less than allopathic treatment.
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Hi, I am 24 female. I have itchy anal area sometimes. And I found white thread like worm near the area and being science student. Understood that its pinworm. I am currently using isotretinoin. please suggest medicine and dosage for pinworm infection.

BAMS, M.D.Alternative Medicines
Ayurveda, Belgaum
Tab. Albendazole 400 mg only 1 Tab At Night. You can use Vidangarista 5 ml. Twice a day to avoid recurrence. God bless you.
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Hi, what is the reason foot worm in stomach and what should be done to reduce that?

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
You can consult me through Lybrate for homoeopathic treatment.. Till then take Spigelia 30 one dose..

Table of Content

What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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