Elephantiasis, also known as lymphatic filariasis, is a parasitic infection that results in extreme swelling in the legs and arms. This condition is generally caused by the filarial worm that is transmitted from person to person through the female mosquito.
At times an infected female mosquito bites a person; she might inject the worm larvae into their bloodstream. The worm larvae then replicate and extend throughout the bloodstream. Elephantiasis can put impact on psychological state, personal life, economical state, and physical disability of the patients.
However, in majority of cases, symptoms of elephantiasis might not appear until years after infection. When parasites build up in the blood vessels, they may limit circulation and force fluid to accumulate in surrounding tissues. However, the damage caused to the lymphatic system (which is mainly responsible for removing waste and toxins) can leave people at risk of developing secondary bacterial and fungal infections, which can further worsen the condition. Even though the arms, legs and external genitalia are most often affected, elephantiasis can affect any part of the body.
Here are some of the most common early symptoms of elephantiasis, which can help an individual as well as medical professional to make a proper diagnosis of this condition…..
1.Swelling of body parts
One of the most common symptoms of elephantiasis is swelling of body parts. This condition is generally characterised by a gross enlargement and swelling of any body part due to the accumulation of fluid. This condition mostly affects the arms and legs. A full arm or leg might swell to many times its normal size that looks similar to the thick, round appearance of an elephant’s leg.
In many cases, the skin of the affected area usually becomes dry and thick. It may further develop into pebbly appearance and may become ulcerated as well. Moreover, it can also lead to darkened skin (known as hyperkeratosis) because of lack of proper blood flow to the affected area.
3.Problems male and female external genital organs
Elephantiasis can also put serious impacts on the male and female external genital organs. In males, this condition can give rise to enlargement of the scrotum. Moreover, penis might be retracted below skin that mostly becomes thickened, hot and painful. In some cases, affected individuals can also experience thickened spermatic cords along with experiencing pain and a burning sensation.
One of the most common symptoms of acute infection of elephantiasis includes a feeling of discomfort, commonly known as malaise, and a generalised feeling of illness. As the disease progresses, other symptoms such as severe fever and chills may also be present. These symptoms mainly result due to local warmth caused by infection and inflammation.
5.Problems in external parts of the female genital organs
Elephantiasis can also affect the external parts of the female genital organs, called vulva. A tumorous mass covered by ulcerated and thickened skin can develop between the thighs. This might be accompanied by inflamed lymph nodes (lymphadenopathy) of the legs. Moreover, in some women the breasts can also become enlarged.
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