What is Elephantiasis?
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.
What are the causes associated with elephantiasis?
Elephantiasis is mainly caused by parasitic worms, which are often spread by mosquitoes. There are three different types of worms involved:
• Brugia malayi
• Brugia timori
• Wuchereria bancrofti
These worms affect the lymphatic system in the body, which is mainly responsible for removing waste and toxins. If lymphatic system gets blocked, then it cannot remove waste properly. This all result in a backup of lymphatic fluid, eventually leading to swelling.
What are the common signs and symptoms of Elephantiasis?
In a number 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 most common symptom of this disease is swelling of body parts. The swelling is mainly present in:
Apart from it, some serious and complicated symptoms may also appear, these include :
o Blocked lymph ducts
o Brownish skin
o Enlarged groin lymph nodes
o Fibrotic skin tissue
o Impaired lymphatic drainage
o Pain in testicles
o Pain above testicles
o Pebbly skin
o Skin ulceration
o Thickened skin tissue
o Verrucous skin appearance
How do doctors diagnose elephantiasis?
To diagnose elephantiasis, the doctor can enquire about your medical history and symptoms and perform a physical examination. To help your doctor to make a diagnosis, you might also have to undergo blood tests. After taking a sample of your blood, doctor will sent to a lab to inspect for the presence of the parasites.
The doctor might also ask you for X-rays and ultrasounds to exclude any possibility of other problems with same symptoms.
How is Elephantiasis treated?
Elephantiasis is mainly treated with the help of medications. The most recommended medication to treat Elephantiasis is diethylcarbamazine or DEC. This medicine kills the microfilaria along with some adult worms and mostly is well tolerated. However, it can produce certain side effects like dizziness, fever and aching muscles.
Majority of times, medications do not prove quite effective against adult worms as new microfilariae produced by the adult worms mostly keep showing up for a long time after treatment.
Apart from medications, doctor may recommend some other treatment options for elephantiasis to patients that mainly include:
• Use of good hygiene to clean the affected areas
• Elevating the affected areas
• Caring for wounds in the affected areas
• Exercising as per doctor’s directions
• Surgery in extreme cases that might include reconstructive surgery for the affected areas or surgery to
eliminate affected lymphatic tissue
Homeopathic treatment for Elephantiasis:
Homeopathy is that branch of science that is based on a holistic approach to healing. Homeopathic medicines are natural, safe, deep acting and do not have any side effects on the body. Homeopathic medicines can help to lower down the frequency of Filariasis infection to definite extent.
Most commonly used homeopathic medicines for Elephantiasis:
Elaeis: Elaeis is one of the most effective homeopathic medicines for those Elephantiasis cases, where the skin becomes thickened and hardened. Itching of the skin is also quite common in such cases.
Hydrocotyle: This is another effective homeopathic remedy for Elephantiasis. It is generally prescribed to those patients, who have dry eruption on the skin along with a great thickening of epidermoid layer and exfoliation of scales.
Myristica seb: The homeopathic remedy Myristica seb is mainly given during the beginning of the treatment for Elephantiasis.
Friends, as you all know very well that classical homeopathic medicines are prescribed only on the basis of TOTALITY OF SYMPTOMS with a clear cut identification of disease in patient and patient in disease also, even then we are providing here just a few homeopathic medicines for different types of medical problems in a short way.
But reader is advised very strongly to use the medicines only under medical supervision and these medicines should never ever consumed without proper consultation with your doctor or GP.
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