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Preventive measure for filaria

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Jan 19, 2013
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  • DEC is the recommended medicine for treating filariasis.
  • It kills microfilaria and does not have any effect on the adult worms.
  • It only helps control the transmission of infection.
  • Good hygiene prevents secondary bacterial skin infections.

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Filariasis is a parasitic disease transmitted by blood -feeding arthropods, mainly black flies and mosquitoes. It is not a life-threatening infection but it can cause lasting damage to the lymphatic system. The disease causes no symptoms in the initial stage. Therefore, most people initially are not aware that they have filariasis. Lymphedema with thickening of the skin and underlying tissues is the classical symptom of filariasis.

Treatment of filariasis aims to treat the individual and the prevent spread of filariasis.

preventive measures for filaria

Treatment to prevent spread of infection

In communities where filariasis is common it is important to eliminate microfilariae from the blood of infected individuals. This helps to interrupt transmission of infection by mosquito bites. Currently it is recommended that people infected with adult worms should be given a yearly dose of medicine (DEC) that kills the circulating microfilariae in the blood. Single dose has been shown to be as effective as formerly-recommended 12-day regimens of DEC. In endemic areas mass drug administration (DEC) is done to interrupt transmission of disease.

 

Treatment of an individual with filaria

People with filarial infection should take a yearly dose of medicine (DEC) to eliminate the circulating microfilariae from their blood. This does not kill the adult worms but it helps to control transmission of infection from one person to other.

 

After the adult worms die you are prone to develop lymphoedema. After lymphoedema develops most of the progression in skin changes (elephantiasis) occurs due to bacterial and fungal superinfection. To prevent worsening of lymphedema and secondary bacterial infection in the tissues with compromised lymphatic function practice the following measures:

  • Wash the swollen area with soap and water properly daily.
  • If there is any infection on the skin use anti-bacterial cream, this prevents progression and worsening of bacterial infections.
  • Keep the swollen arm or leg elevated and exercise regularly to move the fluid and improve the lymph flow.


Good hygiene of affected parts along with actions to control infection and promote lymph flow can significantly reduce the frequency of acute episodes of inflammation ("filarial fevers") and improve the elephantiasis as well.

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  • Maurice Smith23 Aug 2013
    One of my relatives whom I know got Malaria and was told by me to follow the instructions you have mentioned here. The relative did mention to me that it worked. Tnks for allowing me to impart that knowledgeable and advice of yours. Respect.
  • Relindis kum19 Aug 2013
    I wish to ask. In places where filaria is not common or not known how can one get the necessary treatment? Like here in the UAE? Thank you.
  • hari narayan 11 May 2013
    sir, i hav been suffering from filariya from two years and have taken medicines but there has been no improvement. plz suggest me a good hospital and doctor in Delhi.
  • amit singh25 Apr 2013
    i am suffering from inflammation in the right foot since the last 8 years.at present i am 19 years old and i have taken so many medicines.but there is no relief.is it fileria or any other disease?
  • nitu mehta05 Apr 2013
    I am suffering from fileria since 10 years. At present I am 24. I have taken so many medicine in my early days but there is no any improvement. So kindly advice what i do. plz help me.
  • shradha02 Apr 2013
    My father is suffering from filaria since 2 years. I want to ask is there any treatment for this?
  • nitu jain05 Mar 2013
    my motherinlaw is suffering from fileria from the past 40 years. hand and left leg gets red and sists developes please help
  • Rajasree04 Jan 2013
    My mom is suffering with filaria sine 20 years now her leg swelling . We are searching for treatment we need help/ suggestion about this treatment doctors we are worried a lot about her.
  • marie shet12 Dec 2012
    is there a cure for filaria having the problem for the last 40 years and the swelling is getting worse now any treatment place in bangalore
  • shoab12 Dec 2012
    I am suffering from fileria since 2 years. At present I am 22. I have taken so many medicine in my early days but there is no any improvement. So kindly advice what i do. plz sir help me.
  • nessly rodrigues05 Nov 2012
    is there any permanent cure of filaria ? n what is the medicine
  • nishant pandey08 Oct 2012
    can it will be cure pemanent having problem from 7 to 8 years.
  • Pushpendra Bhadauria20 Sep 2012
    Dear Sir, I am suffering from fileria since last one and half decades. At present I am 30.I have taken so many medicine in my early days but there is no any improvement. So kindly advoice a good health care center near Gurgaon to reach. And advoice the place from where i can purchase DEC. There is any infirtility problem due to such types of deseases.Please answer to me ASAP
  • Dr. Easin15 Sep 2012
    I am not satisfied this answer. I want to know more about fileria treatment like which medicine is needed(generic name) and doses
  • adesh shakya08 Sep 2012
    my name is adesh shakya .sir i want know that filariya ka kya real treatment hai. if yes to kaise. please help me .mai failariya se pidit hon. hai nici ke andkosh ke bhag me hai . mai akpa hamesa -2 ke liye awhari rahunga. thankyou . age 22 years
  • kissan Jam17 Aug 2012
    THIS IS A SUGGESTION ONLY-FOR DOCTORS/BIOMEDICAL SCIENTIST-Who want a nobel prize the approach to treat filariasis should be substantially reviewed............being a neglected disease in terms of research done in the area.......to treat filariasis a protocol should be developed which should combine pharmaceutical like DEC and biomechanical intervention like regular blood removal to reduce the concentration of filaria worms in the blood.............DEC can be used to induce the worms to come to
  • kritika30 Jul 2012
    hoope so my answer helps you...
  • kritika29 Jul 2012
    The recommended regimen for treatment through mass drug administration (MDA) is a single dose of two medicines given together - albendazole (400 mg) plus either ivermectin (150-200 mcg/kg) in areas where onchocerciasis (river blindness) is also endemic or diethylcarbamazine citrate (DEC) (6 mg/kg) in areas where onchocerciasis is not endemic. These medicines clear microfilariae from the bloodstream and kill most of the adult worms.
  • nobody29 Jul 2012
    diethylcarbamazine citrate is DEC
  • james field24 Jul 2012
    What is DEC and where can it be obtained
  • vandana03 Jun 2012
    is there any permanent cure of filaria?it is possible to become mother or any complications with fetus or mother.I have mild swelling on left foot since 2&half years with DEC.
  • vandana03 Jun 2012
    is there any permanent cure of filaria?it is possible to become mother or any complications with fetus or mother.I have mild swelling on left foot since 2&half years with DEC.
  • JASWANT SINGH09 May 2012
    PLEASE TELL ME HOW ARE THE OTHER TREATMENT FOR THE CURING OF FILARIA IN OTHER WAYS
  • Jyotindra Kumar Mishra01 May 2012
    How can I overcome philaria? Please let me know.
  • Gordon24 Apr 2012
    Is there any treatment that can really cure the chronic elephantiasis?
  • Gordon24 Apr 2012
    Is there any treatment that can really cure the chronic elephantiasis?
  • Gordon24 Apr 2012
    Is there any treatment that can really cure the chronic elephantiasis?
  • Gordon24 Apr 2012
    Is there any treatment that can really cure the chronic elephantiasis?
  • Gordon24 Apr 2012
    Is there any treatment that can really cure the chronic elephantiasis?
  • Akash chakrabarty06 Nov 2011
    is there any permanent cure of filaria ???? whats about homoeopathy ?????
  • Akash chakrabarty06 Nov 2011
    is there any permanent cure of filaria ???? whats about homoeopathy ?????