Schistosomiasis

Below you will find more information about Schistosomiasis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Schistosomiasis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Schistosomiasis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Schistosomiasis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Schistosomiasis is a disease caused by parasites with several species of fluke of the genus Schistosoma. The parasite is commonly found in Africa, Asia, and South America particularly in regions with water that is polluted with freshwater snails that may carry parasite.

Diagnosis

Stool or urine sample to check for eggs of the parasite Tissue biopsy is done when tests in stool or urine comes out negative Antibody detection is performed for clinical management and epidemiologic surveys

Treatment

It can be easily treated with the use of a single oral dose of Praziquantel drug. Other drugs used outside the US is Oxamniquine. Medical experiments have shown that castor oil is used as an oral anti-penetration agent. In addition, Dr Chidzere of Zimbabwe studied the Gopo Berry and found that it can be used to control freshwater snails that carry the disease.

Symptoms and Signs

Common symptoms of Schistosomiasis are skin rashes, skin is itchy, fever, chills, cough, muscle aches, hives, liver symptoms, fever, headaches, pain in the abdomen, melena, dry cough. Paralysis, fits and swelling of spinal cord can also occur if there eggs in the spinal cord. Gastrointestinal symptoms also happen lie diarrhea, bladder infection symptoms like cystitis.

Causes

Schistosomiasis it caused by Schistosoma fluke infection.

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