Filariasis, also known as lymphatic filariasis, is considered to be a neglected tropical disease where the disease is a parasitic disease caused by microscopic, thread-like worms that live in the lymph system of humans. The lymph system maintains the fluid balance in the body and fights off infections. This disease, which is spread from person to person, is spread by mosquitos.
If people develop this disease, the can suffer from lymphedema and elephantiasis, but in men, it can make their scrotum swell, which is known as hydrocele. Lymphatic filariasis is a nasty disease that can cause people to become permanently disabled. When people have had this disease, they are unable to work because of the disability, which can be harmful not only to your family but to your community as well.
Filariasis is an infectious tropical disease caused the parasitic round worm. The most common worms that are affiliated with this disease are Wuchereria bancrofti and Brugia malayi. When the mosquito with this disease bites you, the larval form of the parasite then transmits the disease to whomever it bites.
A person with this disease that has been infected in the early state, complain of fever, chills, headaches and skin lesions. There are several antiparasitic agents that are very effective in eliminating this worm. If the disease goes untreated, an obstruction of the lymph flow will cause certain areas of the body, legs and external genitals, to become very swollen. The symptoms are a response to adult worms that cause inflammation and a chronic inflammation also, can progress to the hardening of the lymphatic vessels, known as fibrosis, and obstruction of the lymph flow.
Some people have no symptoms when it comes to this disease and others will have bouts of acute inflammation of the lymphatic vessle (lymphangitis) along with high temperatures, bad chills, body aches, and swollen lymph nodes. Fluid may accumulate in the affected areas and be...