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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is filariasis?

Filariasis is a tropical, parasitic disease that affects the lymph nodes and lymph vessels. The parasite is carried by mosquitoes and spreads to humans through mosquito bites.

Symptoms of filariasis

  • Sweating at night requiring change in clothing

  • Fever

  • Swollen lymph nodes, usually small swellings at the neck, armpits, groin and behind the ears

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Swelling of any body part

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of appetite

Questions your doctor may ask to check for filariasis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose filariasis

  • Do you sweat so much at night that you need to change clothes?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you feel your lymph nodes are swollen and enlarged?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

  • Do you have any swelling in any part of your body?

Treatment for filariasis

Medication to kill the parasites is prescribed. Other treatments, including surgery may be advised to treat limb and scrotal enlargement.

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  • Edeson JF. Filariasis. Br Med Bull. 1972 Jan;28(1):60-5. doi: 10.1093/oxfordjournals.bmb.a070895. PMID: 4404135.

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