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What is filariasis?

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

Symptoms of filariasis

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Sweating at night requiring change in clothing

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

  • Fever

  • Skin Itching

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Skin hardening

  • Swelling of any body part

Questions your doctor may ask to check for filariasis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose filariasis

  • Is your breathing noisy, like wheezing or rattling?

  • Do you excessively sweat at night and need to change clothes?

  • Are your lymph nodes swollen and enlarged?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Is your skin itchy?

Treatment for filariasis

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

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References

  • Drews SJ, Spencer BR, Wendel S, Bloch EM; International Society of Blood Transfusion TTID Working Party Parasite Subgroup. Filariasis and transfusion-associated risk: a literature review. Vox Sang. 2021 Aug;116(7):741-754. doi: 10.1111/vox.13073. Epub 2021 Jan 25. PMID: 33491765.

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/vox.13073

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

    https://academic.oup.com/bmb/article-abstract/28/1/60/278413?redirectedFrom=fulltext

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Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS

Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS (Primary Care Physician)

Dr. Nass received dual medical degrees from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Charles R. Drew University in Medicine and Science. He completed Family Medicine residency at Ventura County Medical Center with subsequent fellowships at Ventura, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, George Washington University, and University of California-Irvine. He holds faculty appointments at Keck School of Medicine of USC, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and Western University of Health Sciences.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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