For many infected people, lymphatic filariasis has no real symptoms. For some people, however, the parasitic worms block the normal flow of lymph in the body. This causes lymphedema, or massive swelling in the affected area, often many years after the original infection. Swelling usually occurs in an arm, leg, breast, or the genital area. Someone with lymphedema from lymphatic filariasis is more susceptible to bacterial infections of the skin.
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Although lymphatic filariasis damages the lymphatic system, most individuals who are infected never develop symptoms. A small proportion of infected individuals will develop lymphedema, in which improper functioning of the lymph system causes fluid collection and swelling. This generally occurs in the legs but may also affect the breasts, arms, and genitalia. Lymphedema may not develop until several years after an individual has become infected. Men may develop swelling of the scrotum, called hydrocele.
Decreased functioning of the lymphatic system places individuals infected with lymphatic filariasis at increased risk for other infections. Frequent bacterial infections of the skin and lymph system causes the skin to harden and thicken, giving the skin the appearance of elephant skin.Lymphatic filariasis can also lead to pulmonary tropical eosinophilia syndrome, which is characterized by cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing.
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