Advertisement

Is there a cure for lymphatic filariasis?

Treatment with annual doses of the anti-worm drugs albendazole and diethylcarbamazine (DEC) or albendazole and ivermectin is highly effective for killing the parasitic worms that lymphatic filariasis. Although the drugs can keep serious symptoms such as elephantiasis from occurring, they are not a complete cure. Some small number of worms will always remain in the body. Lymphatic filariasis is transmitted from human to human by mosquitoes. Any infected individual, even one who is carrying only a small number of parasites, can still pass the disease on.

Continue Learning about Parasitic Infections

What You Need to Know About Ticks
What You Need to Know About Ticks
The thought of a tick on your body or in your home probably makes you shudder, but if you spend time outdoors, you need to know what to do should you ...
Read More
What is the rate of incidence for parasitic infections?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
There are millions of parasitic infections each year with the rate of incidence and type of infectio...
More Answers
What is the brain-eating amoeba?
Keith Roach, MDKeith Roach, MD
Naegleria fowlerii is an amoeba that lives in warm water, and has been found in the U.S. mostly in L...
More Answers
What Are the Symptoms of Parasitic Infections?
What Are the Symptoms of Parasitic Infections?

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.