Symptoms of Dracunculiasis


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General information about symptoms of Dracunculiasis: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Dracunculiasis. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Dracunculiasis. Furthermore, symptoms of Dracunculiasis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Dracunculiasis.

List of symptoms of Dracunculiasis: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Dracunculiasis includes:

Symptoms of Dracunculiasis: Infected persons do not usually have symptoms until about 1 year after they drink water contaminated with Dracunculus-infected water fleas. A few days to hours before the worm emerges, the person may develop a fever, swelling, and pain in the area. More than 90% of the worms appear on the legs and feet, but may occur anywhere on the body.

People, in remote, rural communities who are most commonly affected by Guinea worm disease do not have access to medical care. Therefore, ulcers may take many weeks (8 weeks average) to heal; often becoming infected with bacteria. This causes disabling complications, such as locked joints or even permanent crippling. Each time a worm emerges, persons may be unable to work or resume daily activities for an average of 3 months. This usually occurs during planting or harvesting season, resulting in heavy crop losses. Parents who have active Guinea worm disease
cannot care for their children. They also cannot tend or harvest or crops, which leads to financial problems for the entire family.1

Infected persons do not usually have symptoms until about 1 year after they drink contaminated water. A few days to hours before the worm emerges, the person may develop a fever, swelling, and pain in the area where the worm is trying to get out. A blister develops, then opens into an ulcer. When the ulcer contacts water, the worm begins to emerge. More than 90% of the worms appear on the legs and feet, but may occur anywhere on the body. Depending on the site of the wound, complications such as locked joints can develop and result in permanent crippling. 2

More symptoms of Dracunculiasis: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Dracunculiasis, underlying causes of Dracunculiasis, associated conditions for Dracunculiasis, risk factors for Dracunculiasis, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Dracunculiasis: DPD
2. excerpt from Facts About Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease): CDC-OC

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