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Filariasis is a parasitic disease transmitted by blood -feeding arthropods, mainly black flies and mosquitoes.

There are eight different types of thread-like nematodes that cause filariasis. Most cases of filaria are caused by the parasite known as Wuchereria bancrofti.


Depending on the area which the worms affect, filariasis is classified as-

Lymphatic filariasis (Elephantiasis) – which affects the lymphatic system, including the lymph nodes.

Subcutaneous filariasis- which affects the subcutaneous layer of the skin.

Serous cavity filariasis- which affects the serous cavity of the abdomen.

Filariasis is not a life-threatening infection but it can cause lasting damage to the lymphatic system. The disease causes no symptoms in the initial stage. Therefore, most people initially are not aware that they have filariasis. Lymphedema with thickening of the skin and underlying tissues is the classical symptom of filariasis.

Filariasis is usually diagnosed by direct demonstration of the parasite in the nocturnal blood sample or skin specimen.

While medicines like diethylcarbamazine (DEC) are available to treat filariasis, the gross swelling of the leg makes a person look noticeable and ugly. Hence, it is better to protect from the bites of filarial-spreading mosquitoes by using mosquito repellent creams, mats, coils, aerosols and prevent breeding of mosquitoes with better practice of hygiene and sanitation.

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Iam 55 yrs.old male. colostomy surgery done for rectum ca in 2005. Now suffering with filariasis. Scrotum swollen and somtimes discharge secretion. Hetrazan - 100 mg. tablets 3 tim es prescribed. Can I come for further treatment
jahufersadique Saturday, September 06, 2014
i am 30 years old, I am not sure but i think i am suffering from filaria, because last 6 month my left hand and breast very tight and swelling so plz give me suggestion.
sony13 Monday, July 21, 2014
My mother[43years] is suffering from filaria from 26 years. She is used to take BINZATHIN PENCILLINI LA12 lnjunction for every 3 weeks and some tablets on the consult of a doctor((she does not use those medicine properly)). Her left leg seems big(elaphantasis).,from last 8 years it increases a lot. Advice any doctor in Andhra Pradesh,chennai,or bangalore
HAnusha Saturday, May 17, 2014
My wife who is 32 years old and suffering from Filaria since 10 years. Please advice me the name of Doctor or hospital in UP or West Bengal.

mahmoodahmad Monday, May 05, 2014
Sir, My wife who is 37 years old and suffering from Filaria since 18 year. Kindly advice me the name of Doctor or Hospital of West Bengal Tarak Nath Sinha Roy, Domkal, Murshidabad, [W.B]
taraknathsinharoy Thursday, April 10, 2014
I want to know if FILARIA spreads easily if one of the family members is suffering from it. If so, is there any preventive vaccine or medicine? What precautions are required to prevent from spreading to other family members?
DBRMEDINDIA Wednesday, February 12, 2014
yes if one of family member suffers from filariasis other can be easily infected.every family member should take single dose of medicine DEC300mg with albendazol800mg on 5th june every year i,e world filaria day.
shubhakanchi Friday, February 14, 2014
my wife is diabetic along with filarious. taking hetrazon 100mgtablets for many years.repetated infection is troubling her lot.any treatment at chennai or mumbai. she is 62 advice ashok kumar mob. 07738184322.
kumar_mum Monday, February 03, 2014
you can contact to the treatment center of intigreted medicine for filariasis at institute of applied dermatology kasaragod kerla.
shubhlaxmi Friday, February 14, 2014
i am 15 year old .i am not sure but think am suffering from filaria because i have fever last 10 months and swelling middle finger . but right now[last two days] my left leg are very tight and swelling. So please give me suggestion on my given email address manzar. Please reply fast.......... am waiting............
manzar Friday, October 11, 2013
my sister[22] suffering for 10 days by fleria in righl leg kindly advice about the doctor in patna
saritakr Thursday, September 12, 2013
i m also suffering from filaria for last 14 days.i really dnt know how i came in contact with this mosquito.right now m under treatment [Dr.Ashok kumar]kankarbagh swelling has reduced remarkably.i dnt know whether he ll be able to cure it totally or not . medicine which i take is "Ivoral forte"
sidhu89 Thursday, September 19, 2013
I developed fever ,one sided with chill. The right leg feels tightness. There is heavy cold that is felt in head but not watery nose. Test for malaria proved negative. Is there a chance for filaria attack?
Vittalanand Sunday, January 20, 2013
buddy just go on and take banocide forte 3 times daily for 14 days. for side effects consult physician or surgeon or internet. there wont be any side effects unless you are heavily infestated.i have used can have a microfilaria test before hand which or may not be positive. some times we can go by symptoms that u have
aronymous140 Tuesday, April 02, 2013
for all those with doubt of filaria i suggest above mentioned treatment. the following link might also help.why not try drugs when in doubt which are cheap available and afterall do not cause any serious side effects.
aronymous140 Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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