Chagas Disease - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman
Medically Reviewed by Dr. Lakshmi Venkataraman, MD
Last Updated on Feb 02, 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who treats Chagas disease?

Chagas disease is treated by an infectious disease specialist familiar in treating the condition. Complications may require the expertise of a gastroenterologist or cardiologist or a neurologist.

2. Can the triatomine bug cause any other illness?

The saliva of the triatomine bug can cause an allergic reaction resulting in symptoms of redness, itching, swelling and even anaphylactic shock.

3. Can a pregnant women who is positive for Chagas disease be treated during pregnancy?

Treatment with the anti-parasitic medications should be postponed till after the delivery of the baby and completion of breastfeeding.

4. Is there a vaccine available that I can take before I go to an endemic place to prevent Chagas disease?

A vaccine for Chagas disease is not available. If you take adequate precautions as mentioned above, your chances of contracting the disease are extremely low.

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