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Question: Will DEC and albendazole clear intestinal parasites?

 Viajera1 - Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:45 am

I have been traveling a lot, and I would be very surprised if I hadn't been exposed to any parasites along the way. In fact, just in the last two years I have had both typhoid fever and dengue fever, so I am obviously at risk for a slew other infections too.
Where I am now, they give everyone DEC and albendazole once a year to control filariasis, and I plan to take it. So I guess my question really is, should I bother getting an ova and parasite exam when I go home? I would think the albendazole would treat other helminths (although I have no clue whether the dosages are appropriate for that). And I have no GI symptoms. Is it even worth treating parasite infestations if they are asymptomatic?
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:51 am

User avatar Hello,Filariasis is a problem affecting many people in India,africa ans south asia and pacific.The mosquito breeding and microfilaria in blood ultimately lead to elephantiasis.WHO has taken this up on a war footing in endemic areas and a single dose of albendazole and DEC administered together every year has been found to lower the parasitic load on the community.
The other parasites susceptible would include round worms and hook worms.The dose required in tapeworm is higher and giardiasis and amoebiasis need different modalities.
It is best to get a stool examination and get treated for these infestations and infections.Best wishes.


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