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Forum Name: Other infections

Question: Tropical Parasite in leg or infection?


 divingdave - Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:19 am

I am living in Thailand on a small island with minimal medical care. Myself and 2 of my neighbours have all developed the same syptoms that the local clinic cannot diagnoisis.

I developed a pain inside my thigh around 2 weeks ago, like a deep bruise. The pain has slowly travlled down my leg over the last 2 weeks too just above my ankle. The track from inside my thigh is around 1 inch wide and feels like a deep bruise making walking painfull. As it crossed inside the knee and across the shin bone you can see the red track and is particularly painfull at these two sites. It travels around an inch everyday towards my foot. My two neighbours have identical symptoms although 1 guy who has had it for around a month is particularly ill. I have been given dioxyciline, pencillin and painkillers that is not having any affect. All our water comes from the mountain streams I feel like it is a parasite but there was no forum for parasites?

Anyone have any ideas? Any Tropical medicine experts here? All replies or advise would be appreciated.
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:12 am

User avatar Hello,This is known as creeping eruption and caused by parasitic infection Larva Migrans caused by hookworms and most cases reported from tropical countries.Mostly transmitted from the foot from contaminated soil these larvae move around causing flares and infections.Albendazole,ivermectol would be the oral drug and external application of thabendazole would be an alternative.Do consult aphysician for further treatment.

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