The Causes Of Elephantiasis, Symptoms, And Treatments Essay

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Introduction Elephantiasis or also called Lymphatic Filariasis is a tropical parasitic disease that affects the lymph nodes and vessels. The disease was first discovered in the year of 1588 by the name of Jon Huygen Linschoten while he was exploring the Western India region. During his time, he noticed that the Indians legs were the size of elephants, where the name Elephantiasis came from. Even though the death rate is not high, but this disease is quite deadly. this paper will be discussing the causes of Elephantiasis, symptoms, and treatments.
Causes
The causes of this disease are from an infection of a nematode parasite called the Filarial worm. The disease from the worm is transmitted from human to human by the sting of a female mosquito when the mosquito decides to take blood. Once inside the bloodstream, the parasite grows into a full adult worm in your Lymphatic system. Once the parasite introduced to the host the infection begins. Mosquitos carry other worms such as Wuchereria bancrofti, Brugia malayi, and Brugia timori. Where the reside in the Lymphatic System and invade your bloodstream and slows down the circulation and causes the swelling.
The first cause of this disease was patristic, but another cause is non-parasitic. In non-filarial elephantiasis, which can be called podoconiosis. It occurs due to with the touch of irritant soil contact and ex: red clays and volcanic ash, also a quantitative amount of fluids which can cause a condition known as Edema…

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