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Have worm infection, positive ulcer. Discomfort in ribs, no pain. Cause?

Hi, some months ago i had infections like staphloccocus, syphillis, worm issue and ulcer which i treated after some months letter, i went for another check up i was told i have worm issue, infection from water and ulcer which is weakly positive, but i don't feel anything except my left ribs that makes me feel uncomfortable but not painful. Please what could be the cause
Mon, 3 Jun 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,

The site of ulcer is not mentioned in your query so it is difficult to know the most probable causative agent.
However, on the basis of the clinical features that you have mentioned, an ulcer caused by contact with water suggets an infection with a worm calles guinea worm /Drancunculus midianensis.
This is contracted by having a contact with infected water.
It causes an ulcerative or nodular skin lesion.
The adult worm can be seen projecting out from the ulcer.
The adult worm can be removed from the ulcer directly using a stick.
Very good anti-helminthis drugs are available in the market for this infection.
The local inflammation can be controlled by anti-inflammatory drugs.

You have also mentioned about infection caused by staphylococcus and syphilis. These infections can also be treated by antibiotics.

Discomfort in the rib region could be due to trauma, muscle injury, soft tissue injury, bony lesion, pleural irritation/ inflammation, etc.
You need to consult your doctor for clinical examination and relevant investigations.
A X-ray chest will help to know the site and cause of the lesion.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
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Have worm infection, positive ulcer. Discomfort in ribs, no pain. Cause?

Hello and welcome to HCM, The site of ulcer is not mentioned in your query so it is difficult to know the most probable causative agent. However, on the basis of the clinical features that you have mentioned, an ulcer caused by contact with water suggets an infection with a worm calles guinea worm /Drancunculus midianensis. This is contracted by having a contact with infected water. It causes an ulcerative or nodular skin lesion. The adult worm can be seen projecting out from the ulcer. The adult worm can be removed from the ulcer directly using a stick. Very good anti-helminthis drugs are available in the market for this infection. The local inflammation can be controlled by anti-inflammatory drugs. You have also mentioned about infection caused by staphylococcus and syphilis. These infections can also be treated by antibiotics. Discomfort in the rib region could be due to trauma, muscle injury, soft tissue injury, bony lesion, pleural irritation/ inflammation, etc. You need to consult your doctor for clinical examination and relevant investigations. A X-ray chest will help to know the site and cause of the lesion. Thanks and take care Dr Shailja P Wahal