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Red patches on leg, no swelling. Have filariasis. Will medication cure it permanently?

hi! one of my friend is suffering from filariasis . so i want to know some information about this, is it curable after the 21 days medicine course, his leg gets red patches but no swelling is there, only one time on the initial stage he had swelling but later it had gone, this problem he was having for last one year but he did not take it seriously, but now he has stated the medicine, his leg looks likee normal no swelling is there and no redness is there, but our doctor told it is the sign of filaria, so please let me know that if we continuing with the medicine of filaria, will it be cured permanently or it will emerge again after some years or what is the final cure for it, please help me as i am not getting the sufficient answer from anywhere .
Asked On : Wed, 15 Aug 2012
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Filariasis is a parasitic infection.
It is transmitted to man by mosquitoes.
It is diagnosed by identifying microfilariae in the blood.
The causative organism is wuchereria bancrofti.
At the initial stages Diethylcarbamazine for 21 days will cure the disease.
If it is left untreated and once lymphadenitis gets established then elephantitis sets in and the deformation of the part becomes permanent.
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