River Blindness: Introduction
River Blindness: Skin and eye infection caused by the helminth (worm) 'Onchocerca volvulus', transmitted via fly bites and usually seen only in parts of Africa, the Middle East and South America.
More detailed information about the symptoms,
causes, and treatments of River Blindness is available below.
Symptoms of River Blindness
- Severe itching initially in one section of body then spreading to whole body and eyes
- Skin nodules
- Urticarial (hives-like) rash
- Swelling of limbs (oedema)
- Spotty skin
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Treatments for River Blindness
- Anti-helminth medication - ivermectin
- Oral prednisolone for 2-3 days if severe allergic reaction
- Prevention of fly bites: prophylactic ivermectin, insecticides, insect repellents, long clothing
- more treatments...»
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River Blindness: Complications
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Causes of River Blindness
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Disease Topics Related To River Blindness
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River Blindness: Undiagnosed Conditions
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Misdiagnosis and River Blindness
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River Blindness: Research Doctors & Specialists
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Evidence Based Medicine Research for River Blindness
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Research about River Blindness
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Clinical Trials for River Blindness
The US based website ClinicalTrials.gov lists information on both federally
and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.
Some of the clinical trials listed on ClinicalTrials.gov for River Blindness include:
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Statistics for River Blindness
River Blindness: Broader Related Topics
Types of River Blindness
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Definitions of River Blindness:
Infection with nematodes of the genus Onchocerca; characteristics include the presence of firm subcutaneous nodules filled with adult worms, pruritus, and ocular lesions.
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River Blindness is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that River Blindness, or a subtype of River Blindness,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Ophanet, a consortium of European partners,
currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000.
They list River Blindness as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet
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