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River Blindness

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
  • more symptoms...»

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...»

Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with River Blindness?

River Blindness: Related Patient Stories

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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River Blindness: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for River Blindness

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River Blindness: Animations

Research about River Blindness

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Clinical Trials for River Blindness

The US based website lists information on both federally and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.

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Statistics for River Blindness

River Blindness: Broader Related Topics

River Blindness Message Boards

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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. - (Source - Diseases Database)

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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