Schistosomiasis

  • Disease caused by worms
  • Symptoms may include diarrhea, weakness or pain in the legs, blood in the stool and painful urination
  • Spread through contact with contaminated fresh water such as lakes
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but most common in preschool and school age children
  • May be mild without symptoms to severe
  • Life threatening

Dispose of urine and stool in a sanitary way

 

FOR ITCHING

  • Avoid scratching
  • Cut fingernails short, and consider wearing gloves at night to prevent scratching
  • Use mild, fragrance free soap and laundry detergent
  • Cover area with cold wet bandages or take a cool bath
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage)
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Diphenhydramine

 

FOR NAUSEA

  • Drink clear or ice-cold drinks (avoid drinks high in sugar)
  • Eat light, bland foods (crackers or plain bread)
  • Avoid fried, greasy, or sweet foods
  • Eat slowly and eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Do not mix hot and cold foods
  • Avoid activity after eating
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Diphenhydramine
    • Cyclizine
    • Dimenhydrinate
    • Meclizine

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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