How can I treat the parasitic disease "Leishmaniasis" caused by a sand fly bite?
May 4, 2012 10:57 AM Subscribe
Tropical Parasitic Disease Filter: Help! What treatments are available for Leishmaniasis, caused by the Sand Fly Parasite?
posted by Aleatoire to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Dear anyone who might have any experiences with Leishmaniasis: Please help!
I am living and working in Cambodia. Last month, I returned from a trip to the coast with a sand fly bite on my calf that, over the course of the next few days, became noticeably infected.
At the time, I wasn't concerned -- I was taking good care of the wound with alcohol and regular cleaning, and it seemed to be on its way to healing : until it turned into an infected nickel-sized crater speckled with increased infection. What's more, a scratch (acquired at the same time as the bite) on my other foot now looks very similar to the infected bite, albeit smaller.
I am afraid that it is spreading and the site of the original infection is getting larger. I cannot find any information online about the treatment. I began to panic when I read that "treatment has traditionally been unsatisfactory because of drug toxicities, poor responses, multiple disease syndromes, and other factors". I also read that the only treatment is via the ingestion of antimony, a heavy metal.
Help dear Metafilter! Tomorrow, I am going to the local hospital. But, given that I do not know the language, I do not know what kind of treatment to expect -- or if they can even provide anything else than a more generic antibiotic.