The condition elephantiasis is also termed as filariasis. This is spread by mosquitoes. The name is used because when a patient contracted it, the arms and legs can swell which can be bigger than the usual. Aside from that, the breasts and sex organs may also swell and the affected parts can harden and thicken that at times seem to look like the skin of the elephant.

Those who live in tropical or subtropical places can most likely be affected by this disease. There are treatments and drugs available to help ease discomfort and swelling.


Swelling is the main symptom of elephantiasis. Pain sensation in the swelling area can also be experienced. Chills, fever, and discomfort can also exist.


The doctor can prescribe DEC or diethylcarbamazine that can be taken annually. Another way is to take DEC with ivermectin with the same frequency of use. When used in combination, better and long term results can be shown.


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  1. May 19, 2019

    Elephantiasis is also known as lymphatic filariasis, which is a very rare condition that’s spread by infected mosquitoes. The common name is often used because if you have it, your arms and legs can swell and become much bigger than they should be. Most cases are symptomless. Rarely, long-term damage to the lymph system causes swelling in the legs, arms and genitalia. It also increases the risk of frequent bacterial infections that harden and thicken the skin

  2. June 23, 2019

    That’s a great entirety! Elephantiasis refers to a parasitic infection that causes extreme swelling in the arms and legs. The disease is caused by the filarial worm, which is transmitted from human to human via the female mosquito when it takes a blood meal. The parasite grows into an adult worm that lives in the lymphatic system of humans. Thank you so much and carry on!

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