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View the documentGuinea worm fact sheet
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close this folderGuinea worm graphics
View the documentGraphic 1 - Family without guinea worm
View the documentGraphic 2 - Family suffering from guinea worm
View the documentGraphic 3 - Prevention of guinea worm disease
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View the documentGraphic 5 - Preventing recontamination of pond water
View the documentGraphic 6 - Health education in the community
View the documentGraphic 7 - Transmission of guinea worm disease
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View the documentGraphic 9* - Cause of guinea worm disease
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View the documentGraphic 11 - Impact of guinea worm disease
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View the documentGraphic 14 - Life cycle of the guinea worm
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View the documentGraphic 16 - Treatment of guinea worm
View the documentGraphic 17 - Transmission of guinea worm disease
 

Graphic 16 - Treatment of guinea worm


Treatment of guinea worm

(In this graphic, a man washes his guinea worm sore to avoid infection. A discussion about guinea worm is going on in the background.)

CONSIDERATIONS:

 

• There are many traditional beliefs and customs concerning treatment of the disease. Know the local beliefs and be diplomatic in suggesting the following generally accepted treatments:

 

- Keep wounds as clean as possible. Wash with soap and water at least once a day. Never wash the wound by immersing it in the water source. Use a container of wash-water instead, and do not throw water back into the source.

- Suggest cleaning the wound with antiseptic before applying any traditional oils or herbs.

- Apply a clean dressing if acceptable.

- Apply topical antibiotics for secondary infections.

- Relieve pain with aspirin if available.

- Obtain tetanus immunization if possible.

- Wind the worm slowly and carefully onto a match stick as it comes out. Tape or tie the stick down to prevent any unraveling. Wind a little each day until the first sign of resistance. Do not go further than that or you may break the worm-which can lead to further infection and complications.

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