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"Good evening doc. I'm a 34 year old mother of 3kids. I started having body itches since 1997, that's about 18years now. The itching comes and goes and when I scratch it leaves my skin swollen. The swellings go down after a while. I have been on loratyn and piriton for years. Early this year I did a test for microfilariae which came out positive. I was given a prescription for cenocide for 2 months consecutively. The third month which was September I took 3 tablets of mectizan and was asked to take another dose in march next year. I am still itching though. I saw a physiotherapist who said it might be irregularities with my white blood cells. I honestly need a breakthrough with this itching. Thank you."

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    A 37 years year old female asked:
    2 years ago
    Good evening doc. I'm a 34 year old mother of 3kids. I started having body itches since 1997, that's about 18years now. The itching comes and goes and when I scratch it leaves my skin swollen. The swellings go down after a while. I have been on loratyn and piriton for years. Early this year I did a test for microfilariae which came out positive. I was given a prescription for cenocide for 2 months consecutively. The third month which was September I took 3 tablets of mectizan and was asked to take another dose in march next year. I am still itching though. I saw a physiotherapist who said it might be irregularities with my white blood cells. I honestly need a breakthrough with this itching. Thank you.
    Dr. Gbenga A answered:
    2 years ago
    Good evening. The filariasis can cause serious itching and is most likely responsible for the symptoms you are experiencing. The issue is, the mectizan only takes care of the eggs of the filarial worm. The adult worms in the skin still remain and are the cause of the itching you currently have. For more clarification , i would suggest you saw a dermatologist.
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