When an infected female mosquito bites a person, she may inject the worm larvae, called microfilariae, into the blood. The microfilariae reproduce and spread throughout the bloodstream, where they can live for many years. Often disease symptoms do not appear until years after infection. As the parasites accumulate in the blood vessels, they can restrict circulation and cause fluid to build up in surrounding tissues. The most common, visible signs of infection are excessively enlarged arms, legs, genitalia, and breasts.
Medicines to treat lymphatic filariasis are most effective when used soon after infection, but they do have some toxic side effects. In addition, the disease is difficult to detect early. Therefore, improved treatments and laboratory tests are
It most commonly affects the limbs and can occasionally move to the scrotal areas and outer genitalia.
please people, you might think its funny, but this is a serious and painful disease, its not right to make fun of these people, most of them live in areas where good medical help is hard to find so they can't get relief from this curable disease until its too late and its gone into later stages(when it is incurable). And you all seem to think its a joke.
Passed on by a insect, and something a family does not like to talk about.
For years I did not know what grand ma had, why her leg was so big and not so pleasant to look at. For this disease was something no one spoke of in my family.
Hearing the people and children at church point and stare was not something a grand daughter should ever have to witness, but having a grandmother like I did who had elephantitis and a God worshiping women she never got upset by these people pointing and commenting, she would just smile as my grandpa or uncle would help her get to where she was going.
My grandmother is passed on now, and I miss her dearly.
Just a grand daughters view of Elephantitis.
How the hell do you get your pants on?!
Just make sure you duck when he blows his wad!