Parasites and NS
This is some of the info I dug up. Read for yourselves and think, could your kid have parasites? Could you? Do you have weird symptoms that no doctor can find a cause for? MIGHT BE parasites.
The frustrating thing is, as I found, the medical world does not "believe" in them. The tests don´t show them even if you get tested. Proper tests costs a fortune! Not everyone has an insurance. The tests abroad and the medical bills are huge! A big thank you to L`s grandmother, what we would have done without the insurance she gets for all her grandchildren as a gift, I don´t know.
But when it is a question of your child´s health, what is too expensive?
I don´t pretend to understand half this stuff below, but it was enough to get bells ringing and certainly worth testing.
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Minimal-change disease is the last entity associated with nephrotic syndrome in parasitic diseases.
Glomerular lesions observed in parasitic infections cover the whole range of lesions known. Most of these lesions are proliferative and therefore show an accumulation of cells in the glomerular tuft, i.e., a membranoproliferative (synonym of mesangiocapillary) or mesangioproliferative type of glomerulonephritis. Glomerular lesions with little or no proliferation, such as in membranous glomerulopathy, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, and minimal-change disease, are sometimes seen.
MALARIA: It is the first parasitic infection that was clearly shown to be associated with nephrotic syndrome in tropical areas. Moreover, areas of the world with a high incidence of nephrotic syndrome overlap with those where Plasmodium malariae occurs.
Dioctophyme renale is commonly referred to as "giant kidney worm" because it is the largest helminth] to parasitize humans and has the propensity to affect the kidneys.
Levamisole: an anti-parasite drug that has been shown to help to prevent relapses in children.
Prednisone is a steroid that reduces inflammation caused by the dying and dead worms.
This from a blog I cannot remember where:
All, If you think you have Strongyloides stercoralis infection, DO NOT take corticosteroids for allergies or hives, or arthritis. Apparently it really helps that bug further disseminate, and taking these immune suppressing drugs been linked to *many* fatalities due to hyperinfection. I just got over a full blown full body allergic reaction (1st time), and I took a quick dose of pednisone, provided by actual allergy doctor, and, although it helped and brought the reaction under control, I had a very active secondary [parasitic?] reaction which feels small and disseminated, and discontinued it. It felt like the itchie twitchies *that move*. Then I did some reading, and lo, immune suppressing drugs are NOT good if you have Strongyloides.
Anyone interested can Google:
My final thoughts were that my immune system suddenly recognized a mild case of something disseminated and had a massive histamine response (bumps everywhere palm of hands, back, arms, legs, mouth, etc)- This makes me take a whole new look at allergies/hives: maybe people's immune systems DO readily detect parasites, but we then call it asthma, allergies, etc, etc.
Some sources suggest that before one considers taking corticosteroids, like for arthritis, they should first get checked out for Strongyloides.
Strongyloidiasis is a human parasitic disease caused by the nematode (roundworm) Strongyloides stercoralis, or sometimes S. fülleborni. It can cause a number of symptoms in people, principally skin symptoms, abdominal pain, diarrhea and weight loss. In some people, particularly those who require corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive medication, Strongyloides can cause a hyperinfection syndrome that can lead to death if untreated. The diagnosis is made by blood and stool tests. The drug ivermectin is widely used in the treatment of strongyloidiasis.
The drug ivermectin is widely used in the treatment of strongyloidiasis.
There are lots more, some very disgusting clips on youtube too. Bon appetit!