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