[TREATMENT & PREVENTION]

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Treatment of cercariae dermatitis is based on reducing the inflammatory response. Antipruritc medications or lotions are usually adequate. Antihistamines or steroids may be useful in cases of extensive inflammatory responses.

Several individual measures can be taken to prevent the disease as well:

However, on a larger scale prevention has not been as easily accomplished. Piping water to villages seems to have only a minor effect unless the water is first treated thoroughly. Destruction of snails by molluscicides and weed clearance from streams and canals are ecologically and financially unfeasible.


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