Nursing Interventions for Filariasis


  1. Monitor client’s vital signs, particularly the temperature.
  2. Assess skin color and integrity. Note for wounds, bleeding or any skin changes.
  3. Assess for any discomfort and pain.
  4. Provide wound care.
  5. Elevate affected body area to reduce swelling.
  6. Administer medications if ordered and discuss them to the client.
  7. Assess for reactions to the drug therapy.
  8. Provide support to perform basic activities.
  9. Encourage range of motion and simple exercises of the affected extremities to stimulate lymphatic flow.
  10. Recognize client’s self-esteem needs.
  11. Monitor for any alteration in respiratory function since tropical pulmonary eosinophilia is a rare but potentially serious complication of lymphatic filariasis.
  12. Provide health teaching and information for continuity of care.
  13. Teach patient of prevention methods:
  1. Checking themselves to the health of the possibility of clinical symptoms of disease.
  2. Trying to avoid mosquito bites by:

> Using sleep-wear mosquito nets

> Covering the holes / ventilation houses with fine mesh wire

> Not letting the mosquitoes to nest in or around the home

> Killing mosquitoes with mosquito sprays

  1. Washing water or sewer plants to eliminate mosquito breeding places
  2. Emphasize on regular periodic follow-up screening, with repeated treatment as and when indicated since there is no reliable diagnostic test to positively establish that the adult worm has been killed



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