In addition to analyzing your symptoms and clinical history, the doctor will perform a physical examination and request a blood test to confirm the diagnosis. If you have Chagas disease, your doctor will probably order additional diagnostic tests such as an echocardiogram, electrocardiogram, endoscopy, chest, and abdominal X-rays, which help determine the stage of the infection and if you have heart and/or digestive damage.
Pharmacological treatment consists of eradicating the parasite and controlling specific symptoms by taking various medications. But if the disease has progressed to the chronic phase, the treatment will consist of controlling the symptoms and attending to the cardiac or digestive complications presented, either with drugs or with surgery.
How to prevent it:
If you live or travel to areas with a high incidence of this disease, you must follow these recommendations:
- Try not to sleep outdoors or in rustic houses.
- Put up mosquito nets that cover the bed and spray insecticide on them.
- Use insecticides to avoid the presence of insects carrying the parasite.
- Apply insect repellent to your skin.
At ABC Medical Center’s Internal Medicine Department, we offer health care services with the highest quality and safety, from the prevention, diagnosis, timely treatment, and monitoring of infectious, respiratory, endocrinological, dermatological, rheumatic, nephrological, gastrointestinal, and hematological pathologies of both chronic-degenerative diseases and acute conditions, through a comprehensive and multidisciplinary model.