Sorry rather long: I was diagnosed about 20 years ago with Schistosomiasis while living in U.S. after paddling in fresh water in remote area close to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Attacked from knees down and smothered in red itchy dots. Treated by a dermatologist friend (in U.S.) with a one-dose pill (Praziquantel?). He said it would get rid of it and I had no follow up. He is now deceased and I cannot obtain records. There was a delay of more than 10 days between infestation and treatment.
Have had annoying health problems since and now in 50s. Have read 'Guess What Came to Dinner' and this, and further research, confirmed my fear I may still have this parasite and the one-dose pill may not have eradicated it at the time. Have suffered with skin problems since that time, and also joint and bladder problems. I now live in the U.K. NHS doctors do not entertain any notion about this and will not do tests and I fear have now branded me as a hypochondriac! (Unbelievable, considering I was diagnosed and had this, but have no written proof). I did a parasite cleanse, but realise this would not get rid of my problem if it is schistosomiasis.
I do not know where to turn for help to determine whether I may still have this or not. It is almost impossible to get anything done here on NHS without going through GP and I cannot afford private medical insurance. I may have to consider some type of private testing but do not know where to go in UK or elsewhere without having to go through GP. I tried calling Tropical Diseases/traveller hospitals and clinics here but they will not see you without a GP referral! I do not know where I could go privately to have a sample taken, or maybe obtain a 'field kit'? to effect a diagnosis so that I could then go to my GP armed with this and seek treatment. Can anyone suggest anything please? Would be eternally grateful for any help or advice. (Long-time fan of ALG).