What is Acanthamoeba Infection|Causes|Symptoms|Treatment

4) Symptoms: –

Acanthamoeba Keratitis: –

The symptoms of Acanthamoeba Keratitis can be very similar to the symptoms of common eye infections. The symptoms can last for several weeks to months and are not the same for everyone and may include: –

  • Eye pain.
  • Eye redness.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Sensation of something in the eye.
  • Excessive tearing.

Granulomatous Amebic Encephalitis (GAE): –

When the infection is in the brain and the spinal cord, the patient can suffer from:

  • Headaches.
  • Stiff neck.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Tiredness.
  • Confusion.
  • Lack of attention to people and surroundings.
  • Loss of balance and bodily control.
  • Seizures.
  • Hallucinations.
  • Sensitivity to light.
  • Loss of coordination.
  • Fever.
  • Muscular weakness or partial paralysis affecting one side of the body.

The symptoms progress over several weeks and death usually occurs.

Disseminated infection: –

Disseminated infection shows up as inflammation of the lungs or sinuses and or skin infections but has the potential to spread to the brain. Skin infections caused by Acanthamoeba can appear as reddish nodules, skin ulcers, or abscesses in the skin.

It can occur both with and without the GAE.


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