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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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PINEDA-REYES, Roberto; LLANOS-CUENTAS, Alejandro  and  DANCUART, Mauricio. Traditional treatments in an endemic area of american cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Peru. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2015, vol.32, n.4, pp.761-765. ISSN 1726-4634.

In order to know the first-choice treatment by villagers of an endemic area of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) prior to medical attention in a health care center, a cross sectional study was realized in Pichupampa town. A census was made in order to collect demographic data and previous history of CL. 254 participants were surveyed. 41.7% (106/254) of the village had CL at least once in their lives and only half of them went to a health center to seek for primary care. 76/106 (71.7%) used some traditional treatment as their first choice and only 23.6% (25/106) subjects went to a health-care center without manipulation of their lesions. It’s evident that a high percentage (71.7%) of people potentially infected by CL manipulate and treat their lesions with traditional treatments prior to professional health-care, actions that could interfere with the diagnosis and effectiveness of the program implemented by the Health Ministry

Keywords : Leishmaniasis, cutaneous; Treatment; Medicine, traditional.

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