Treatment. Dracunculiasis requires a treatment that has transited many thousands of years. It is an ancient treatment for an ancient disease. Their is no modern drug that can be used, particularly because of the dangers to the host if the adult worm dies while occupying the musculoskeletal tissues. Some medications can be used to alleviate symptoms, but not to kill the worm. As such, the traditional approach to eliminating this pathogen, which transcends temporal, geographic, and cultural boundaries, is the stick. Yes, you read that correctly. As the worm begins to emerge from the surface of the infected individual's skin, the end of the worm is wound around a small stick. This is done very slowly, gradually winding only a centimeter or two per hour, or even per day, over the course of what can take days to weeks to complete:
The slow process is required because it is critical not to break the worm, which would kill it and present a far greater danger to the host than the mere presence of the worm.
This ancient treatment method for what was once an extraordinarily common disease across much of the world is likely the source of the symbolism in the Staff of Asclepius, who was the god of healing and medicine in Greek mythology:
And which today likely serves as the basis for the symbol of healing for many health and health care organizations around the world.
Try doing footbaths using Epsom Salt and Borax in the hottest water you can stand. You should feel a drawing effect that will soothe your feet if nothing else.