Information about Worms
We Have to Know about the Worms
- Wormlike parasites, called helminths live in the gastrointestinal tract and cause symptoms either by their very presence or they deprive the body of nutrients
Could be dangerous, if the answer is YES for any one of the following questions
Causes of Worms
- Roundworm, Tapeworm, Threadworm, Bilharziasis, Toxocariasis, Hookworm, Pinworm, Whipworm.
Do’s and Don’ts – Worms
- Personal cleanliness
Signs & Symptoms of Worms
- Roundworm- Transmitted by ingesting food or water which contains its eggs. Symptoms are abdominal pain, nausea, weight loss, and diarrhea. Hygienic disposal of feces is required to avoid this.
- Tapeworm- Transmitted by eating undercooked meat. Symptoms include abdominal pain, epilepsy, and fluid in the brain.
- Threadworm- occurs mainly in moist tropical regions, especially in rural areas, institutional settings, and lower socio-economic groups. Symptoms include itching, urticarial rashes in the buttocks and waist areas, diarrhea alternating with constipation, abdominal pains, nausea and vomiting, and cough with bloodstained sputum.
Medical advice for Worms
- If symptoms persist for more than 1 week
Risk factors of Worms
Treatment for Worms
- Oral medicines
Self-care for Worms
- Food hygiene
Investigations for Worms
- Lab tests