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How do you know you have worms?

The type of parasites that are commonly referred to as a worms are Helminths. Since pinworms are within your body, you might not be able to see them. The symptoms below may indicate that you have intestinal worms.

Common Symptoms of Pinworms Include

  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • Appetite loss
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fatigue
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Frequently Asked Questions

What do pinworks look like?

They can be seen by the naked eye and are white and about the size of staple.

What is the best time to look for pinworms?

When there is itching in the rectal area, it is likely the worms are migrating and depositing eggs.

How does a person get pinworms?

People acquire pinworms by swallowing their eggs on fingers, under fingernails, or from other contaminated objects or surfaces.

Doctors can use different tests for different kinds of worms – parasites in general – depending on your symptoms and other indicators.

The symptoms above may indicate that you have intestinal worms. There are other kinds of worms that can live under your skin, in your blood, or other organs. These are rarer than the ones that hide in your digestive system.


How can you get Worms?

Since there is a wide spectrum of parasitical worms that you can get, there is a variety of ways in which you can get them. In many cases, personal hygiene does not play a role; it is your environment and what you consume what can make you ill:

  • Worms and other parasites are often found in the water
  • Drinking contaminated water is the most common way of getting worms and parasitic infections
  • Swimming in contaminated water can also get you sick – from parasites that go into your eyes and skin
  • Mosquito bites or in some cases ticks and other insects can also carry parasites
  • Mammals and other animals may carry parasites 
  • Unless you eat a contaminated animal, the worms or parasites are more likely to infect a source of water than you directly

Keep in mind that you can also ingest worm eggs which will later develop into parasites. 

What can you do to Avoid Getting Worms?

From the information above, you will see that there are some steps you can take to avoid getting worms or other parasitic infections. Here are some recommendations that can help you prevent an infection from those nasty parasites:

  • Make sure the water that you use to drink and cook is clean
  • If you are in a place where water treatment is poor or non-existent, boil your water thoroughly
  • You can also use chlorine tabs, iodine drops, and other chemical treatment kits that are common in outdoor shops
  • There are also UV light purifiers and water filters that you can purchase
  • Try to avoid vegetables or other fresh produce from sources that you do not trust
  • Wash produce as thoroughly as possible when you buy it at the store
  • Cook your meat well, especially pork meat
  • Wear water proof boots in muddy areas to avoid worms that infect you through your skin
  • Treat your pets with anti-parasitic/de-worming medication according to your vet’s recommendations

Of course, none of these recommendations are absolutely bullet proof. You might take all the precautions necessary and still end up being the inadvertent host of a nasty worm – especially when they invade your body through your skin.

Treating Worm Infections

After reading about these parasitic infections, you might be disgusted or even scared by the prospects of getting worms. The good news is that doctors nowadays have a wide range of treatments to kill all of these unwanted parasites in your body.

Treatments may vary and they might include medication beyond antiparasitic drugs. Your doctor may prescribe the following medication in tandem with your worm medication:

  • Steroids or anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Pain killers
  • Anti-seizure medicine

Information is Crucial to Diagnose a Worm Infection

Just remember, all the information you can give your doctor is crucial to diagnose a worm infection correctly. If you have been abroad in a tropical or less developed place recently, or you have been in the countryside or on farmland, your doctor can use that information to order further tests that can show if you have worms or not.

Our doctors here at Antidote.ai are avid listeners. They can help you with your worm infection. Make sure you inform your doctor about any recent travel outside the US during your online consultation.



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