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What are the cause of ascaris? what are the treatment of ascaris?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Roundworm : Ascariasis is an intestinal infestation with the roundworm ascaris lumbricoides. It is an earthworm sized worm that can be treated with a number of drugs such as Mebendazole or albendazole.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Ascaris Lumbricoides: Ascaris lumbricoides (parasitic helmith worms) can be passed when contaminated night soil (human feces is used as fertilizer) is used to grow produce. Lack of sanitation can also be a factor if infected people defecate near food crops. Ascaris eggs on produce (raw vegetables or fruit), containers, unwashed hands of food handlers, etc can also contaminate food. Ascaris is ingested. Ascaris >.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Provided original answer
infections are not common in the US. Ascariasis infections are most prevalent in tropical & subtropical environments. In Assymptomatic cases no treatment may be required. Medications include: Ivermectin, albendazole & Mebendazole. Surgery is sometimes required to treat obstructions of bile duct or intestines or GI tract perforations.
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