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A 48-year-old female asked:

I have been diagnosed with an ascaris lumbricoides (large roundworm) infection. the one/two day dose of abendazole did not work. i still have them. i feel one moving in/out my middle ear canal past month. how do i entice it to expel out my ear?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Not ascariasis: Ascaris does not affect any body areas except intestines and, rarely, liver and lungs. They do not migrate to the ear; whatever you are experiencing has some other cause. Albendazole is highly effective; the way to know if has worked is to test stool for the worm's eggs. If done and negative, you are cured. Keep working with your doctor. https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/ascariasis/index.html

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