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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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I have intestinal parasites/worms. My Doctor put me on medication. Will I see the worms come out in my stool when they die?

I have intestinal parasites/worms. My Doctor put me on medication. Will I see the worms come out in my stool when they die?

Possibly: You may see dead worms, fragments or nothing. Most medications for worms are very effective however. Don't worry if you see nothing. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I took my dog to the vet and he was positive for hookworms. My bowel movements have been strange and they seem to have white-ish sesame seed like things all in it. If i had hookworms, wouldn't i find worms in stool?

I took my dog to the vet and he was positive for hookworms. My bowel movements have been strange and they seem to have white-ish sesame seed like things all in it. If i had hookworms, wouldn't i find worms in stool?

No: If one has hookworm infestation, the worm is generally not seen in the stool but hookworm eggs are. Dog hookworm can cause rashes in people related to the larval form (cutaneous larva migrans) but not mature to its adult form. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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I didn't have a bowel movement in 6 days then had diarrhea now have soft worm like stool 5 times a day feel unevacuateuated can it be fecal impaction?

I didn't have a bowel movement in 6 days then had diarrhea now have soft worm like stool 5 times a day feel unevacuateuated can it be fecal impaction?

Constipation: You have paradoxical diarrhea where you have liquid to soft stool bypassing an obstruction caused by your hard constipated stool. Enemas are in order to get good and cleaned out. ...Read more

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How should I know if I have intestinal worms?

See details: See a doctor and collect stool specimens that can be examined for the presence of worms. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Can raw garlic kill intestinal worms?

Can raw garlic kill intestinal worms?

Not reliably...: Parasites are best addressed with specific "antibiotics" aimed at them. Testing your stool can typically identify both eggs and the worm, if present. Speak with your doctor about your specific exposure risks and concerns so you can be ideally advised. ...Read more

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Does alcohol help in killing intestinal worms?

Does alcohol help in killing intestinal worms?

NO. See a physician: Your worms might enjoy the alcohol, but it won't hurt them. See a physician to find out what kind you have (requires a stool test) and get the correct medicine. ...Read more

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Can intestinal gas be a sign or symptom of a intestinal worm infestation? What are signs of worms in humans? Where and what kinds of tests are there?

Intestinal parasites: Usually present with abdominal pain or cramping, nausea, diarrhea etc.Microscopic exam of stool can confirm the presence of parasites.Intestinal parasites is uncommon in the western world where we practice good hygiene and we don't walk barefoot. With your symptoms and if all your tests are negative, sometimes we make a diagnosis of ibs/ irritable bowel syndrome. Take care! ...Read more

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Dr. Laura McMullen
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A 7 year old child has intestinal worms, what types of medications should he be given? It is causing severe itching. Medication or anything that will relieve the itching would be very highly helpful. Help needed asap please.

There : There are many different kinds of worms that can infect humans. Since you mentioned itching, i assume that you are talking about pinworms? If you are not sure what kind of worms your child has, you should call his doctor. Pinworm infections are extremely common - most often seen in kids between ages 5 and 10. It is spread by person to person contact. Animals do not harbor pinworms. The most common symptom is an itchy anal area, especially at night when the worms are most active. It is usually not dangerous - just annoying - and is easily treated with medications. Albendazole and Mebendazole are the two medications used most often to kill the worms. Pyrantyl pamoate (pin-x) is less effective and has higher rate of side effects, so is not used as often. Everyone in the household should be treated at the same time to avoid re-infection. A few tips to prevent re-infection after treatment are: -wash hands carefully after using the bathroom and before eating -wash all bedding, clothing and toys to destroy lingering eggs -wash underwear and pajamas daily for 2 weeks -wash sheets every 3-7 days for 3 weeks reinfection a few months after treatment is common, so if your symptoms reappear, call your doctor. Pinworms do not cause abdominal pain, bloody stools, fevers, or poor appetite, so if you have any of these symptoms, you need to contact your doctor. ...Read more

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