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99%sure family has broad tapeworm infection. All 9 showing symptoms. 10+ diff. Drs in oklahoma don't believe us. Help! 3 are infants. All ate same fish?

99%sure family has broad tapeworm infection. All 9 showing symptoms. 10+ diff. Drs in oklahoma don't believe us. Help! 3 are infants. All ate same fish?

Tapeworm: I hear your concern. Unfortunately, doctors don't believe self diagnosis, because despite most fervent claims, objective data are often lacking to support them. If you are sure that you ; your family members are infested with tapeworm, then it would be so easy to prove by giving a stool sample for testing and if it is there, it will be readily revealed. But if none is found, then there's a proble. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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If a human accidentally swallowed an infected flea (tapeworm), can the body fight off the infection, or is getting a tapeworm guaranteed?

If a human accidentally swallowed an infected flea (tapeworm), can the body fight off the infection, or is  getting a tapeworm guaranteed?

Below: The body may "fight off the infection". First you need to know if the flea ingested was infected. And because you swallowed it, that is now impossible. Perhaps the animal the flea came from could be checked for fleas and that would give more information. ...Read more

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Can IBS cause mucus in BMs? How can I tell the difference between strings of mucus and a possible tapeworm infection?

Can IBS cause mucus in BMs?  How can I tell the difference between strings of mucus and a possible tapeworm infection?

Mucous in stool: Why are you considering IBS? If what you are seeing in your stool is truly mucous, then you could have inflammation of the lining or wall of the bowels. I doubt that you would have mucous in your stool and no other symptoms or signs whatsoever. If you do have a tapeworm infestation (which is uncommon in the U.S.), you could see proglottids in your stool, which look NOTHING like mucous. ...Read more

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I might have accidentally swallowed tiny amounts of dog stools and worried about the roundworm, tapeworm infections which may lead to death? Pls help?

I might have accidentally swallowed tiny amounts of dog stools and worried about the roundworm, tapeworm infections which may lead to death? Pls help?

Won't die: Round worms / tape worms are annoying and rarely uncomfortable but you won't die. If you have accidental exposure (such as eating with unwashed hands after cleaning up from an infected animal) have your doctor test your own poop. Simple medications are avaialbe, if needed. ...Read more

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Can tapeworm infection become systemic? Can it invade the subcutaneous tissue (face, extremities, torso) in the form of swelling, tape-like drainage?

Can tapeworm infection become systemic? Can it invade the subcutaneous tissue (face, extremities, torso) in the form of swelling, tape-like drainage?

Can be serious: Pork tapeworms in particular can migrate to other parts of the body and cause damage in the liver, eyes, heart, and brain and these infections can end up being life-threatening.Otherwise we usually see nausea, weakness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite OR hunger,fatigue, weight loss, and vitamin deficiencies. Roundworms and hookworms are more likely,I believe,to cause cutaneous symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a terrible parasite and tapeworm infections pork related.. It has gone through my throat and nasal passages and the back of my neck to my brain. It is hurting me and I need help badly before it is too late. This is not a joke. My doc doesn't know w

I have a terrible parasite and tapeworm infections pork related.. It has gone through my throat and nasal passages and the back of my neck to my brain. It is hurting me and I need help badly before it is too late. This is not a joke. My doc doesn't know w

Vivid imagination: but is true , infection to brain is by a different path , ingestion pork tape warm eggs enter the bloodstream and larvae hatch in brain ( and other organs including eye ) , cysticercosis . First speak to your doctor have CT of brain done , if negative then is your imagination . But if positive you are right need brain surgery for cure then You don't need psychiatrist ...Read more

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I just read that you are in danger of getting a tapeworm from uncooked salmon, is the same true of cooked salmon, or any other fish? Very concerned!

I just read that you are in danger of getting a tapeworm from uncooked salmon, is the same true of cooked salmon, or any other fish? Very concerned!

Cook your fish: Tapeworm infection can occur from eating raw or undercooked fish or meat from an infected animal. Always make certain your hygiene is good, cook your fish and meat well and be careful where you eat out to avoid getting this. ...Read more

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What is the consistency/feel of tapeworm segments? I had many small white items in my stool and when I fished one out, it was firm but easily crushed.

What is the consistency/feel of tapeworm segments? I had many small white items in my stool and when I fished one out, it was firm but easily crushed.

Tapeworm: If you are seeing white segments in your stool, you most likely have a tapeworm. You need to be treated, call your doctor, he or she will likely want a stool specimen. Good luck. ...Read more

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Whay is my vagina has strong fish smell? My vagina has stron fish smell i don't have any simtoms of infection is there a problem with me?

Whay is my vagina  has strong fish smell? My vagina has stron fish smell i don't have any simtoms of infection is there a problem with me?

Yes: Foul smelling discharge needs to be evaluated. The most common cause is a nonsexually transmitted overgrowth of bacteria called bacterial vaginosis. Testing for other sexually transmitted disease may need to be done as well. ...Read more

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I love sushi, can I get listeria infection from raw fish?

I love sushi, can I get listeria infection from raw fish?

No: Listeriosis primarily is foodborne. Incriminated foods include unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses, undercooked poultry, and unwashed raw vegetables. ...Read more

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I have fished out 5 small pieces of stitches from a small skin excision. Should I be worried about infection? Should I report this to the clinic?

I have fished out 5 small pieces of stitches from a small skin excision.  Should I be worried about infection? Should I report this to the clinic?

PROBLEM STITCHES: FOR THIS STITCH PROBLEM, YOU SHOULD PROBABLY GO BACK TO THE "STITCHER" AND FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON. BEST LUCK ...Read more

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Having candida, ureaplasma, and another urinary infection. Noticed a smell like 'fish'. Taking perscribed medicines. Anything additional to do?

Having candida, ureaplasma, and another urinary infection. Noticed a smell like 'fish'. Taking perscribed medicines. Anything additional to do?

Probiotics: If you are being treated for vaginitis (mixed, from your description) then that usually helps restore normal ph balance in the vagina to rid the fishy smell. Some women find help in decreasing the frequency of vaginitis by taking a probiotic, or acidophilus, or garlic supplement. For women with recurrent vaginitis there are longer regimens of medication that can be used as suppression therapy. ...Read more

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Family diagnosed with pinworms/crazy/other bought microscope black dots on them look like broad fish tapeworm larvae. I'm not infected. Help its bad?

Family diagnosed with pinworms/crazy/other bought microscope black dots on them look like broad fish tapeworm larvae. I'm not infected. Help its bad?

See a doctor 4 tx: If your situation feels desperate, and you suspect worms or larvae, it's best to see a doctor immediately for treatment. They have a microscope too, and can take a sample for definitive diagnosis. So that the person can be treated quickly and effectively. Do listen to what they say and recommend. It won't go away by itself. You need help. ...Read more

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My girlfriends vagina smells like a fish market floor! could this be a yeast infection?

My girlfriends vagina smells like a fish market floor! could this be a yeast infection?

Bacterial vaginosis: Most likely she has bv, an overgrowth of vaginal bacteria that requires very specific prescription medication. Often, semen can have a very distinct odor. The infection can be transmitted back and forth by sexual contact. See your healthcare provider for proper evaluation. ...Read more

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When I eat chicken, fish or egg my whole body skin turns into allergic.It's some kind of blood infection.

Vague: Your description is very vague. There must be something your body reacts to in these food products but your description is so vague. Now sure how to help you ...Read more

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I've suffered BV most of my life. Now I'm continuously suffering bladder/UTI infections, instead of fish, it smells bitter/sour?

I've suffered BV most of my life. Now I'm continuously suffering bladder/UTI infections, instead of fish, it smells bitter/sour?

Here's some...: How have you been diagnosed with BV? By Sx or by "smell"? If by Sx + malodorous discharge + tests, BV would make sense; if not but by smell alone, it would need to redefine the accuracy of Dx. So, work closely with Doc timely since something smelly may be personal & unique. ...Read more