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What is the cure for chronic worm infections?

What is the cure for chronic worm infections?

Depends on the worm: There are several different worm sp's that may infect humans. Different anthelmintics (worm medicines) are used based on the worm. Stool needs to be checked by your doctor/lab & depending on the worm medications like albendazole, Ivermectin &/or pyrantel pamoate are used. Some worms are paralyzed & passed others killed & passed. No resistance develops and reinfection if exposure risk continues. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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How serious is an infection with the guinea worm?

How serious is an infection with the guinea worm?

Depends: Guinea worm disease is one of disorders at the verge of being eradicated, thanks, in part to the efforts of President Carter. It does not occur in the US. See this site for information about the disease. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/guineaworm/disease.html ...Read more

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What symptoms are associated with a guinea worm infection?

What symptoms are associated with a guinea worm infection?

Skin masses: These are very distinctive for dracunculiasis. The worm presents no other signs / symptoms. Get it managed by someone who knows what they are doing. Today is is EXTREMELY uncommon. If you were given the diagnosis by an "independent medical thinker" and do not have skin lesions, then please see an evidence-based physician. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a tape worm infection?

Symptoms of a tape worm infection?

Few symptoms: Most people with tapeworms have no symptoms until they see part of the worm in their stool. Rarely, the fish tapeworm can cause vitamin B12 deficiency leading to anemia. ...Read more

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Any drug to treat the tape worm infection?

Any drug to treat the tape worm infection?

Absolutely: A number of agents are available but have yourself tested to make sure the worm in question is sensitive. Have you been to a third world country lately. This would be a vital bit of info for your physician. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like tape worm infection go away quickly?

Do symptoms like tape worm infection go away quickly?

If Treated: Properly treated with antibiotics, things usually get better in about 1 week. Be sure to follow all the instructions properly. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: tape worm infection?

What is the definition or description of: tape worm infection?

Worms: Infection by a type of parasitic worm called a tapeworm, usually from consuming poorly cooked contaminated meat. The worm latches onto the intestinal wall, and its free end will grow and break off into proglottids that can become new worms if the feces contaminates food eaten by others. ...Read more

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I got thread worm infection from my son and i took the recommended medication twice but i still suffer from the infection?

I got thread worm infection from my son and i took the recommended medication twice but i still suffer from the infection?

Worm infection: Threadworm or pinworm is common throughout the world. The most common reason that you did clear the infection is that you are being reinfected. You need to treat all close contacts that may be a source of infection as the means of contamination is fecal-oral. ...Read more

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I have a skin infection that had been going on for a while and it's getting worse, I think it's ring worm but I'm not sure.

I have a skin infection that had been going on for a while and it's getting worse, I think it's ring worm but I'm not sure.

Hard to say: Hard to say much without more detailed history and a photo. If you think it looks like ringworm and you don't have a fever or rapidly progressing rash, try an over the counter antifungal for a week. Generic Clotrimasole will work. Continue for several weeks twice a day until clear. If at any point it worsens again, you will need to be seen. I hear great things about your health system! ...Read more