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Do I have hookworm infection our am i delusional? I have been feeling things for about four months- crawling, stinging sensations. Everyone i know has dismissed it as symptoms of stress because I have lost my job, home, personal belongings, vehicle, most

Do I have hookworm infection our am i  delusional? I have been feeling things for about four months- crawling, stinging sensations. Everyone i know has dismissed it as symptoms of stress because I have lost my job, home, personal belongings, vehicle, most

Hello. : Hello. It sounds like you have a lot of stressors right now. Methamphetamine abusers can have profound problems with itching and often believe that they have parasites. The belief that the person has a parasite is called "meth mites". As a result of meth use, the person develops intense itching and scratches his or herself to the point of developing a rash or numerous bloody sores. I treated one man with methamphetamine addiction, who developed sepsis (infection in the blood) because of obsessive scratching, picking at his skin and trying to dig out what he throught was scabies with a knife. There are some people with serious mental disorders that develop something called tactile hallucinations, in which they have physical sensations which they might attribute to bugs, parasites, spiders etc. (when in fact there are no bugs or parasites present). Hookworm is a parasitic worm that lives in the small intestine. Their eggs hatch in dirt. If you walked barefoot in contaminated dirt, there is a possibility that a hookworm could enter your skin. I am doubtful that what you are experiencing is hookworm from your description, because they normally are in the gut where they often cause no symptoms. A more serious complication would be blood loss with resulting anemia. They would not be crawling in and out of your skin. It is clear that you are feeling miserable. I hope that you are able to determine the cause of this soon and get appropriate care. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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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What is done for a hookworm problems?

What is done for a hookworm problems?

Anti-parasitics: After obtaining a medical history, performing an examination & obtaining indicated medical tests, the doctor would normally prescribe an antiparasitic medication. ...Read more

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Could you pick up hookworms from your dog if they lick your face?

Could you pick up hookworms from your dog if they lick your face?

No: Hookworms enter your body when you walk on infected grassland, commonly infected from the feces of infected animals including dogs. The infection is not carried in saliva. ...Read more

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My dog tested positive for hookworms. I was wondering if i could have gotten them and what would be the signs and symptoms of hookworms in humans?

My dog tested positive for hookworms. I was wondering if i could have gotten them and what would be the signs and symptoms of hookworms in humans?

Possible, but not...: It's possible to get hookworms from a pet, but hookworm infections are not that common here compared to in developing countries. Tests are done on a person's stool. There are no specific symptoms of hookworm infection. They can cause intestinal inflammation and progressive iron-deficiency anemia. Larval invasion through the skin may cause very itchy sites that look like bug bites. ...Read more

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How can hookworms cause anemia?

How can hookworms cause anemia?

Yes: They hook onto the bowel wall leading to blood loss. They also cause protein loss. In children, it can slow growth and mental development. ...Read more

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Do hookworms leave small white trail marking(s), on skin?

Do hookworms leave small white trail marking(s), on skin?

Usually: It is usually more like wheals or hives. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more