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I pretty sure I have worms and I'm 30 weeks pregnant! Can pinworms, hookworms or tapeworms hurt my baby?

I pretty sure I have worms and I'm 30 weeks pregnant! Can pinworms, hookworms or tapeworms hurt my baby?

Indirectly, yes: it can cause anemia in the mother, which in turn can affect fetal growth, but what makes you so sure? Would you tell your doctor about it and get treated, unless you have no access to prenatal care, then you better get started ...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