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I Think I May Have Ascariasis Roundworms What Do I Do Now
Confirm and treat: Visit your doctor or get a infectious diseases referral. Ascaris is uncommon in the United States, but can occur in people traveling from an endemic region. Diagnosis is typically done by identifying ascaris eggs in a stool sample using a microscope. Treatment involves Albendazole or Mebendazole given over a span of 1 to 3 days. With treatment, expect the presence of dead roundworms on defecation. ...Read more
Recently completed medication for roundworm (ascariasis), when should we do tests to see the results of outcome by medication?
Likely no need.: Depending on the medication used, the roundworm numbers are decimated or completely removed. Even if there were a few left after therapy, you may likely be asymptomatic, as is, apparently, the case with slight infections. Mebendazole is given over 3 days (100 mg PO q 12h x 3 days), and many other meds, like Albendazole only need one dose (400 mg po). That seems to be all unless re-infected. ...Read more
I have extreme headache.I also have acidity and constipation due to ascaris lumbricoides. What must i do?
Treat parasites: A good history taking can help define the type of headache you have. If you have helminths, check for other ones that could cause anemia. Certain parasites can lower your blood hemoglobin and chronic anemia can cause headaches because of high cardiac output. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mom had lap chole with CBD exploration due to biliary ascariasis.T-tube output reaches up to 900ml/day, is this normal? She is now two weeks postop
My mom had lap chole with CBD exploration due to biliary ascariasis. Her jaundice is abating, her stools are normal in color but her urine is still tea colored sometimes and her T-tube output reaches up to 900ml/day. She is now on her 2nd week post op. P
Better: I am not sure what your question is, but it sounds like she is getting better. ...Read more
Ascariasis: Because of the risk of complications, patients with ascariasis should always undergo treatment for ascariasis first. Medical therapy is usually not indicated during active pulmonary infection because dying larvae are considered a higher risk for significant pneumonitis. Albendazole 400 mg one dose orally is the drug of choice. Albendazole is not recommended during pregnancy. ...Read more
Ascariasis: Treatment includes medicines that paralyze or kill intestinal parasitic worms, such as Albendazole or mebendazole. These medicines should not be used for pregnant patients. Pyrantel pamoate is the preferred medication for pregnant patients. If there is a blockage of the intestine caused by a large number of worms, endoscopy may be used to remove the worms. In rare cases, surgery is needed. ...Read more
Ascariasis: The most common are Albendazole (albenza), Ivermectin (stromectol) and mebendazole. Each can be curative with a single oral dose, but may produce abdominal pain and nausea. None of these is available in the usa without a prescription. Before being treated you should submit a stool specimen for diagnosis. If you are not reinfected this may cure itself if you really have ascaris. ...Read more
Symptoms: As larval stages travel through the body, they may cause visceral damage, peritonitis and inflammation, enlargement of the liver or spleen, and a verminous pneumonitis. The worms in the intestine may cause malabsorption and anorexia which contribute to malnutrition. The worms can occasionally cause intestinal blockage.They can travel through the billiary tree to gall bladder casing cholycytitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My cat has round worm.Last night he touched my lips twice w/paw tryin to get attention. I didn't see anything on paw.Could I have roundworms now?
My cat had roundworms. Now I have a lump on my eyelid like a stye but it looks like there is a thin wiggly line coming from it. Could it be roundworm?
Doubtfully: I recommend performing hot compresses 3-4 times per day for 10' each, followed by gentle eyelid massage over the bump. If this is a stye, it will ordinarily resolve with this conservative treatment. It's very unlikely that you have a round worm infection of the eyelid. If you are concerned, have an eye md check your eyelid. ...Read more
Start w Transmission: Round worm infections begin with transmission. Transmission of round worms in humans depends on the specific type. Trichinosis can occur from eating undercooked pork. Ascaris may be transmitted by touching feces (dogs/ cats/ poor sanitation). Pin worm can be transmitted when scratching the anus & touching others. Hookworms, strongyloides & whipworm may penetrate the skin when walking barefoot. ...Read more
Roundworm: If you mean toxocariasis, the main prevention is not eating dirt contaminated with the organism's eggs. You can get it accidentally if gardening or playing in dirt that contains dog or cat feces. Hand-washing after such activities is key, especially before handling food! dispose of feces safely. Keep pets de-wormed. Don't eat undercooked or raw meat. http://tinyurl.com/kt8wyvj. ...Read more
I had roundworm as kid, was it because I went barefoot, played in uncovered sandbox, or kissed my mouser cat?
No: You get hookworms (not roundworms) from going barefoot in a sandbox or elsewhere that's infested. You'd don't get worms from your cat (they're species specific). You get round worms from eating contaminated food. Kids put their hands in their mouth and don't always wash their hands before eating so they're especially susceptible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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