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Doctor insights on: Parasite Worm Identification

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Pretty sure I have worms / parasite. How can I know for sure?

Pretty sure I have worms / parasite. How can I know for sure?

Just few examples..: Intestinal parasitic infections can often be diagnosed by examining the stool for eggs and parasites under a scope. Other parasitic infections i.e. Cutaneous larvae migran as pictured here--no testing needed! Trichinosis is an infection with larvae of a roundworm trichinella spiralis from infected-uncooked pork. This needs muscle biopsy. If u have trouble/concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of parasites such as tapeworms and other types of worm parasites in humans?

Some asymptomatic: Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, symptoms of malabsorption, itching around the anus and other symptoms may occur, but sometimes you may have none. ...Read more

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Please describe ways to clear body of worms/parasites/toxins?

Which ones?: You'd need to diagnose them first. In general, people who think they have "worms/parasites/toxins" generally don't. ...Read more

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I keep feeling crawling sensations throughout my body. Is this a sign of worms/parasites?

I keep feeling crawling sensations throughout my body. Is this a sign of worms/parasites?

Formication: The sensation of crawling is well defined in the medical literature and it is not the sign of worms or parasites (delusional parasitosis). Please talk to your physician about this condition. ...Read more

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Could I have worms or parasites by kissing someone who has them?

No: Don't kiss the person on their rear end. Otherwise you're fine. Many people are told they have "worms" / "parasites" by "independent medical thinkers" when they actually don't. And if a person is diagnosed with a particular worm or eukaryotic parasite, usually treatment is sijmple. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Hi, I am so worried about having parasites like tape worms in me! I don't know what to do. I heard that most docotros misdiagnose it? How do I know?

Hi, I am so worried about having parasites like tape worms in me! I don't know what to do. I heard that most docotros misdiagnose it? How do I know?

Parasites: Your best bet would be to get evaluation by you doctor. A thorough history about any possible exposures or travel and examination and testing would find out if a person had been infected. Family doctors, gastroenterologist and infectious disease specialists would be a good place to start. Symptoms may include abdominal pain, upset stomach and change in the bowels. May see worms in the stool. ...Read more

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Can worms or parasites cause anemia?

Can worms or parasites cause anemia?

Yes: Many parasites can cause blood loss due to decreased absorption of nutrients including iron, leading to anemia. Some include hookworm, whipworm, and schistosoma.

Here is a good link to check out.
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/22/4/498.abstract. ...Read more

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Can SSRI syndrome seem like symptoms of another disease? I'm afraid I have celiac or worms/parasites but I randomly stop taking my meds a lot.

Your medications: Are not listed but randomly stopping psychiatric medications or other serotonergic drugs can not only cause symptoms but can endanger your health. People who randomly start and stop their medications are like people who play Russian Roulette. Both are dangerous practices. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have parasite or worm other than stool test? Different ways?

How do you tell if you have parasite or worm other than stool test? Different ways?

Travel: If you did not travel to any place outside the US, you do not have worms in your stool.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I have a pic of a worm on my face I need to get identified. Its a parasite I've been carrying for a year?

I have a pic of a worm on my face I need to get identified. Its a parasite I've been carrying for a year?

In-person eval: Parasitic worms should be evaluated with in-person evaluation not by submitting a photo. By the way, we can not see your photo as your question was posted on the section of healthtap that is designed for medical education (not treatment). ...Read more

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Would parasites or worms be obvious in 2 year olds stool? Sometimes I find thread like pieces. Is it food? Would they move? Blood? Any other symptoms?

Would parasites or worms be obvious in 2 year olds stool? Sometimes I find thread like pieces. Is it food? Would they move? Blood? Any other symptoms?

Usually not obvious: Pinworms are fairly common in this age group. They are small white worms that come out of the anus at night..
If you suspect piworms wait until dark when the child is asleep. Then take a flashlight and check your child's anal area. If you see small thread like wiggleing white things, call your doctor. This not a emergency but as a parent it is upsetting. ...Read more

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Can a worm or parasites infection cause anemia?

Can a worm or parasites infection cause anemia?

Absolutely: Parasites like intestinal worms can cause anemia, usually by causing bleeding into the gut. Chronic infections can also cause anemia through low blood production, not active bleeding. However, this is less commonly the reason for anemia associated with worms and parasites. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between mucus strings and parasites/worms in stool?

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How to tell the difference between mucus strings and parasites/worms in stool?

Microscope: You can always check to see if they move by themselves, but the best way would be to have a professional lab evaluate to see. They can not only determine if it is a parasite/worm, but what type it is. This is important to know what treatment would be. ...Read more

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I've been paranoid of worms ever since my sis had worms in her stool. What tests should I undergo to see if I have parasites too aside from fecalysis?

I've been paranoid of worms ever since my sis had worms in her stool. What tests should I undergo to see if I have parasites too aside from fecalysis?

Weight loss: Worms are not as common as they used to be, but still occur as you know. They are easy to treat with medication, so I would not worry too much. Weight loss is a good sign of worms if you are eating a lot of food. I would ask the doctor who treated your sister. They may want to treat you or examine you if this was recent and you live in the same home. Try not to worry too much! ...Read more

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Urgent loose stools morning only. Possible worm parasite?

Urgent loose stools morning only. Possible worm parasite?

It's what you eat: Probably diet. Give it a few days to see if it resolves on its own. You can also take some BRAT diet to help things along (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast) ...Read more

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If babesia is a parasite can black walnut worm wood kill it???

If babesia is a parasite can black walnut worm wood kill it???

No: Black walnut worm is not a treatment for babesia (a “piroplasm, ” that infects red blood cells, carried by ticks) ...Read more

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Rx taken for parasites (biltricide), still see heavy mucous in stool along with what looks like worm pieces. What next?

Theparasites: If you have completed your course of medication it will take several days to completely clear out of your system so just give it time ...Read more

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How can doctors test for parasites/worms in the eyes because I see worm shapes, have seen them for the past 5 years....Started to think it was normal?

How can doctors test for parasites/worms in the eyes because I see worm shapes, have seen them for the past 5 years....Started to think it was normal?

Eye floaters?: It is very rare to have eye parasites and when people do vision is affected and other symptoms like eye redness are usually present. If you have no other eye problems but see squiggly shapes or "worm" like shapes they may be eye floaters. These are usually no problem; most people learn to ignore them. Have your ophthalmologist check to insure there is not another problem. ...Read more

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I eat a lot of food to feel some sense of energy. I never feel the urge to do a poop & when I do go its is tiny & pebble like? Worms? Parasites?

I eat a lot of food to feel some sense of energy. I never feel the urge to do a poop & when I do go its is tiny & pebble like? Worms? Parasites?

Fluids and bulk: Be sure to do plenty of fluids, roughage (like leafy greens), and bulk foods (like oatmeal and whole grains). You might also want to take a magnesium supplement (like peter gillham's natural vitality calm -- an especially "bioavailable" form of magnesium) or alka-seltzer gold tablets to "loosen" & "bulk up" your stools. Try to regularize your bowel habits. I'm not concerned about worms/parasites. ...Read more

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I have had a problem with parasites for a month. I took Reese's pinworm med. And the worms came back. The eggs are in the vagina and I can feel them?

I have had a problem with parasites for a month. I took Reese's pinworm med. And the worms came back. The eggs are in the vagina and I can feel them?

?? makes no sense: No one could feel pinworm eggs in the vagina. They are microscopic & no more an issue than the random germs that frequent the space. The only way you get pin worms is to ingest the eggs. If you are not caring for some infected toddlers, your assumption that this is recurrent pinworms is likely false. If you truly think you can feel something there you need to have an exam. ...Read more