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Parasites? Tapeworms? Help!

Parasites? Tapeworms? Help!

See your doctor: For most parasitic and worm infestations, there are medications that can kill the parasite/worm. You shouldn't wait because the infection can cause serious problems if the parasite/worm itself doesn't. ...Read more

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How can rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

How can rickettsia prowazeckii (epidemic typhus) reproduce?

Epidemic Typhus: Rickettsia prowazekii only replicate within host cells. ...Read more

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How common are parasitic worms in humans?

How common are parasitic worms in humans?

Depends where u live: Parasitic worms are uncommon in developed parts of the world due to sanitary standards in food preparation and pervasive hygeine standards. However there are small numbers of reported cases in developed nations. This may be due to poor hygeine from food preparers, contact with animal waste, or other factors. ...Read more

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Do tapeworms carry illness?

Do tapeworms carry illness?

No known illnesses: Tapeworms themselves are the cause of tapeworm illnesses. As to whether or not tapeworms carry other illnesses, such as disease-causing viruses or bacteria, when tapeworms are transmitted, that is not known. Tapeworm larvae and eggs are living things, so they carry other germs, but diseases from such germs have not been seen. ...Read more

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Grossed out about cutaneous larva migrans (hookworm)?

Grossed out about cutaneous larva migrans (hookworm)?

?Question?: Not sure of your question? This site may help: http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1108784-overview#overview clarify question if you need further answers, since otherwise it's hard to be specific with limited space. ...Read more

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What do parasitic intestinal worms look like in human faeces?

What do parasitic intestinal worms look like in human faeces?

Shape of parastic: They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are very long and flat. Others short and round. If you are looking to if you may be infected. Go to your physician and have them order stool ova and parasites. Have a great day. ...Read more

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Can silverfish infest the human bowel like worms?

Can silverfish infest the human bowel like worms?

No: Very few things can survive the acids in the stomach. The only reason some worms (roundworms, pinworms, hookworms) can infest the bowel is because the eggs are swallowed. ...Read more

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I'm scared! worried about racoon intestinal parasite exposure! someone help me?

I'm scared! worried about racoon intestinal parasite exposure! someone help me?

Not enough info: How was the exposure accomplished? What specific parasite are you concerned about? ...Read more

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I know that taenia solium is the tapeworm of pork but I want to know If taenia solium is a bacterium, virus, fungus, protozoan or a parasite? And why?

I know that taenia solium is the tapeworm of pork but I want to know If taenia solium is a bacterium, virus, fungus, protozoan or a parasite? And why?

Zoonotic parasite: Taenia solium is the pork tapeworm belonging to cyclophyllid cestodes in the family Taeniidae. It is an intestinal zoonotic parasite found throughout the world, and is most prevalent in countries where pork is eaten. The adult worm is found in humans and has a flat, ribbon-like body, which is white in color and measures 2 to 3 m in length. Its distinct head, the scolex, contains suckers and a rostellum as organs of attachment. The main body, the strobila, consists of a chain of segments known as proglottids. Each proglottid is a complete reproductive unit; hence, the tapeworm is a hermaphrodite. It completes its life cycle in humans as the definitive host and pigs as intermediate host. It is transmitted to pigs through human faeces or contaminated fodder, and to humans through uncooked or undercooked pork. Pigs ingest embryonated eggs, morula, which develop into larvae, the oncospheres, and ultimately into infective larvae, cysticerci. A cyticercus grows into an adult worm in human small intestines. Infection is generally harmless and asymptomatic. However, accidental infection in humans by the larval stage causes cysticercosis. The most severe form is neurocysticercosis, which affects the brain and is a major cause of epilepsy. Human infection is diagnosed by the parasite eggs in the faeces. ...Read more

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Does albendazole kills pinworms?

Does albendazole kills pinworms?

Yes: Treats hydatid disease and other infections caused by tapeworms. May also be used to treat infections caused by roundworms, hookworms, and pinworms. Belongs to a class of drugs called anthelmintics. ...Read more

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Black walnut pills to kill worms?

Black walnut pills to kill worms?

Maybe: Black walnut has been used for that, but it's never been scientifically tested to see if it actually works. It's also known to cause stomach upset and diarrhea, and due to the high tannin content found in black walnut, may cause liver or kidney damage and may result in some types of oral, nasal, or esophageal cancers. Don't risk yourself to get rid of a worm. See a doctor for something safer. ...Read more

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Can animals transmit salmonellosis to me?

Can animals transmit salmonellosis to me?

Yes: Turtles are well know carriers of the bacteria. So are chickens through their eggs. Eating raw eggs is not a good idea. ...Read more

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We have discovered a major infestation of fluke worms, bird mites (D. Gallinae), & spider mites in our home, our pet, and our bodies. What can we do?

We have discovered a major infestation of fluke worms, bird mites (D. Gallinae), & spider mites in our home, our pet, and our bodies. What can we do?

Bird mites: I would ask your Dr. there and your vet. So who has the flukes? I you then see your Dr. soon. Which kind of flukes. Tell both your Dr and your vet and ask their advice. ...Read more

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What does tapeworm look like in human feces?

What does tapeworm look like in human feces?

Tape worm in stool: Tapeworms are flat, segmented and described as "ribbon-like". You could pass a worm or worm segments. ...Read more

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Are guinea worm infections almost eradicated?

Are guinea worm infections almost eradicated?

Almost: President Carter has been leading the effort to eradicate guinea worm. You may consult this site for information: https://www.cartercenter.org/health/guinea_worm/index.html ...Read more

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For what worms is pyrantel for deworming?

For what worms is pyrantel for deworming?

Hook, pin, round: Usually hookworm, pinworm and roundworms. Dosing is different depending on infection. ...Read more

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How rare is rat lungworm in humans in louisiana, usa?

Not common: Good that it is not common in humans in the U.S. It has showed up in hawaii and louisiana. Some of the things it can lead to are serious. ...Read more

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Is giardia lamblia flagellated protozoan parasite contagious?

Is giardia lamblia flagellated protozoan parasite contagious?

Giardia: This organism lives in many water sources, and can also be transmitted by the fecal-oral route often on the hands of food preparers or servers. It is a commonly underdiagnosed cause of gastrointestinal infection. ...Read more