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Are tapeworms dangerous in children?

Are tapeworms dangerous in children?

If neglected: Tape tapeworm infestation occurs due to contaminated food ( uncooked ) and water supply frequently seen in developing countries.Yes if untreated , looses most of the nourishment s to the worms, child will be malnourished , and will affect the child. ...Read more

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Diet is a four letter word implying temporary measures with few good permanent results. I believe instead in 'healthy lifestyle changes' that may produce results more slowly ...Read more


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What are symptoms of tapeworms?

What are symptoms of tapeworms?

Few symptoms: Most people with tapeworms have no symptoms until they see part of the worm in their stool. Rarely, the fish tapeworm can cause vitamin B12 deficiency leading to anemia. ...Read more

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Can have tapeworms cause other secondary disease?

Can have tapeworms cause other secondary disease?

Tapeworms (T): Yes, causes malnutrition, nausea, digestive problems, allergies etc. Fish tapeworm causes megaloblastic anemia by reducing vitamin b-12. The cystic form of disease can affect brain causing convulsion. ...Read more

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Can you get tapeworms from a pet cat?

Can you get tapeworms from a pet cat?

Yes: Dypilidium can be acquire by accidentally ingesting a cat flea contains the immature form of the worm. ...Read more

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What occurs if a human ingested tapeworms?

What occurs if a human ingested tapeworms?

Infected: Can become infected.Many people who have tapeworms have no sxs other than seeing worms or worm parts with a bowel movement. Possible sxs/ signs can include: weight loss, loss of appetite or hunger, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea & lethargy. It can lead to loss of important vitamins / minerals. In rare cases tapeworms have blocked intestines & damaged the eyes, heart, brain & liver. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my child has tapeworms?

How can I tell if my child has tapeworms?

Stool sample: The best way to check for tapeworms is to have a lab inspect a stool sample. Check with your child's doctor regarding how to go about submitting a sample. ...Read more

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How to know I have tapeworms?

How to know I have tapeworms?

Need medical eval.: Tapeworm symptoms: GI tapeworm infection symptoms may include: weight loss, weakness, decreased appetite, nausea, loose stools and abdominal pain. Invasive tapeworm infection symptoms: fever, cysts, seizures (other neurologic or allergic sxs). ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if a human gets tapeworms?

Could you tell me what happens if a human gets tapeworms?

Asymptomatic or sx: Many people who have tapeworms have no sxs other than seeing worms or worm parts with a bowel movement. Possible sxs/ signs can include: weight loss, loss of appetite or hunger, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea & lethargy. It can lead to loss of important vitamins / minerals. In rare cases tapeworms have blocked intestines & damaged the eyes, heart, brain & liver. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are tapeworms related to the cells in your body?

Can you tell me how are tapeworms related to the cells in your body?

Tapeworms: There are several different species of these critters, some which only involve the lining of the gut and others which can spread to the brain and elsewhere. The ones in the gut attach to the cells and drain nutrients from them and may also deplete some nutritional elements from the food you eat. As an example the fish tapeworm can cause vitamin B12 deficiency. ...Read more

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What are tapeworms and what do they do? Is it more common for humans or animals to have them?

What are tapeworms and what do they do? Is it more common for humans or animals to have them?

Both : Humans and other animals can have tapeworms. Many people who have tapeworms have no sxs other than seeing worms or worm parts with a bowel movement. Possible sxs/ signs can include: weight loss, loss of appetite or hunger, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea & lethargy. It can lead to loss of important vitamins / minerals. Serious complications can occur however. ...Read more

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