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If a human accidentally swallowed an infected flea (tapeworm), can the body fight off the infection, or is getting a tapeworm guaranteed?

If a human accidentally swallowed an infected flea (tapeworm), can the body fight off the infection, or is  getting a tapeworm guaranteed?

Below: The body may "fight off the infection". First you need to know if the flea ingested was infected. And because you swallowed it, that is now impossible. Perhaps the animal the flea came from could be checked for fleas and that would give more information. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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99%sure family has broad tapeworm infection. All 9 showing symptoms. 10+ diff. Drs in oklahoma don't believe us. Help! 3 are infants. All ate same fish?

99%sure family has broad tapeworm infection. All 9 showing symptoms. 10+ diff. Drs in oklahoma don't believe us. Help! 3 are infants. All ate same fish?

Tapeworm: I hear your concern. Unfortunately, doctors don't believe self diagnosis, because despite most fervent claims, objective data are often lacking to support them. If you are sure that you ; your family members are infested with tapeworm, then it would be so easy to prove by giving a stool sample for testing and if it is there, it will be readily revealed. But if none is found, then there's a proble. ...Read more

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Can IBS cause mucus in BMs? How can I tell the difference between strings of mucus and a possible tapeworm infection?

Can IBS cause mucus in BMs?  How can I tell the difference between strings of mucus and a possible tapeworm infection?

Mucous in stool: Why are you considering IBS? If what you are seeing in your stool is truly mucous, then you could have inflammation of the lining or wall of the bowels. I doubt that you would have mucous in your stool and no other symptoms or signs whatsoever. If you do have a tapeworm infestation (which is uncommon in the U.S.), you could see proglottids in your stool, which look NOTHING like mucous. ...Read more

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I might have accidentally swallowed tiny amounts of dog stools and worried about the roundworm, tapeworm infections which may lead to death? Pls help?

I might have accidentally swallowed tiny amounts of dog stools and worried about the roundworm, tapeworm infections which may lead to death? Pls help?

Won't die: Round worms / tape worms are annoying and rarely uncomfortable but you won't die. If you have accidental exposure (such as eating with unwashed hands after cleaning up from an infected animal) have your doctor test your own poop. Simple medications are avaialbe, if needed. ...Read more

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Can tapeworm infection become systemic? Can it invade the subcutaneous tissue (face, extremities, torso) in the form of swelling, tape-like drainage?

Can tapeworm infection become systemic? Can it invade the subcutaneous tissue (face, extremities, torso) in the form of swelling, tape-like drainage?

Can be serious: Pork tapeworms in particular can migrate to other parts of the body and cause damage in the liver, eyes, heart, and brain and these infections can end up being life-threatening.Otherwise we usually see nausea, weakness, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite OR hunger,fatigue, weight loss, and vitamin deficiencies. Roundworms and hookworms are more likely,I believe,to cause cutaneous symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a terrible parasite and tapeworm infections pork related.. It has gone through my throat and nasal passages and the back of my neck to my brain. It is hurting me and I need help badly before it is too late. This is not a joke. My doc doesn't know w

I have a terrible parasite and tapeworm infections pork related.. It has gone through my throat and nasal passages and the back of my neck to my brain. It is hurting me and I need help badly before it is too late. This is not a joke. My doc doesn't know w

Vivid imagination: but is true , infection to brain is by a different path , ingestion pork tape warm eggs enter the bloodstream and larvae hatch in brain ( and other organs including eye ) , cysticercosis . First speak to your doctor have CT of brain done , if negative then is your imagination . But if positive you are right need brain surgery for cure then You don't need psychiatrist ...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