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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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?

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
58M people helped
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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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Michael Ekizian
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
15 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Michael Ekizian
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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?

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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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Board Certified, Travel Medicine
30 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Sarah Kohl
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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?

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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Dr. Donald Colantino
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Dr. Natalie Sieb
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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?

Dr. Natalie Sieb
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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 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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Dr. Addagada Rao
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51 years in practice
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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

Dr. Addagada Rao
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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

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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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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What infections(viruses, bacteria...Etc.) can fleas transmit to humans?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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What infections(viruses, bacteria...Etc.) can fleas transmit to humans?

Sometimes...: Sometimes, fleas may carry bacteria that can infect humans. The most important and most familiar flea-borne disease in the world is plague. Plague exists in most arid regions of the world, including the western United States. The second flea-borne disease is murine typhus, which occurs worldwide, including in the southwestern U.S. And hawaii. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What occurs if a human ingested tapeworms?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Could you tell me what happens if a human gets tapeworms?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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What are tapeworms and what do they do? Is it more common for humans or animals to have them?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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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