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Tapeworm Infections In Humans
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
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
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
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
I'm concerned I may have a tapeworm infection. I was hoping to discuss my symptoms with a doctor and outline what steps I should take.
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
Had serious intestinal infection. Not sure if tapeworm, parasites, etc. Given cipro, (ciprofloxacin) got better, but lingering issues into adulthood. Any connection?
Below: You will need an exam and stool analysis to get an answer. Call and discuss this with your regular DR> ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My 8-month old cat has tapeworms, I think she may have infected me. I started a course of levofloxacin for a sinus infection. Will this kill the worms?
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
What are some of the symptoms of parasites such as tapeworms and other types of worm parasites in humans?
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
Only !!??: They can grow to be about 4.5 to 9.1 meters & that is a heck of alot! ...Read more
Diagnosis of Echinococcus species: Blood samples can also be tested using antibody reaction of enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Broad-spectrum anthelmintics such as praziquantel and albendazole are the most effective medications. Feces can be sent to the lab for microscopic examination, ...Read more
Depends on type.: There are several species of tapeworms, some are only problems for animals and not humans, some are problems for both. Different tapeworms have life cycles which vary and so no one answer is correct.. Do you think you have a tapeworm? Why? Please give a little more detail and maybe we can answer your question better. You have a 150 character limit, so be brief but as complete as you can. ...Read more
How likely is it for a human to get a tapeworm from swallowing a flea (if the flea is swallowed)?
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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