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I think I may have ascariasis roundworms what do I do now?

I think I may have ascariasis roundworms what do I do now?

Confirm and treat: Visit your doctor or get a infectious diseases referral. Ascaris is uncommon in the United States, but can occur in people traveling from an endemic region. Diagnosis is typically done by identifying ascaris eggs in a stool sample using a microscope. Treatment involves Albendazole or Mebendazole given over a span of 1 to 3 days. With treatment, expect the presence of dead roundworms on defecation. ...Read more

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Does ascariasis usually have many symptoms?

Does ascariasis usually have many symptoms?

Symptoms: As larval stages travel through the body, they may cause visceral damage, peritonitis and inflammation, enlargement of the liver or spleen, and a verminous pneumonitis. The worms in the intestine may cause malabsorption and anorexia which contribute to malnutrition. The worms can occasionally cause intestinal blockage.They can travel through the billiary tree to gall bladder casing cholycytitis. ...Read more

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What medications cure ascariasis? And can you get any of them over the counter?

Ascariasis: The most common are Albendazole (albenza), Ivermectin (stromectol) and mebendazole. Each can be curative with a single oral dose, but may produce abdominal pain and nausea. None of these is available in the usa without a prescription. Before being treated you should submit a stool specimen for diagnosis. If you are not reinfected this may cure itself if you really have ascaris. ...Read more

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Recently completed medication for roundworm (ascariasis), when should we do tests to see the results of outcome by medication?

Likely no need.: Depending on the medication used, the roundworm numbers are decimated or completely removed. Even if there were a few left after therapy, you may likely be asymptomatic, as is, apparently, the case with slight infections. Mebendazole is given over 3 days (100 mg PO q 12h x 3 days), and many other meds, like Albendazole only need one dose (400 mg po). That seems to be all unless re-infected. ...Read more

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How serious is biliary ascariasis and how can it be treated?

Ascariasis: Because of the risk of complications, patients with ascariasis should always undergo treatment for ascariasis first. Medical therapy is usually not indicated during active pulmonary infection because dying larvae are considered a higher risk for significant pneumonitis. Albendazole 400 mg one dose orally is the drug of choice. Albendazole is not recommended during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can biliary ascariasis be treated by oral medication or is minor operations necessary? Thanks

Ascariasis: Treatment includes medicines that paralyze or kill intestinal parasitic worms, such as Albendazole or mebendazole. These medicines should not be used for pregnant patients. Pyrantel pamoate is the preferred medication for pregnant patients. If there is a blockage of the intestine caused by a large number of worms, endoscopy may be used to remove the worms. In rare cases, surgery is needed. ...Read more

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My mom had lap chole with CBD exploration due to biliary ascariasis.T-tube output reaches up to 900ml/day, is this normal? She is now two weeks postop

My mom had lap chole with CBD exploration due to biliary ascariasis.T-tube output reaches up to 900ml/day, is this normal? She is now two weeks postop

Yes some times: when bile drains out instead of going in , speak to the surgeon may do a cholangiogram( picture of bile ducts ) clamp the the ' T tube ' for a while before removing . ...Read more

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What is m.R.S.A.?

What is m.R.S.A.?

See below: Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus. It is a bacteria (s. Aureus) that is resistant to methicillin, an antibiotic. This makes it resistant to several other standard antibiotics and also gives it a unique virulence due to its genetics. ...Read more

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