Worm Infection

The presence of intestinal or parasitic worms in the digestive tract is called worm infection. Flatworms (flukes and tapeworms) and roundworms (pinworms and hookworms) are the most common parasitic worms. Worm infection can result in symptoms such as stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, tiredness, and unexplained weight loss.

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Do my symptoms of skin rashes, swelling, difficulty breathing, vision loss, lethargy, and loss of appetite indicate that I have some parasitic or worm infection?

Query: Hello, For the past eight months, I have had symptoms like skin rashes, occasional swollen face, difficulty breathing, vision loss, loss of appetite, lethargy, and lack of energy. I was prescribed medicines for scabies, including antibiotic ointment and ear drops, but none worked. There is no itchin...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. It is an allergic rash due to a worm or parasitic infestation with a secondary bacterial infection on the head area. I suggest you take 1. Tablet Zentel (Albendazole) 400 mg only once immediately. 2. Tablet Ivermectin 12 m...  Read Full »

I saw a worm while urinating and have been having pain from then. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor,I saw this larva or a worm in my urine eight months ago when I was passing a kidney stone. Three months ago, I started to feel like an obstacle was at the end of my ureter, and I had a mild rise in my temperature with fatigue. Sometimes I think something is hurting in that area and the rig...  Read Full »


Dr. Samer Samer Juma Ali Altawil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A worm in the urine indicates infection, and that needs treatment. Urine microscopy and urine cytology can reveal the diagnosis. Once it is confirmed, you need treatment with tablet Albendazole (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicin...  Read Full »

I have indigestion, constipation, low appetite, weight loss, inability to gain weight, and anal itching. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from digestion issues, mostly bloating, from more than seven months. While taking medicines, I was feeling fine, and once I stopped them, my symptoms recurred. My present symptoms include indigestion, constipation, improper motions, low appetite, weight loss, inabilit...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to be suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). As far as your questions are concerned, the following are my answers. Just go on an empty stomach so that if required, they can do an endoscopy. All the tests can be performed on an empty stomach. I personal...  Read Full »

What is the reason for discomfort and tightness in the upper abdomen?

Query: Hello doctor, My 66 year old mother has a discomfort in the upper abdomen since five days. She is experiencing gas trouble and tightness in the upper abdomen. Her stools are a little constipated but, she is passing every day. Now, she has a fever between 99 to 100 degree from five days in the ev...  Read Full »


Dr. Girish C Kamat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and gone through the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The hemogram indicates a rise in the neutrophil count, which is secondary to an acute infection. The urine examination is normal. So, there is no urinary tract infec...  Read Full »

Which medicines are used to treat parasitic infection?

Query: Hi Doctor, Which anthelmintic medicine would you recommend for a treatment for a possible parasitic infection (worm)? Is it Albendazole? If yes, for how many days? I do have some itchiness around my anus area and cannot get a doctor appointment here.  Read Full »


Dr. Rohit Jain

Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing to us. It is important to find out which type of worm infection you are suffering from. There are hundreds of worms which enter the body and the treatment varies depending on the type of the worm. So, ideally you should get a stool routine/microscopy done. It is a simple te...  Read Full »

What are the precautions for a tapeworm infection?

Query: Hello doctor, I have severe Crohn's disease, which is not under control. I ate a piece of medium rare steak with tapeworm in it, and I am terrified that I may have got tapeworm infection. I have tried puking, but not much came out as my body does not process things completely before passing it on. I...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tapeworm infection occurs by ingesting the eggs, not by an adult worm. The ingested egg complete their life cycle in the host. The symptoms of tapeworm infection are varied, and it depends on the site of infection, for example, seizures in the case of CNS (central nervo...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a good treatment plan for thread-like structures in my stool.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40-year-old male. I notice a thin, thread-like structure in my stool for two days. I have had two abdominal surgeries for my esophageal hernia with nissen fundoplication. Kindly help.   Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from the passing of thin threads during defecation for the last two days. According to the pictures sent by you (attachments removed to protect the patien...  Read Full »

How to treat indigestion and worm infestation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 48 year old male, who is in good health. I have a long history of indigestion, mostly experienced as a pressure in the throat. About ten years ago, I had a clear endoscopy, and I took Nexium for six months and cut way back on alcohol drinking, which seemed to do the trick. I had...  Read Full »


Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). For dyspepsia and gastritis, I would suggest you take Nexium (Esomeprazole). Initially, take it 40 mg twice daily, however, if it is not relieved, doses can be increased to 80 mg twice a d...  Read Full »

What is the best medicine other than Albendazole for parasitic infection?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a parasitic infection (ascariasis and whipworm), but doctors cannot find any signs in the stool. I have shown photos and videos of parasites in my stool. They advised me to take Albendazole, and I took three courses of Albendazole 400 mg twice daily for five days with the interval o...  Read Full »


Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your query. I suggest you send those pieces of worm to the laboratory for microscopic examination. Sometimes, stool examination of ova and cyst can turn negative even if you are suffering from parasitic infections due to intermittent shedding. The...  Read Full »

Why do I have occasional dull aches on the right side of the abdomen?

Query: Hi doctor, I have occasionally been experiencing dull aches on right side of the abdomen, about 4 to 5 inches right of the belly button, and about 3 inches below the ribs, from two weeks. I just had an ultrasound of the abdomen and kidneys, and everything is normal. What can this be? It just comes ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It might be due to an acidity and gastritis. Do you also have nausea, bloating, burping, increase in pain on food, sour water feeling in throat, or chest burning? Try doing the following. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start taking the medicin...  Read Full »

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