Intestinal Worms or parasites are the parasites (an organism that lives in or on and takes its nourishment from another organism) in the Intestinal Tract. Intestinal parasites include both Helminths and Protozoa. Helminths are worms such as Tapeworms, Pinworms, and Roundworms, while Protozoa are the single-celled microscopic animals, which include Amoebas, Flagellates, Ciliates, Sporozoans, and many other forms.
Types of Intestinal Worms
Some important type of intestinal worms are listed below:
- Flatworms, which include tapeworms and flukes.
- Roundworms, which cause Ascariasis, Pinworm, and hookworm infections.
Risk factors of Intestinal Worms
Risk factors of intestinal worms are:
- Weak Immune System.
- Developing Countries are at highest risk.
- Contaminated water.
- Contaminated Food.
- Poor Sanitation level.
- Poor Hygiene level.
Symptoms of Intestinal Worms
Some people may have intestinal worms for years without experiencing any symptoms. Typical sign and symptoms of Intestinal worms include:
- Abdominal pain
- Unexplained weight loss.
- Abdominal pain.
- Itching around Rectum or Anal region.
Causes of Intestinal Worms
Possible causes leading toward Intestinal worms are:
- Eating under-cooked meat.
- Consumption of contaminated water.
- Consumption of contaminated Food.
- Consumption of contaminated soil.
- Contact with Feces.
- Poor Sanitation.
- Poor Hygiene.
Physician may recommend the following test to make a proper diagnosis:
- Stool tests.
- Scotch tape test.
- CT scan.
- Blood tests.