Intestinal worms

Intestinal Worms or parasites are the parasites (an organism that lives in or on and takes its nourishment from another organism) in the Intestinal TractIntestinal 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.
  • Protozoa.
Types of Intestinal Worms

Risk factors of Intestinal Worms

Risk factors of intestinal worms are:

  • Children.
  • Weak Immune System.
  • Developing Countries are at highest risk.
  • Contaminated water.
  • Contaminated Food.
  • Poor Sanitation level.
  • Poor Hygiene level.
Prevalence of Intestinal Worms 

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
  • Diarrhea.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Gas.
  • Fatigue.
  • Unexplained weight loss.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Tenderness.
  • Dysentery.
  • Itching around Rectum or Anal region.
Symptoms of Intestinal Worms

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. 

Diagnosis

Physician may recommend the following test to make a proper diagnosis:

  • Stool tests.
  • Scotch tape test.
  • CT scan.
  • X-Ray.
  • MRI.
  • Blood tests.

Treatment