What is it?

Intestinal parasitism is an infection of the gastrointestinal tract caused by parasites. Parasites usually infect through drinking infected water, feco-oral transmission and skin absorption. It is more common in children, especially those who live in developing countries, where they lack available hygiene resources. The parasites are swallowed, they move into the intestines, where they reproduce and cause inflammation. Parasites include worms such as flatworms and roundworms.

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Additional names

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- Parsite In Intestine

Signs & symptoms

Symptoms depend on the type of infections include weakness, diarrhea, dysentery, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, weight loss, loss of appetite, anemia, skin irritation around the anus, sleep disturbances and in children it could cause delayed growth.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is done upon findings from medical history, physical examination, and stool samples testing. Imaging tests may also be performed.

Treatment

Treatment includes antiparasitic medication (Praziquantel, for example), and hydration.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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