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Symptoms of Helminthiasis
The following features are indicative of Helminthiasis:
damage to intestinal mucosal wall
changes in gut flora
It is possible that Helminthiasis shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.
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Common Causes of Helminthiasis
The following are the most common causes of Helminthiasis:
Parasitic worm Helminth infection
Risk Factors for Helminthiasis
The following factors may increase the likelihood of Helminthiasis:
people who consumed contaminated water
Prevention of Helminthiasis
Yes, it may be possible to prevent Helminthiasis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
maintaining proper food hygiene
regular deworming of pets
proper disposal of feces
stopping the use of human waste as fertilizer
reduction of open defecation
Occurrence of Helminthiasis
Number of Cases
The following are the number of Helminthiasis cases seen each year worldwide:
Very common > 10 Million cases
Common Age Group
Helminthiasis can occur at any age.
Helminthiasis can occur in any gender.
Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Helminthiasis
The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Helminthiasis:
Microscopic examination: Eggs of helminths are examined in the feces
Serology test: Specific antibodies are detected in the serum
ELISA (Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay): This test is used to detect various antibodies
Complications of Helminthiasis if untreated
Yes, Helminthiasis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Helminthiasis is left untreated:
peritonitis of intestine
volvulus of intestine
Procedures for Treatment of Helminthiasis
The following procedures are used to treat Helminthiasis:
Surgery: Surgical procedure is done in severe case of intestinal obstruction
Self-care for Helminthiasis
The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Helminthiasis:
Maintenance of hygienic conditions: Proper consumption of hygienic food as well as water helps to reduce parasitic infection
Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Helminthiasis
The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Helminthiasis:
Herbal remedies: Plant oil of Cymbopogon nardu, root oil Hedychium coronarium, and Hedychium spicatum can treat the disease
Is Helminthiasis Infectious?
Yes, Helminthiasis is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
spread through human dried feces
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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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