Symptoms of Helminthiasis

The following features are indicative of Helminthiasis:
  • seizures
  • edema
  • 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
  • wear shoes
  • 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.

Common Gender

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
  • intestinal gangrene

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.
This page provides information for Helminthiasis.

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