Q1. What are the symptoms of Helminthiasis?
Main long term symptoms and signs of Helminthiasis are:
– Abdominal pain
– Rectal prolapse
– Loss of appetite
– Weight loss
– Visible worms in the stools
Q2. What causes Helminthiasis?
Main Helminthiasis causes include:
– Consumption of contaminated water and soil
– Contact with contaminated feces
– Poor sanitation and hygiene
– Eating uncooked, raw vegetables
– Eating uncooked, unwashed meat
– Walking on contaminated soil
– Not washing hands after touching an animal
Q3. Which is the most common helminth infection?
Soil-transmitted helminth infections are the most common types of helminth infections in children and are transmitted through contact with contaminated soil and fecal matter. The main parasites present are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and even tapeworms.
Q4. How do you treat Helminthiasis?
The most effective treatment for Helminthiasis is anti-parasitic drugs. These drugs kill the parasites in the intestine and help evacuate them out of your body. The type of medication, duration, and dosage will vary depending on the worm causing the infection.
Q5. How do you test for Helminthiasis?
To get diagnosed for any parasitic infection, you may have to undergo any of the following tests such as a stool test to look for larvae/eggs, a blood test to test for antibodies, imaging tests including X-Ray, MRI and CT scan, a tape test or even a colonoscopy.
Q6. Do parasites go away on their own?
In many cases, the parasites in your gut do disappear on their own, but some multiply and stay inside the body, leading to parasitic infections. If you’re experiencing symptoms of worm infections, then you should get it looked at by a doctor.
Q7. How can I prevent parasitic infections?
Helminthiasis occurs in regions with poor sanitation and hygiene. Therefore, practicing simple hygiene practices such as washing your hands regularly, avoiding uncooked vegetables and meat, drinking clean water, and staying away from contaminated soil will prevent worm infections.
Q8. How do I book an appointment with a pediatrician or general physician?
You just have to download the MFine app, search for a pediatrician or general physician near you, and book an appointment by filling out your details. You can teleconsult with your doctor online and discuss your issues comfortably with him/her.
Q9. Is my information secure on the MFine app?
MFine takes your privacy very seriously. At MFine, we provide the utmost confidentiality to all our patients. No information is exchanged between your doctor and anyone else.
Consult top pediatricians and general physicians on MFine to get expert advice and treatment