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What are intestinal worms?

Intestinal worm infection is a very common type of infection, which is typically associated with poor socio-economic status and unhygienic living conditions.  It may be caused by whipworms, tapeworms, hookworms, threadworms, and roundworms. These parasites reproduce within the human body, especially in the intestines.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

The common signs and symptoms of intestinal worm infections include:

What are its main causes?

The parasites causing intestinal worm infection can enter the body through various sources. The common factors that predispose an individual to the infection include:

  • Poor hygiene
  • Consumption of raw or uncooked food
  • Contact with infected food and water
  • Walking barefoot in unhygienic areas
  • Contact with contaminated soil
  • Contact with contaminated objects which include plates, eating utensils, toys, toilet seats, bedding, etc.
  • Transmitted from one person to the other by means of close contact

How is it diagnosed and treated?

The diagnosis is mainly considered by the physician based on the signs and symptoms of the patient and by performing the following tests:

  • Stool routine or stool culture
  • Tape test: In this test, microscopic examination of the parasites’ eggs is done by pressing a cellophane tape against the skin around the anus which is then examined under a microscope.
  • Visual examination: By monitoring the child’s anus, underwear or diapers.

Management of intestinal worm infection:

  • Maintenance of good hygienic practices play an important role in the management of intestinal worm infection.
  • Promoting hand washing and improved sanitation techniques for school kids.
  • Education on healthy behaviours which include good health and hygiene helps in reducing transmission and reinfection.
  • Development of adequate sanitation facilities.
  • Encouraging periodic deworming using deworming tablets can help.
  • Encouraging supplementation with vitamin A for preschool children.
  • Providing treatment with anthelminthic medications.
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Medicines for Intestinal Worms

Medicines listed below are available for Intestinal Worms. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
TroyzoleTroyzole Suspension11
VelocidVelocid 400 Mg Tablet52
SBL Calotropis gigantia Mother Tincture QSBL Calotropis gigantia Mother Tincture Q 76
VolVol 400 Mg Tablet7
NiclosanNICLOSAN 500MG TABLET 4S0
VonigelVonigel Ointment14
VormoutVormout 200 Mg Suspension13
Schwabe Anchusa officinalis CHSchwabe Anchusa officinalis 12 CH96
Win OrangeWin Orange Syrup60
WintilWintil 200 Mg Suspension4
WonilWonil 400 Mg Tablet0
WoridWorid 200 Mg Suspension6
Schwabe Allium ursinum MTSchwabe Allium ursinum MT 224
WormalWormal 400 Mg Tablet14
WormcureWormcure 400 Mg Tablet9
WormexWormex 200 Mg Suspension20
WormfixWORMFIX 10ML SYRUP20
SBL Atista indica DilutionSBL Atista indica Dilution 1000 CH86
Wormin AWormin A 200 Mg Suspension9
SBL Atista radix DilutionSBL Atista radix Dilution 1000 CH86

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References

  1. World Health Organization [Internet]. Geneva (SUI): World Health Organization; Intestinal worms.
  2. World Health Organization [Internet]. Geneva (SUI): World Health Organization; Intestinal worms.
  3. Rashidul Haque. Human Intestinal Parasites. J Health Popul Nutr. 2007 Dec; 25(4): 387–391. PMID: 18402180
  4. Cooper PJ. Intestinal worms and human allergy.. Parasite Immunol. 2004 Nov-Dec;26(11-12):455-67. PMID: 15771681
  5. World Health Organization [Internet]. Geneva (SUI): World Health Organization; Intestinal worms.
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