Antihelminthic drugs are drugs that can treat helminth and worm infections. Helminth is a Greek word means worm. These are a multicellular organism that lives in soil and water. Worm infections are widespread throughout the world. It affects millions of people and is most serious in poor and developing countries.
Major forms of helminth:
These worms live in the intestines. It is possible to be infected with more than one kind of worm.
Causes of parasitic worm infections
Parasitic worm infection is a contagious infection transmitted by the helminth’s egg. The eggs can be caught by many things such as food, water, air, pet and toilet seats. Once the egg enters the body, it hatches itself and multiplies. One way to become infected with parasitic worms is eating meat that’s undercooked. Other possible causes are:
Signs and symptoms of parasitic worm infections
Symptoms depend on the type of infections. Common symptoms of parasitic worms are:
Risk factors of parasitic worms
Children are mostly at risk from being infected with the parasitic worm. While adults are also at risk due to their weakened immune system.
The adverse effect of the problem
Symptoms of severe infection include:
The parasitic worm may increase your risk for anemia. It can pose a higher risk if you’re pregnant.
Preventive measures for parasitic worm
There are preventive measures to avoid infections, including:
Common anti-helminthic medicines include:
Parasitic worm infection diagnosis
Your doctor may conduct the following test to diagnose parasitic worm infections:
Parasitic worm infection treatment
Tapeworms and some intestinal worms may disappear on their own if you have a healthy diet, lifestyle and strong immune system. But some infections are serious and should never be ignored. Treatment includes: