Ascariasis is an infection in the small intestine caused by a parasitic roundworm “Ascaris Lumbricoides”. Ascaris is a large roundworm that grows over 12 inches in length. It is the most common roundworm infection. People usually get this parasite through consumption of food without proper washing of hands. The parasite can also spread when you drink unsafe water. It can also transmit when vegetables grown in the soil are not properly cooked and washed.
The parasite can penetrate the intestinal tract. From there, the parasite can go to the lungs and into the air sacs and throat.
Literally, the infection has shown no symptoms. The symptoms may become noticeable when the worm starts to grow. Symptoms include:
Roundworms in the stomach
Roundworm in the lungs
The following are the risk factors of this infection:
Heavy infestation can infect other parts of the body and can lead to a more serious problem such as:
Doctors can diagnose ascariasis by examining the stool sample for parasites.
If the infection is heavy, doctors may suggest you undergo the following imaging tests:
The most important measure to prevent this kind of infection is a safe disposal of human waste. Other safety measures to prevent getting this infection include:
Doctors may prescribe the following medications to treat ascariasis infections:
Natural Home Remedies used to treat Ascariasis:
The following can also help in treating this infection: