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Question: possible parasite infestation?

 acfl - Wed Feb 08, 2006 2:45 am

When I was younger (8 or 10 apx), i found very small, white worms in my stool. I didn't see the doctor but I was prescribed one pill which I took, but I don't think was effective.

I'm 18 now, and worried I may be infested with worms. I have:

Itching around the anus (could this be psychic becuase of my worry of being infested, or possibly caused by diarreah?)
Occasional dirreah
Excessive gas, and upset stomach

I have other symptoms that could be related such as:

Fatigue and insomnia

Any info would help. I especially want to know what kind of worm it was that I had when I was younger (very small, white), is it possible that I never got rid of them and still have them, could I have a different type of parasite (I'm particularly scared i have a roundworm or tapeworm), what should I do medical wise, could these symptoms be result of just worrying I have parasites?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:28 am

User avatar Hi acfl,
It would be quite unlikely that you would be afflicted with a continued infestation for such an extended peruiod of time. If your concern is a possible current parasitic infestation that you may have recently acquired a labtest on your stool by your physician would identify if such a condition exists.
Theresa Jones, RN

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