Threadworms, or Strongyloides stercoralis, are tiny intestinal worms causing strongyloidiasis. This condition can be asymptomatic or cause a range of symptoms from abdominal pain and diarrhea to severe complications like malabsorption. Transmission occurs when skin contacts contaminated soil. Threadworms are unique for their ability to reproduce inside the host, potentially causing long-lasting infections....


What symptoms can threadworm infections cause?

  • Skin rash at the entry site
  • Abdominal pain and diarrhea
  • Chronic infections may lead to malabsorption and weight loss

How common are threadworm infections?

They occur worldwide, with higher prevalence in tropical and subtropical regions. In some communities, infection rates can be very high. Most common in warm, moist climates where direct contact with contaminated soil is frequent.

How can you treat threadworm infections?

Ivermectin or albendazole are effective treatments. Addressing hygiene and environmental sanitation is crucial for controlling spread.

How can you prevent threadworm infections?

Wearing shoes and avoiding direct contact with soil that may be contaminated can prevent infection. Improved sanitation and hygiene practices also reduce the risk of spread.

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