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Intestinal worms test

Test type
Lab Test

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Collection method
Stool

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£ 179,00

GetTested’s Intestinal Worms Test offers a targeted approach to identifying common intestinal worms. This comprehensive test, conducted through a simple stool sample analyzed in our ISO-certified lab, is designed for anyone experiencing digestive discomfort, unexplained weight loss, or other symptoms indicative of parasitic infections.

Given that such symptoms can also be caused by other conditions, we recommend considering our Parasite Test (available as both lab test and rapid test), Helicobacter pylori Test (available as both lab test and rapid test), or SIBO Test to ensure a thorough evaluation of potential digestive health issues.

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Which worms are analysed in the test?

Enterocytozoon spp. / Encephalitozoon spp.
Enterocytozoon and Encephalitozoon species are microsporidia, a group of spore-forming unicellular parasites. They can cause various infections in humans, ranging from gastrointestinal to systemic diseases, particularly in immunocompromised individuals. Symptoms depend on the infected site but often include diarrhea, weight loss, and general malaise.
Dwarf Tapeworms
Dwarf tapeworms, or Hymenolepis nana, are the most common tapeworms infecting humans, especially children. These parasites can complete their lifecycle within a single host, leading to direct transmission without the need for an intermediate host. Infections might be asymptomatic but can cause abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and in severe cases, weight loss and malnutrition.
Hookworms
Hookworms are parasitic worms that infect the small intestine, primarily in areas with poor sanitation. They attach to the intestinal wall, feeding on the host's blood, which can lead to anemia and protein deficiency. Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fatigue. Hookworms are transmitted through skin contact with contaminated soil.
New World Hookworm
New World hookworms, also known as Necator americanus, are a type of hookworm prevalent in the Americas. These parasites latch onto the intestinal walls of their hosts, leading to chronic blood loss, anemia, and protein deficiency. The larvae penetrate the skin from contaminated soil, making those in contact with such environments vulnerable to infection.
Pinworms
Pinworms, also known as threadworms or Oxyuris, are common intestinal parasites, particularly among children. These tiny, white worms cause an itchy anus, disturbed sleep, and irritability due to their nocturnal egg-laying habits. Transmission occurs via the fecal-oral route, often through ingesting microscopic eggs on contaminated surfaces, hands, or food.
Roundworms
Roundworms are a type of nematode that can cause infections in the human digestive tract. Typical symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and sometimes more serious conditions if left untreated. They are often transmitted through soil contaminated with human feces or improperly cooked food.
Tapeworms
Tapeworms are intestinal parasites that can affect humans and animals. These worms are flat, segmented, and can become quite long. They usually enter the body through the consumption of contaminated food or water. Tapeworm infections might not always cause symptoms, but when they do, they can include abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and weight loss.
Threadworms
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.
Whipworms
Whipworms, caused by Trichuris trichiura, are intestinal parasites named for their whip-like shape. Infections often result from ingesting eggs found in soil contaminated with human feces. While many infections are asymptomatic, heavy infestations can lead to diarrhea, abdominal pain, and, in severe cases, rectal prolapse. Children are particularly susceptible to growth and cognitive development issues due to chronic infections.

Overview of the Intestinal Worms Test

GetTested's Intestinal Worms Test provides a comprehensive analysis to detect the presence of intestinal worms, for those experiencing symptoms of infestations or for anyone concerned about potential exposure. Conducted through a simple stool sample, this test is processed at an ISO-certified and accredited laboratory, ensuring high standards of accuracy and reliability.

Symptoms and Signs of Worm Infections

Individuals with worm infections might experience a range of symptoms, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and in some cases, visible worms in stools. These symptoms can disrupt daily life and, if left untreated, may lead to more severe health issues.

Who Should Take the Test?

The Intestinal Worms Test is suited for:

  • Anyone experiencing symptoms of worm infestations.
  • People who have traveled to areas where intestinal worms are common.
  • Families with young children, as kids are more susceptible to picking up worms.
  • Individuals who want to ensure their digestive health is in optimal condition.

Intestinal Worms in the UK

While intestinal worms are less common in the UK than in tropical and subtropical regions, cases still occur, particularly in individuals who have traveled abroad. Understanding the signs and taking proactive measures through testing can help prevent the spread and complications associated with worm infections.

Choosing Between a Parasite Test and an Intestinal Worms Test

GetTested offers both a Parasite Test, (6 different parasites) as well as a rapid Parasite test (3 different parasites). Choosing between parasite or intestinal worm test largely depends on your specific health concerns and symptoms.

If you specifically suspect a worm infection, then the Intestinal Worms Test is the way to go. This is especially relevant if you're experiencing symptoms like abdominal discomfort or have seen visible signs of worms.

On the other hand, if your symptoms are broader or you've recently visited areas known for parasite risks, the Parasite Test could offer a more comprehensive overview. Moreover, this test might be the better choice for a broader screening to pinpoint the cause of general digestive disturbances.

FAQ

How is the Worm test carried out?

Our Worm test is a home test kit. After ordering, we will send you a kit with everything you need to collect the stool sample. Then, simply return your sample to us in the pre-paid envelope.

Who should get a Worm test?

Individuals should consider a Worm Test if they: Experience symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, or see visible signs of worms. Have children, as they are more susceptible to worm infections. Have recently traveled to areas with a high prevalence of intestinal parasites. Are in close contact with environments where worms might be present. Seek a thorough understanding of their intestinal health, particularly if previous gastrointestinal concerns were unresolved.

What happens if I fail to take the sample?

If you read the instructions carefully before you take the test and it should go well. Should something go wrong, you are welcome to contact us and we will help you.

How quickly will I receive my results?

Once we receive your sample, average response time is 10-15 business days to receive results.

Anything to consider before taking the test?

Aboid antibiotics 2-4 weeks before taking the test.

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