A variety of different intestinal worms afflict humans. Each type looks slightly different from the others. According to Scientific American, pinworms are the most common parasites that afflict people living in temperate areas. The adult female pinworm is very thin, tapered at both ends and about the length of a staple. At night, the females exit through the rectum of their host, and deposit eggs near their host’s anus.Continue Reading
While most worms that sicken humans have the same general shape, they differ in other ways, such as their color or opacity. For example, as pictured on Scientific American’s website, Trichinella larvae are largely transparent, while whipworms are only partially transparent. Whipworms are very long, thin and strongly tapered at one end, which gives them the appearance of a cow whip, and led to their common name.
Roundworms are the most common intestinal parasite in the world, afflicting nearly 1.5 billion people living in the tropics annually. Roundworms grow quite large, and sometimes exceed three feet in length, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. According to ParasitesInHumans.org, tapeworms are flat, segmented worms with hooked heads. In rare circumstances, the worms can exceed 30 feet in length. Tapeworms cause intestinal distress in humans and must be treated with drugs.Learn more about Gastrointestinal Issues
The primary causes of gas in humans are air that a person swallows and bacterial breakdown of certain foods in the digestive tract, according to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Gas includes carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen and small amounts of other gases, including methane. Carbohydrates, such as beans, whole grains and high fiber vegetables are most likely to cause gas problems.Full Answer >
Pinworms, scientifically known as Enterobius vermicularis, can infect humans and animals, and while the symptoms are troublesome, the nematodes rarely cause death, according to the Centers for Disease Control. As one of the most common parasitic infections in the United States, it is easily treatable.Full Answer >
According to the Medical Chemical Corporation, there is no treatment for Entamoeba coli; however, this is not a problem for humans as the organism is not pathogenic to people. The organism is found in the digestive systems of people throughout the world.Full Answer >
Excess flatus has a variety of causes, including swallowing too much air; eating foods high in fiber, fructose or sorbitol; and having medical conditions such as gastroenteritis and lactose intolerance, according to Healthline. In some cases, excess flatulence, or gas, is caused by irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease.Full Answer >