According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, there are a variety of ways to treat intestinal parasites including drug therapies, nutrition and supplements and herbs. While worms can live inside the intestines for a long time without the individual experiencing any symptoms, some signs of parasites can include blood and mucus in loose stools, bloating, stomach tenderness, weight loss and passing worms when going to the bathroom.Continue Reading
Individuals who suspect they have intestinal parasites should contact a physician. To determine if a patient has worms, the physician will do a fecal examination to identify parasites. A healthcare provider may also use x-rays with barium to diagnose any serious issues that can occur from parasites, though this is not usually required. One other test is the scotch tape test. Tape is touched to the area several times and then examined under a microscope for the presence of eggs.
There are a variety of ways that intestinal worms can be introduced into the body. These include living in or visiting an area that has been known to have parasites in the past, international travel to third-world locations, poor sanitation with both food and water, poor hygiene, age, a weakened immune system and HIV or AIDS.Learn more about Gastrointestinal Issues