Taeniasis is an infection caused by the tapeworm, which is a type of parasite. Parasites are small organisms that attach themselves to other living things in order to survive. The living things the parasites attach to are called hosts.Parasites can be found in contaminated food and water. If you consume contaminated food or drinks, you may contract a parasite that can live and sometimes grow and reproduce inside of your body.Most people that have taeniasis don't have any symptoms. If signs and symptoms are present they may include:
unexplained weight loss
blockage of the intestine
HOW IS TAENIASIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Taeniasis is based on symptoms, health history and enquiry of recent travel details. General physicians confirm diagnosis based on stool sample study and a complete blood count
HOW IS TAENIASIS TREATED?
Treatment of Taeniasis is through medication. Anthelmintics which are drugs that kill worms and their eggs are usually prescribed for Taeniasis. Tapeworm that is killed through medication is excreted. Upset stomach and dizziness are common side effects of these drugs. Most cases are treated with medication. Very rare cases result in complications like blocked intestines
DID YOU KNOW?
The most effective way to prevent Taeniasis is to cook food thoroughly.