It is an infection of the small intestine caused by Ascaris lumbricoides, which is a species of round worm. The symptoms at a later stage are: 1. Coughing or gagging 2. Vomiting roundworms 3. Wheezing or shortness of breath 4. Irregular stools, abdominal pain and weight loss
HOW IS ASCARIASIS DIAGNOSED?
It is diagnosed by a general physician by using the following methods: 1. Blood and stool examination 2. Abdominal X rays. Once ascariasis is diagnosed the patient is referred to a gastroenterologist who may conduct further tests such as: 1. MRI/CT/Ultrasound scans 2. Endoscopy
HOW IS ASCARIASIS TREATED?
A gastroenterologist treats ascariasis with antiparasitic drugs. In advanced cases, surgery may be considered to control larger infestation
DID YOU KNOW?
Ascariasis commonly occurs in areas where food and drinking water are not hygienically maintained, in most cases exposed to human faecal matter.