Strongyloidiasis is an infection caused by roundworm called strongyloides stercoralis. This roundworm is a type of parasite. Usually Strongyloidiasis does not cause any symptoms and can be prevented through good personal hygiene. Strongyloidiasis is uncommon in the United States. Common symptoms of Strongyloidiasis are:
• Upper abdominal pain or burning
• Diarrhea or alternating diarrhea and constipation
• Red hives near the anus
• Weight loss
HOW IS STRONGYLOIDIASIS DIAGNOSED?
A General Physician/Homeopath diagnoses Strongyloidiasis by using a sputum culture to analyze fluid from the lungs and performing a complete blood count to rule out other causes of symptoms. In certain cases, a blood antigen test can also help to diagnose Strongyloidiasis.
HOW IS STRONGYLOIDIASIS TREATED?
Treatment of Strongyloidiasis aims at eliminating the parasite. Anti-parasitic medication is given to remove the parasite from the small intestine. The general physician may prescribe longer or repeated dosages for widespread infection of Strongyloidiasis.
DID YOU KNOW?
Exercising good personal hygiene and using sanitary facilities when traveling to warm or tropical climates can reduce your risk of becoming infected.