Stronglyloides Infection Treatment
Threadworm, or strongyloidosis, is a troublesome infection caused by a delicate worm which invades the lining of the digestive organs. Like a hookworm, the larvae of this worm develops in contaminated soil, penetrates the skin of bare feet, and thus enters the human body. It finds its way to the intestinal organs, causing irritation all through the digestive tract. This disease is less prevalent than hookworm and less dangerous, but it is found in all the warmer areas of the world.
Most patients with threadworm complain of periodic bouts of diarrhea alternating with constipation. There maybe some anemia, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, as well as fever and cough. In some cases there is a tenderness over the liver, indicating hepatitis, probably due to the prescence of worms.
Gentian violet tablets, enteric coated, should be given three times a day with meals for a period of three weeks. If this fails, try dithiazanine, 200 mg. tablets, three times a day for three weeks. Prevention consists of employing proper sanitary disposal of human wastes, wearing shoes, and treating all patients in the family and community who are affected with the disease.