Decreased Appetite And Body Weight. Are There Worm Symptoms?

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I want to ask. I have long had a lack of appetite and weight loss, is that a characteristic of worms?

1 Answer:

Good morning, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Worms is a condition when our body is infected with worms. Among the types of worms that commonly infect humans are hookworms, pinworms, roundworms and tapeworms. All of them have different life cycles and symptoms which include abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, itching in the anus, difficulty sleeping, bed wetting, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Among the factors that increase a person's risk of getting worms are:

Do not use footwear when walking on the ground Not cook food thoroughly Washing vegetables not cleanly and properly Being near infected people, especially in cases of pinworms

So in your case, we cannot say that it is definitely caused by worms. This is because lack of appetite makes your food and drink consumption decrease and with decreased input, you will automatically lose weight. So actually the symptoms you feel can be reduced to a lack of appetite. And there are many causes of lack of appetite such as stress, fatigue, anxiety, or other diseases such as bacterial and viral infections, sore throat and so on.

Therefore, we suggest that you should consult a doctor for further thorough examination of your condition. If worms are suspected, your doctor may perform supporting examinations such as a stool test and apply a special plaster to your anal area. The treatment you will receive will vary depending on the final diagnosis.

Meanwhile, avoid going out of the house barefoot, always wash your hands before and after eating, also when touching something dirty, and eat cooked food. We wish you and your family good health.

That's all, hope it helps.

dr. Amadeo D. Basfiansa

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