Why Are There Worms In Sputum?
Hello doctor, at first I got the common cold and after more than a week I was coughing. Cough with phlegm and green phlegm. One morning I coughed, only a few times but hard enough to expel phlegm. And when the phlegm comes out, I think the brown one is leftovers. When it was seen more clearly, it turns out it was a worm. 2-3.5 cm in length, brown in color and somewhat transparent. What happened? And what is the right handling? Please help, thanks.
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Chances are the worms that you find are ascaris lumbrikuides (roundworms). This infection caused by worms is called Ascariasis. These worms live and multiply in the human intestine.
Ascariasis occurs when the worm eggs of Oscar lumbricoides enter the body due to eating food contaminated by human feces. Eggs that enter the body will hatch in the intestine and become larvae. Then, the larvae will enter the lungs through the bloodstream or lymph flow. After developing in the lungs for one week, the larvae will go to the throat. At this stage, the patient will cough so that the larvae come out, or it can also be swallowed back and returned to the intestine. Larvae that return to the intestine will grow into male and female worms and multiply. Female worms can grow as long as 40 cm, with a diameter of 6 mm, and can produce 200,000 worm eggs per day.
So, most likely what you see is the larvae of roundworms that invest in the airway. You can take over-the-counter worm medicines such as albendazol. If the complaint has not improved after taking worm medicine, you should consult a doctor nearest. In order to get related checks and appropriate handling. Meanwhile, wash off any food growing on the ground. Cook each ingredient until cooked. Wash your hands after every day from the bathroom, before eating and when preparing food.
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