The infections of tapeworm are of two types namely invasive tapeworm infection and intestinal tapeworm infection. The tapeworm infection symptoms depends on the type of tapeworm. The intestinal tapeworm infection symptoms are abdominal pain, weakness, nausea, loss of apetite, diarrhea and weight loss. Whereas the invasive tapeworm infection symptoms results in fever, bacterial infections, cystic masses, allergic reactions to the larva and neurological symptoms like seizures.
If you consult your family physician and tell him the about the above symptoms then your physician may ask you to have one of the following tests:
Stool sample analysis – for intestinal tapeworm infection, the sample of your stool will be collected and microscopic identification will be done for the presence of eggs or tapeworm segments in the stool.
Blood test – for invasive tapeworm infection, a blood test will be done for the detection of antibodies, which the body may have produced against tapeworm infection.
Sometimes, tapeworm infection treatment is not needed as the tapeworm exits on its own from the body of the host. But if you are diagnosed with the infection then the doctor will prescribe you some medication for it. The medication for tapeworm infection depends on the species of tapeworm involved. The tapeworm infection medications targets the adult tapeworm only, the eggs are not affected by the drugs, reported the website mayoclinic.
Invasive tapeworm infection treatment includes anti-inflammatory therapy, anti-epileptic therapy, shunt placement and surgery. The tapeworm infection medications includes Praziquantel (Biltricide), Albendazole (Albenza) and Nitazoxanide (Alinia). Self-care at home by maintaining proper hygiene and washing the hands after using toilets or before eating are a need for a proper treatment.
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