Intestinal Worms

There have been a couple of cases of intestinal worms reported at school so we thought we would place an update in the newsletter.

Intestinal worms are parasites which infect humans as well as other animals such as cats and dogs. They are not uncommon, but tend to be more prevalent in children than adults and more frequently seen in the tropical countries.

There are several different types of worms; of which ring, hook, tape, whip, thread, and giardia are a few of the more common ones to infect human intestines. The parasite usually enters your body when you come into contact with infected faeces through contaminated soil, food or water, through the nose or skin or from a transmitting agent such as a mosquito.

In some cases, no symptoms are evident, but the greater the infestation, the more severe the symptoms tend to be. Symptoms are: worms in stools, either increased or decreased appetite, vomiting, foul breath, diarrhoea or bowel blockage, bloating, abdominal cramps and itching of the anus which may become reddened.

Not all worms can multiply in the human body, but those that do continue to hatch and multiply, feeding on bowel content and blood. One or several stool samples may be required to provide a confirmed diagnosis, prior to treatment for the specific parasite. Treatment may be a single dose medication or several weeks of medication. Medication can be bought over the counter at a pharmacy.

You can check with your GP or local pharmacy if you have any concerns.
Keep well and healthy Jo and Susie (School nurses)