What are the symptoms of ascariasis?

What are the symptoms of ascariasis?

If you only have a few roundworms, you may not have any symptoms. If you do have symptoms, you may experience abdominal pain that comes and goes.

The first sign of an infection might be seeing a live worm in your vomit or poop. If the larvae have traveled to your lungs, you may get a sickness similar to pneumonia, with:

  • Wheezing.
  • Cough.
  • Fever.

At this early stage of the disease, the symptoms are challenging to diagnose. They’re similar to symptoms of many other illnesses.

Once the worms reach your intestines, you may experience more intense abdominal symptoms. The more worms you have, the more severe the symptoms will be. Symptoms may include:

  • Severe abdominal pain.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Abdominal swelling.
  • Restlessness.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Malnutrition.
  • Growth problems, in children.

In severe cases, the worms may partly or completely block your small intestine. You may get an inflamed pancreas. The infection can even be life-threatening.

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