Types of Intestinal Worms
Today the circumstances that facilitate development of worms are plenty. Amont them are the busy way of life and the unhealthy atmosphere. Eating of too much of sugar, pastry, cakes, snacks, meat, fish, salted or fat or smoked food, consuming unwashed contaminated vegetables; vegetables grown with animal manure, drinking of polluted water, unripe fruits – all these factors are basis for excessive acidity in the stomach and accumulation of mucus in the intestinal canal.
Eating with unwashed hands is dangerous and facilitates infection. Touching of not disinfected animals should be restricted.
Small threadworms (Oxyuris vermicularis) Pinworms
They usually occupy the rectum. It is thread-like, white; it is one-sixth to one-half inch in length, the male worm being much smaller than the female.
Intolerable itching and burning about the anus and rectum, worst at night, preventing sleep; the child very cross and fretful, and almost beside itself; constipation and tenesmus; bad appetite; rubbing and picking of the nose; foul breath, etc.
In the little girls threadworms often cause irritation of the vagina and local inflammation of the urinary organs, which leads to burning pain when urinating, bed-wetting and mucous or blood in the urine.
Long roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides)
It inhabits chiefly the small intestines, but sometimes visits the stomach, the lower bowels, the gall-bladder, the esophagus and the air passages. It varies in length from six to twelve inches.
Diminished sleep, with tossing about, groaning, and grinding of teeth; fetid breath; great thirst; enlargement of the abdomen; now voracious hunger, and now aversion to food; diarrhea, with slimy stools, or constipation, or alternation of these states; tenesmus; itching of the anus; sometimes nervous symptoms, even chorea and convulsions. A dry and hacking cough.
It exists in the small intestines and varies in length from five to thirty feet, being from one to five lines broad. It consists principally of a series of jointed segments.
Its existence is usually not suspected until portions of the parasite are passed with evacuations. There is constant craving for food, pain in the stomach, loss of flesh and debility, and itching above the nose and anus.