Suggest treatment for presence of roundworm in stool
List of suggestions, along with plausible scenarios for you to understand
Hello ma'am and welcome.
Thank you for writing to us.
I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. Well your medical team was right in saying that is in uncommon in the USA, it being a developed nation. Roundworm infections are more common in developing or under-developed countries, but that doesn't mean it cannot be present in the US.
Let me describe certain instances to you for your information and imagination:
1. Man working in the kitchen of a restaurant is an immigrant, and is a resident of a developing or under-developed nation. He visits his family during the holidays, and unfortunately gets infected by the roundworm.
Being an individual belong to the lower middle class or less privileged class he cannot afford to skip work despite being sick. So he takes regular toilet breaks, but due to the shortage in time and increased workload in the kitchen, he skips paying as much attention to hygiene as should be given. Resulting in transmission of the eggs through the food he is handling
2. Soil in some regions is treated with human faeces (used as a fertiliser in some regions); you could have come in contact with this soil anytime.
and so on.
It doesn't matter how you got it now, all that matters is that you do not transmit it to your children, so here are a few tips:
1. Do not use the same toilet your children use
2. Do not handle food at all
3. Clean your hands thoroughly after visiting the toilet
4. Maintain good hygiene throughout this ordeal
5. Take your medications well enough
6. Avoid washing your hands elsewhere in the house, and only use your own toilet
7. Carry a hand sanitiser at all times on yourself, and use it generously before coming in contact with your children
8. Boil all water to be used for cooking and drinking at home
9. Do not eat from places that cannot be trusted
In the next few days, you will have to follow my above mentioned suggestions and also continue to take extreme care until you can return to the medical centre to retest your stool to make sure you are rid of the roundworm.
I hope you find my response helpful. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications, I am always here to help.
No, No, and Yes ma'am :)
Hello once again ma'am.
1. No ma'am, roundworm cannot be transmitted from mother to fetus in utero
2. No ma'am, your child cannot get the roundworm from drinking the infected mothers breast milk
3. Yes ma'am, you most certainly can continue to breastfeed your child once the medication is out of your system as the breastmilk has absolutely to risk for transmission of the roundworm :)
I hope this clears things up for you, but please do not think twice before writing to me about anything, always here to help. :)
Wishing you loads of luck :)
All queries addressed ma'am :)
Hello once again ma'am.
Physically nothing really, all should go as it usually does. If you had symptoms like diarrhoea or abdominal pain or increased gas, your symptoms should slowly subside.
You may or may not be able to see the worms in your stool, but they will be leaving your body through the stool in the form of fully grown worms or eggs (not visually seen).
Albendazole is a one dose medication that usually works wonders in killing them all especially from mild to moderate cases, but very rarely if they do not leave your system we do choose to shift to another medication, but that is very rarely required.
But please note that you not seeing them in your stool is not a sign of the medication not working, I am sure it will soon enough.
Best wishes. :)
Yes ma'am, albendazole should work to kill them in all stages :)
Yes, the albendazole kills them in all stages ma'am, it just takes some time for them to be excreted, so don't worry about that. Rarely when the albendazole does not suffice, we give other modalities of treatment, but I don't think it should be required in most cases.
Best wishes. :)
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