Dwarf tapeworms only grow to be 1-1/2 inches long and are the most common worm parasites, especially in the southern states, making these small worms a big problem. These little pests occur mostly in children, but can be infectious, making everyone susceptible. If several worms are part of the infection, symptoms can include itching, diarrhea, headaches and abdominal pain. This makes their removal a top priority. Follow the steps in this article to learn how to get rid of dwarf tapeworms.
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Things you need
- Prescription from your doctor
- Personal hygiene items
Call and visit your general practitioner. Your doctor will more than likely prescribe an Anthelmintic, which is a medication that kills the tapeworms and causes them to be passed through the body and into the your stools. If the neck and head of the dwarf tapeworm does not pass through your stools, they can regrow and cause another infection. Some doctors may also advise you to use a laxative to ensure the head and neck pass through your body.
Practice good personal hygiene. Since the medication only removes adult dwarf tapeworms and not larvae, you are prone to reinfection during this time. When you pass dwarf tapeworms through your stools, you can get the larvae on your hands and cause another infection. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly several times during and after treatment.
Natural cures for Dwarf tapeworms do exist, although they are not always effective. In some cases, they have been shown to remove the tapeworm infections. Natural cures include taking a tablespoon of dried or liquefied clay per day, taking a tablespoon of coconut followed by a teaspoon of Castor oil after breakfast and placing several cloves of garlic in your shoes so that throughout the day the oils soak into your skin. These are not proven methods, and it is recommended that you consult your doctor before following any of these natural cure techniques.
Tips and warnings
- Practice good personal hygiene during and after an infection to reduce the risk of becoming reinfected.
- Do not take any action without first consulting with your doctor.
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