Intestinal worms, also known as parasitic worms or helminths, are a type of parasite that can infect the human digestive tract. These parasites can range from tiny microscopic organisms to much larger worms. Intestinal worm infections are prevalent in many parts of the world, particularly in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene practices. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment of intestinal worms is essential for preventing and managing these infections.
Roundworms (Nematodes): These are cylindrical worms that can infect the intestines and other body tissues. The most common roundworms in humans include Ascaris lumbricoides, which causes ascariasis, and Enterobius vermicularis, responsible for pinworm infections Hookworms: These small worms, primarily Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale, attach to the intestinal lining and feed on blood, potentially causing anemia.