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1. infestation with worms; called also helminthiasis.
2. infestation with vermin.


The condition of having intestinal vermiform parasites.


n. pl. helminthia·ses (-sēz′)
Infestation with or disease caused by parasitic worms.


Etymology: Gk, helmins, worm, osis, condition
a parasitic infestation of the body by helminths that may be cutaneous, visceral, or intestinal. Ascariasis, bilharziasis, filariasis, hookworm, and trichinosis are common forms of the disease.


The condition of having vermiform parasites anywhere inside the body.


Any disease caused by worm infestation.


The condition of having intestinal vermiform parasites.

helminthiasis, helminthosis

disease caused by an helmintic infection which may take any one of a number of forms. Worms living virtually free in the gut lumen, e.g. Moniezia, are relatively nonpathogenic, those that suck blood may cause anemia, those causing mucosal damage, e.g. Ostertagia spp., are followed by inappetence, malabsorption, a protein-losing enteropathy. A group that burrows into the gastrointestinal wall, e.g. Oesophagostomum spp., cause physical disturbances to gut function. Some species, e.g. Strongylus vulgaris, migrate through other tissues and cause clinical signs related to that migration.

Patient discussion about helminthiasis

Q. how will i know if i have a tape worm in my body?

A. Most people who are infected with tapeworm don't show symptoms.
It's possible you might notice segments of the adult tapeworm (proglottids) in your stool. Other possible signs and symptoms include:

Loss of appetite
Abdominal pain
Weight loss and inadequate absorption of nutrients from food

If you suspect you have a tapeworm you'll need your doctor to check your stool or send samples to a laboratory for testing. A laboratory may use microscopic identification techniques to check for eggs or tapeworm segments in your feces.

Q. baby has worm in stool 6 monthold

A. There are many treatments, but as far as I know they require prescription, so consulting a pediatrician may be necessary.

However, you may read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intestinal_parasite

Q. Is it possible to have pin worm on directly on the skin of your fore arms? I've had this condition for more than a year. The only thing that makes a difference is something to kill parasites. Nothing works efficiently. I itch all over beside having big sores on my arms and back. I've hade blood test that show that there are no parasites in the blood. So now what do I do? I am constantly digging this out of my skin, and the buggars jump.

A. I'm seeing a dermatologist. They said it wasn't scabies. That's what I thought it was at first. I keep breaking out in new places. The Dr. say's it's dermititous, but I'm seeing something different. Went I first broke out with this I felt crawly in the area I now have the sores.

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Bleeding, foot and mouth disease, gastrointestinal helminthiasis, mange, myiasis, pain, pediculosis, pneumonia, tick infestation and uterine prolapse were ten common conditions/ailments of animals for which traditional prescriptions are usually being used in the area.
However, some diseases like diarrhea, helminthiasis, and skin disorders in humans were treated with more than one plant.
Prevalence of gastro intestinal helminthiasis and comparativeefficacy of anthelmintics in parasitized buffalo calves.
Dracunculiasis (guniea worm disease), lymphatic filariasis, blinding trachoma, Human African trypanosomiasis, leprosy, soil-transmitted helminthiasis, schistosomiasis, onochocerciasis, Chagas disease, and visceral leishmaniasis.
Data on the prevalence of helminthiasis was analyzed using Chi-square statistical design on the basis of sex and age.
Several cases of helminthiasis have been reported in various breeds of parrots by different scientists like Ascaridia platyceri (Weekes, 1981) in masked lovebird; Hymenolepis macrorchida (Spasskii, 1988); Ascaridia, tapeworm, microfilaria, Hexamita, and Spiroptera (Tsai et al.
The formulations were used for treatment of a diverse number of diseases like fever, helminthiasis, sexual disorders, poisoning, gastrointestinal disorders, excessive hair loss, heart disorders, mental disorders, kidney stones, jaundice, respiratory tract disorders, liver disorders, paralysis, skin disorders and pain.
To inspect the predominance of gastrointestinal helminthiasis in sheep, 500 faecal samples from all over the tehsil Jatoi, Pakistan were examined by using direct/indirect and copro-culture techniques.
In Bangladesh, the traditional medicinal practitioners (Kavirajes) use various parts of the plant like leaf, bark, root, stem, and fruit for treatment of edema, constipation, helminthiasis, dysentery, diarrhea, pain, and kidney, gall bladder, liver and gastrointestinal disorders of diabetic patients.
Third, it is important to juxtapose these observations with trends observed over the same period, but with an emphasis on soil-transmitted helminthiasis and schistosomiasis.
Various indigenous communities of India, Nepal and Bangladesh, as well as folk medicinal practitioners and herbalists of these countries are known to use the plant for a variety of medicinal purposes including treatment of rheumatism, diabetes, fever, respiratory tract illnesses, gastrointestinal disorders, leprosy, infertility, pain, urinary disorders, helminthiasis, eye and ear infections, hepatic problems, and sexually transmitted diseases.