Human Intestinal Worms – Symptoms, Pictures, Treatment

What Are Intestinal Worms (Helminths)?

Human intestinal worms are parasites that live in the human intestine, eat bowel content or suck blood from the intestinal wall.

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Intestinal worms may cause severe, life threatening infection, predominantly in children in tropical and subtropical areas where people often defecate on the ground: in rural parts of Africa, Middle East, South Asia, Indonesia and Central and South America. In people from Mediterranean parts of Europe or south parts of North America, they usually cause a relatively mild disease.

Presence of parasites of any kind (including intestinal worms) in or on the body is called infestation.

Helminth is a medical term for intestinal worm.

Symptoms of Infestation With Intestinal Worms

Intestinal worms may live in someone’s intestine for years without causing any symptoms. General symptoms may appear few weeks or several months after infestation and include paleness, weakness, tiredness (from anemia due to lost blood sucked by worms), restlessness, disturbed sleep and weight loss (due to loss of nutrients used by worms). Abdominal symptoms can last from weeks to months and include:

Sources of Worm Infection

Worm eggs, shed in the stool of humans or animals infected with adult worms, can contaminate soil or water. Once outside the body, eggs need several days or weeks to develop into the infective stage (cysts) or immature worms (larvae) that may be ingested when you eat with soil-contaminated hands or when you eat raw unwashed vegetables. Another source of intestinal worms is undercooked infected meat of domestic pig, freshwater fish or wild animals (bear, walrus, etc.). One can also be infected by ingesting dog’s fleas that have ingested parasitic eggs. Children may contract infection from sandboxes contaminated with pets’ stool. Certain types of immature worms may penetrate through your skin during swimming or walking barefoot; when they reach the small or large intestine they grow into adult worms.

Common garden worms usually do not cause illness in human. 

How Intestinal Worms Cause Disease?

Adult worms, which may be from 1 millimeter to several meters long, invade the bowel wall and suck the blood from it, or live freely in the intestine and utilize nutrients from the bowel content. The result are small intestinal or colonic inflammation and ulcers, anemia, and protein, iron and vitamin (mainly A, C, B12) deficiency. Intestinal obstruction may occur in severe cases. Larvae may migrate to other organs (liver, spleen, bladder, muscles, lungs, brain), where they form cysts and trigger allergic inflammation.

Common Human Intestinal Worms

A. Roundworms (Nematode) (1)

  • The large roundworms (Ascaris lumbricoides) are found worldwide. They are several inches long and thick as a pencil (Picture 1).
  • Hookworms (Necator americanus, Ancylostoma duodenale) are mostly found in tropical areas; they are about a half of inch long; they may be contracted by walking barefoot – they penetrate through the skin. Once in the intestine, they suck blood from the intestinal wall.
  • Whipworm (Trichuris trichiura), causing trichuriasis
  • Threadworms
    • Strongyloides stercoralis
    • Pinworm or seatworm (Enterobius vermicularis) is half an inch long, white  worm; its egs cause anal itch.
  • Trichinella spiralis, causing trichinosis, may be acquired by eating undercooked contaminated pork meet. Parasites move from the intestine into muscles and other organs where they form cysts – encapsulated forms, which are hard to eradicate. Main symptoms are abdominal pain, muscular and joint pain, swelling of the eyes and skin rash.

Roundworm - Ascaris lumbricoides

Picture 1. Roundworm –Ascaris lumbricoides (several inches long)

B. Flukes (Trematoda)

  • Schistosoma mansoni causes intestinal schistosomiasis (bilharziasis), mainly in Africa, Middle East, Caribbean and South America. It is about half an inch long and 1 millimeter thick. Adult parasites live in intestinal veins and release eggs into the intestinal hollow. Diagnosis is by finding eggs in the stool and urine.

Swimmer's itch - schistosome dermatitis, caused by flukes

Picture 2. Schistosome dermatitis (swimmer’s itch) –
– a rash on the lower arm on the sites of parasite entry

C. Tapeworms (Cestoda)

  • Fish (broad) tapeworm (Diphyllobothrium latum) is contracted by infected freshwater fish; it may exceed 10 m; it appears in Europe, Russia and US.
  • Beef tapeworm (Taenia saginata) (Picture 3) and pork tapeworm (Taenia solium) may be contracted by undercooked beef or pork – mainly in rural areas, worldwide. Adult worms may be over 20 m long.
  • Dog tapeworm (Dipyllidium canium) is common in dogs and cats. Humans are (rarely) infected by ingesting dog fleas, infected with tapeworm larvae. Rice sized particles can be found in the stool.

Dog tapeworm - Taenia saginata

Picture 3. Beef tapeworm – Taenia saginata (several meters long)
(source: Wikimedia)

Trichicara cati or Trichicara canis can be attracted by ingesting eggs in cat’s or dog’s stool. After ingesting they develop into larvae that migrate through the body organs, like lungs. Common symptoms are fever and cough.

How Are Intestinal Worms Diagnosed?

If you suffer from unexplained abdominal bloating, diarrhea, weakness or weight loss, your doctor should suspect intestinal worms (or other intestinal parasites) as a possible cause. Diagnosis is confirmed by stool test for ova and parasites (O&P test). Hemoccult can reveal blood in the stool. Blood tests can reveal anemia (low ferritinand low red cells), low levels of vitamins A, C or B12, antobodies against certain worms, or elevated levels of eosinophils and IgEantibodies. Pinworm eggs from anal region can be collected by adhesive tape test.

Treatment of Intestinal Worms

A single dose of anti-worm drug, like mebendazole (safe for pregnant women), albendazole, diethylcarbamazine, ivermectin or praziquantel kills parasites in most cases. For some days after the healing, a stool-to-mouth auto-infection with eggs is still possible. Untreated infestations may last for years.

Prevention of Intestinal Worms

The following should prevent you from attracting intestinal parasites:

  • Wash the hands after visiting toilet, touching soil or pets, and before meal
  • Tell kids to avoid touching mouth and nose with their hands
  • Do not walk barefoot and swim in lakes in tropical areas
  • Avoid suspicious restaurants with poor hygiene
  • Cook meat and fish well


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  2. Bilharziasis  (
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  • Thank you for your input Leah.

  • candace

    Help! I’m 33 yrs old mother of 3 and I have two small dogs. I went to the bathroom this morning to go number two and I did a little bit then I went to wipe and there was a brown flat worm on the toilet paper so I looked in the toilet n saw the rest of the worm. It was very long and dead. I also just got over a very painful urinary tract infection and I wondering what to do…is the uti related? I’m scared. Plus I’ve been very tired and no appetite. Except craving sugar. What is it and what will happen to me?

  • Hi Candace. It’s unlikely to be from the urinary tract although there are tiny worms that can affect the bladder. Firstly it needs to be verified whether what you saw was a worm. A stool test may be advisable to confirm the presence of worms in the bowels. Sometimes mucus in the stool is mistaken for worms and mucus can occur with conditions like IBD. It would be advisable to speak to your doctor and get a referral to a specialist like a gastroenterologist.

  • Marnie

    I have been experiencing mild diahareah light brownish in color and separate itchy anus very gasy intense pain in tummy lack of appetite been going on 16 days always seem to get bm between 9 30pm and 5 30am inconvenient too get parasite stool off too the lab. anytime I eat is seeming to make it worse. having difficult time staying on my feet at work. tonights stool I noticed at least 5 creamy color white abt 3-4 milimeter long not transparent clear color slightly shiny round no history of all of these symptoms together. other ideas thanks.

  • Jordan

    Start juicing, fruits, kale, go vegan even! High citrus diets naturally kill paracites, you need to cleanse your body. Parasites come from animals and dirt. Take a keen eye to your environment what contact you have with animals and dirt or meat. By the way this was personally tested on me, I had wide variety of issues, did my own research after seeing several doctors no one had explanation or cure. research pointed to parasites found juicing to be a cure. What do ya know out pops dead worms.

  • Hi Marnie. Without a stool test there is no way you can be sure that it is worms. Given your symptoms and response to food this could be other bowel conditions where mucus may be passed out with the stool. This mucus, sometimes mixed with undigested food due to the diarrhea, may appear like worms. Don’t make this assumption just yet. Given the symptoms it would be important for your doctor to consider conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or even irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) among others. The itching of the anus could occur with the diarrhea and may even be a sign of hemorrhoids. This is not a diagnosis just some possible conditions that could account for your symptoms. See you doctor and possibly get a referral to a gastroenterologist.

  • anthony

    Hi, I was hoping you might be able to give me a general idea of whats going on. It all started up to a month ago when i began to pass silent noxious gas. It burns as it comes out and smells awful. However it wasnt until recently that i began to have other problems. Problems like my stomach is always growling and bubbling and I am constantly eating. Also my rectal opening started to itch like crazy over the las 2 weeks and i scratched it and it would get worse. So i started to look into the possibility of worms and shortly after I semi confirmed my suspicions. The first unusual bowel movement- Total of three turds. First two were normal and healthy looking but the third one was small and smooth with about 10 white hairish things coming out of it, im not sure if they were moving. The second- Once again a pass a few healthy peices and then a third one that was smooth and small. This time there was one strand about1/2 inch-1inch long coming directly out of the side. I wouldnt say that it looked so much like a worm that you would find in the dirt but more of a hair with split ends. It was coming directly out of the side and looked to be attached. At this point I really started worrying so i told my grandmother and she works for a school who said it was most likely pinworms. So i went to the parmacy and i bought a bottling of reeses pinworm treatment. Shortly after I went poop and the same thing I had saw before was sticking out of the side. However this time it was sticking a little tiny bit sideways but then it fell directly down so I had to roll the log to actually see it was what i thought it was. Also this time it was brownish yellowish, yellowish like the pinworm medicine. Today I woke up and immidiatly went poop (rectal itching was still there but mild and i woke up 4 or 5 times during the night.) Anyway my poop was a big sinker and went down the tube and out of sight. From what i read online I the heavier the poop the less gas was in it which i took as a good sign because apparently the worms cause excess gas. So i went to the doctor but couldnt get in because of a complication with my medicaid card but im going to see him tomarrow. In the meantime I was hoping you would get back to me and tell me if these symptoms seem like a parasite or specificly pinworms. Sorry for the length, thanks. P.S Ive been 135lbs for a year now and the other day i wasnt even heavy enough to register my aunts seatbelt on which she said 135 should be enough, though i dont have a scale i feel that i may have lost weight in a little while. -anthony

  • Hi Jordan. Thank you for your input. The diet you recommend would definitely have some health benefits but it is unlikely to eradicate the parasitic worms. The acidity that you refer to would be quickly neutralized in the upper digestive tract while worms usually reside in the lower tract. You’re correct that some worms may be found in meat (like tapeworms) and in the living area of animals but many are also contracted from the soil. Always wash your fresh fruits and vegetables and clean your hands thoroughly many times throughout the day to avoid ingesting worms or the eggs. When mentioning any research please provide the links to these studies for other readers to view. A proper anti-parasite drug can eradicate worms within days to weeks but dietary and lifestyle changes are always advisable as well, if relevant.

  • Bailey

    Ok so this just happened it’s kinda graphic so get ready I went to the bathroom and had diarrhea I was about to flush when I saw something in it it was a worm like thing in there about half a inch earlier this week I was having bad anal itches and I know this is strange that I am on the website because I’m 13 is this normal please reply as soon as possible

  • Rosie

    Hi my name is Rosie. I am 13, and I noticed a white worm about an inch long in my stool.What can I do about it? Should I be worried? I havent told my parents yet because im a bit embarrassed about it, but I don’t know if I should see a doctor or not. The only symptom I have Is diarrhea.

  • Rosie

    Hello, my name is Rosie. I am 13 years old, and today I found a fattish, white worm about an inch long in my stool. Should I be worried? Is there anything I can do about it? I havent told my parents yet because I’m a bit embarrassed about it, but I don’t know if I should see a doctor, or let the worms do what they want. My only side effects are diarrhea, and a burning sensation in the rear.

  • Rosie

    Hello, my name is Rosie and I’m 13. Today I found a fattish white worm about an inch long in my stool. It looks just like a round worm except alot shorter. Should I be worried? Is there anything I can do about it? I havent told my parents yet because I’m a bit embarrassed about it. Should I see a doctor? Or should I just let the worms do what they want? My only symptoms are diarrhea and a burning sensation in the rear.

  • ChinaGirl


    My husband and I are living in rural China and are worried that we may have contracted some kind of intestinal parasite. We both regularly have very upset stomachs and today in my stool I noticed several creamy white organisms, about 1-2 cms long, that looked as if they could be maggots. I have seen this before (although slightly smaller) and so has my husband. We don’t have access to an English speaking doctor and so I am trying to ascertain what this is most likely to be, and if there is an over the counter medication we can take before we make a long and very expensive trip to the nearest city to get medical help! Any input would be appreciated. 🙂

  • Carolyn Neese

    Hi i just found in my stool that looks like a spider have been really sick for month its brown about I inch long and looks just like spider with legs all over it and my commode was full of bright red blood no doctors will talk to me about this

  • Hi ChinaGirl. This could very well be intestinal worms like pinworms (threadworms) but it is difficult to say for sure without a stool test as there many possible species of intestinal worms. If it is indeed words then you may need to see a doctor to get a prescription for the drugs that will eradicate these worms. Not sure how it works in China but you should try to contact a nearby pharmacy and check if they do require a prescription for these anti-worm medicine.

  • frances

    helo. this is is my first time to join this chatroom. I did because of my experience yestrday. I saw a worm (just like the ascaris i saw in the internet) and it’s long. maybe 10inches floating together with my feces when i poo yesterday. i was really shock to see the worm. it’s dead and pale cream/ white in color.. now i feel like my whole stomach is full of it. i read that mebendazole is a good meds to combat worms.. i am still freaking out today! HELP!

  • TCK

    Today, i found a long like 5-6 inch long worm ( dead ) i guess after I poop… It was quite disgusting while i use my hand to take it from the toilet bowl. Afterwards, I left it besides the floor and find out about the parasites I’ve in my body. I guess it is a tapeworm which stay in my body quite a few years… So, here’s my question. Will there more tapeworms inside my body? Should I tell my parents about this? ( I’m just 15.) So I tell them? Is it harmful to my body?

  • HI Carolyn. A stool test would need to be done to verify whether it was a parasite or not. Even if this “spider” is not visible in the stool again, parasites in your bowels would be continuously releasing eggs which a lab would be able to detect. The blood may not be related to any intestinal parasites but rather it could be due to other conditions like hemorrhoids. The doctor you are consulting cannot refuse to provide treatment. Either seek a second opinion from another doctor or take it to the necessary health authorities in your country. If you are using the public health system then it may be worth considering seeing a private doctor.

  • Carolyn Neese

    thank you so much was beginning to think lost mind my doctor don’t want to admit their is such a thing and none of the doctors and nurses I talk to don’t belive me either I read on google to drink apple cider vinegar 3 times a day and I have I have gained 3 lbs and feel lots better passed these 3 times am I losing all of them please tell me I am doing right thing thank you C Neese

  • Hi Frances. Do not try to treat yourself. You must consult with a doctor. A stool test may first me conducted to identify any worms or its eggs. Then the appropriate medication will be prescribed. Yes, mebendazole is commonly prescribed but the eradication treatment is best supervised by a medical professional.

  • Hi TCK. Yes, you should definitely tell your parents about it. If it is a tapeworm then it is very likely that there are other worms in your bowels. Most worm infestations of the bowels cause mild symptoms that you may not even have noticed and sometimes there are no symptoms at all. But over time it may result in complications so it is better to get it treated as soon as possible.

  • AshleyMendo

    I was at the doctors office today. The nurse was very nice and kept repeating ” I believe you are really experiencing these sympotms and they must be treated.” So im off to ments l health to be evaluated. I dont understand. Why wont they just run the tests??

  • May

    Can strings (not mucus but actual whitish colored strings) and stick-like things be anything other than parasites? I have had these in my stool along with itching and overall skin itching (and a mild rash in the past) for a while now. I have tried so many things (Reeses pinx, Albenza, and Paragone to name a few) and symptoms will not go away. I have used these meds for quite a while and was on Albenza daily for at least 10 days in a row with no resolution…. What can this be? I see many many strings in my stool after taking the albenza but symptoms just continue. I also see a small amt of strings in my son’s stool. Can this be something other than parasites? My doctor was not too helpful and the pediatrician would not even see my son and said just give him over the counter PinX. (Please help)

  • May

    Can strings (not mucus but actual whitish colored strings) and stick-like things be anything other than parasites? I have had these in my stool along with itching and overall skin itching (and a mild rash in the past) for a while now. I have tried so many things (Reeses pinx, Albenza, and Paragone to name a few) and symptoms will not go away. I have used these meds for quite a while and was on Albenza daily for at least 10 days in a row with no resolution…. What can this be? I see many many strings in my stool after taking the albenza but symptoms just continue. I also see a small amt of strings in my son’s stool. Can this be something other than parasites? My doctor was not too helpful and the pediatrician would not even see my son and said just give him over the counter PinX. (Please help)

  • Kyle Boothe

    Hi, I have recently noticed many very long almost translucent, barely visible to the naked eye that come out of my anus when I pass gas or defecate. I notice them all day as they come out of my anus and enter my nasal passage and or mouth. I am disgusted by this. I have tried pyrantel pomoate. I am extremely skinny and have experienced loss of appetite. Please advise me on what to do. I’ve tried cutting them, they just tether and seem to get worse. I feel like Im going crazy.

  • Cathy

    The worms I have found in my stool have been 1/2 to 1 inch in length, grayish in color and had a black head and end. My doctor has not been able to identify the type of worm and has not prescribed medicine. Any ideas?

  • Hi May. It is possibly parasitic worms but there is no way we can say for sure. If you did not get a sample of the stool at the times you saw these ‘strings’ then do not worry. Any stool sample will do as the worms release microscopic eggs in the stool on a constant basis. The stool sample will have to be sent to a laboratory for further examination. You may also want to consult with a gastroenterologist who can advise you further after the relevant investigations.

  • Hi Cathy. A stool sample needs to be sent to a laboratory for further examination and verification. Even if the sample that you collect does not seem to have any worms within it, there will still be microscopic eggs (invisible to the naked eye) and the lab staff will be able to confirm the type of worm responsible. Speak to your doctor about this type of stool analysis.

  • Hi Kyle. That is strange as to how it gets from your anus to your nose/mouth. You need to speak to a medical professional. A stool analysis may be necessary where a stool sample will be sent to a laboratory for further examination. Once the species of parasite can be confirmed then you doctor will start you on the appropriate medication.

  • Jan

    Hello k66, the doctors also think my intense abdominal pain is ovarian cysts. Somehow pathology tests are always negative for intestinal parasites. Did you find out the cause of your abdominal pain?

  • Jan

    hi k66, did you find out the cause of your abdominal pain? The doctors think my pain is ovarian cysts and all the test results say I don’t have parasites but I’m not sure about this.

  • Shenita Starks

    I just found a transparent looking worm In my 2yr old pull up. I’m worried. Dr says bring in stool sample. And they will test and have results in 3 days. I don’t want to wait that long. I’ve read stories that they can spread through the body. He mentioned that it maybe ascaris lumbricoides but it’s transparent not white. Any suggestions

  • Hi Shenita. Your doctor’s suggestion is correct. You need to follow the procedure and take a stool sample to him. It will be sent to the laboratory for analysis. Even if another worm cannot be spotted, there will be tiny eggs that the lab technicians will be able to identify under a microscope. Most intestinal worms do not spread throughout the body and certain types where immature forms can enter muscle or brain tissue only do this after years and decades, and only in some people. Rather than worrying about it, take the stool sample to the doctor and you will get a definitive answer. Only then can your doctor start the appropriate treatment for the specific worm species.

  • Beth Gerley

    Hi. I had a worm infestation as a 7 year old kid. I never received any treatment. I am 51 years old. is it possible to still be infested after all these years? I have low energy, low weight and a vitamin b deficiency.

  • Hi Beth. It depends on the types of worms involved at the time of your childhood infestation. Some infestations do resolve spontaneously. At other times the infestation can persist for long periods of time as it has sufficient food within the bowels and continues to reproduce. You should first go for a stool test which will be able to confirm a diagnosis of worms. Your symptoms could be due to other factors like a malabsorption syndrome which may be totally unrelated to intestinal worms. Your doctor will be able to advise your further.

  • Liz Chapman

    Yes or tell u it is all in your head and do absolutely nothing. And when I tried to show the evidence I was told because I was trying to prove it in that fashion made their diagnose, and my actions further pointed to the fact that in was all in my head and I needed emotional help.

  • Liz Chapman

    Oh yes all the time this has happened to me four times now. Now they are in my liver and causing joint pain. Do they listen do they even do a test no. The disease morgellions which I use as an example, has been scientificall proven by some doctors, the CDC itself denies it as being a true disease yet they hired the military to do the research and write the report on their findings. Now why would the CDC have the military do their research??? What the military said in their report was the diagnosis of delusional parasitosis, (which became a condition by a psychiatrist in 1948 who labeled and believed in this theory) mind you they are still using this as a diagnosis !!!?? how many new organisms have been discover since then?! But what better cover up for something that has escaped some military lab then to create a cover story that ts in our heads and we are mentally ill. Look how long it was before the true information about the militaries use of agent orange came to light? Or how lon did the government cover up that smoking was indeed linked to cancer. DECADES!!! sorry went off on a rant but I know exactly where you are comingg from and these doctors should be held responsible for their neglect. baaaa baaaaa baaaa they are as sheep.

  • Lyn Brody

    Pure Gum Spirits of Turpentine. 5T of Olive Oil to 1T of Turpentine. Blend well in a blender or mixer. Take one teaspoon at bed time for 4 days on and 3 off. Drink 1 Quart of water for ever 50 lbs of body weight. Avoid sugar, bread, starches and pastas. Eat the highest quality of food you can get. Consider a diet change. You can have die off symptoms so be prepared. Stick with it and you will notice parasites in your stools. The parasites will vacate. Diamond G. Forest Products.

  • ThinkAgain

    I don’t understand what this forum is for? I went to 3 different Doctors and none followed correct Procedure. They look at me like I’m nuts. none bothered to tell me stool has a 2 hour window to be to labs and needs refrigeration. The lab said no parasites but of coarse they used a sample I brought that was 5 hours old and was in toilet water which flaws tests, These Doctors need to be sued. Now its spread to another person and I can barely make it out of bed. I was told by my health care provider Blood tests don’t show for worms and they told me you cant see worms. You just tell people see a doctor. I have state funded insurance, I cant just keep goin in they wont let me. I finally got a prescription when I drove to an ER in another stae but The Pharmacy told me they can’t get it> So I just bought 90 Albenzadole tablets from Canada that’s what works . You cant help people by telling them go back to doctor. Are you payin for it? Will you refer them ? Now I have to find out what kind of worms we have and what to get for the worms that have caused about 70 lesions on my Boyfriend like flea bites. We went in to ER 1 week ago and I showed the DR. My Man got nothing and he is bleeding from the bites. Don’t you try telling me to go to Dr. What part of WE already tried that ,cant you get that’s posted here so many times?:
    The crappy Doctors are the ones that start epidemics. Worms are contagious and I have been out in pubic areas for 6 months probably spreading them cause no one helped me, I didn’t know Id spread them untill I researched myself. Quacks

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  • ThinkAgain

    What odd words to you use in describing dr appointments. Im not finding joy at all. As far as my post I stated I, and many readers have already been to doctors thats why I went to Er no one believes or listens and that is why People need help. People cant go to a gast.dr you need referals you tell me amd others to use dead end sources. People should be able to sue doctors for mis or mondiagmosos. Wonder how many worms are spread I use public facilities.I have them and untill I get help they will spread. Job secururity for you

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  • 752858189

    It is possible–also it is possible that a wide variety of other things are causing your problem. Many young children have had pinworms. Usually there is quite a bit of itching of the anus is one is infected. If you had pinworms as a child not likely that is stayed with you. But there are many types of parasites that can cause symptoms.

  • Shelley

    I have an elevated eosinophils re: bloodwork………has anyone else had bloodwork done? Doctors unfortunately only seem to understand numbers…….I will be seeing a new Dr. today and hope he finds some answer. I am tired of medical professional (so called) basically thinking we lie about what’s happening to us…..then they decide we need some anxiety med….when they themselves are the cause of the anxiety! Dang that gets me fired up!

  • Kristy

    What should I do I found stuff that looks like rice in my stool should I be worried

  • Kaitlyn Burkett

    I recently discovered a lot of rice shaped things in my feces when using the bathroom. I can’t tell if they are brown rice that wasn’t digested properly (I had eaten a lot recently, but not in the last few days), or the cucumber tapeworm eggs. Dipylidium caninum. I’ve looked at pictures and they look similar to what I found. However, they don’t move. Like when my dog had worms and they would come out with her feces, they would be slightly moving. These don’t move at all, and there would be a lot of them.

  • Hi Kaitlyn. It can be difficult to self-diagnose and it is always advisable to speak to your doctor. A stool sample will have to be sent to a laboratory for further examination. Even if the worms itself are not visible in the stool sample, the appropriate tests will be able to detect the worm eggs. This could be worms but it may also be undigested or partially digested rice. You may have some other gastrointestinal problem that is affecting digestion. Your doctor will advise your accordingly.


    I have noticed what looks like cigarette butts in my stool. They are not attatched to the stool. What could this be?

  • Ikunat

    I am starting to consider I might have a parasitic infection. I have been sick for 3 years. It started out with migraines, then joint aches, then vertigo, then I developed neuropathy in my legs and vitamin b12 problems. Then I randomly develop severe food allergies and started having anaphylactic reactions. Then I developed asthma. Now I am loosing an alarming amount of weight. I am down to 113 and I’m 5’7. Right before I started getting sick 3 years ago I was traveling all over South East Asia. I went to Thailand, Bali, Malaysia and a couple other countries. I do not think my stool is normal now that I started to actually consider this.

  • Hi Ikunat. While an infection could be a possibility, you should also consider a possible autoimmune disease. Sometimes an infection (could have been acquired during your travels) serves as a trigger for certain autoimmune conditions. The only way to know for sure is to consult with a doctor and have him/her conduct the relevant tests. Speak to your family doctor. It may also be a good idea to follow up with an internist.