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.

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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    Our home appears to be infested too but not sure what to do…

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  • Tasneem Vohra

    hi my child is just 20 months old. Suffering with blood in stools, have done tests also but nothing clear. Have d-wormed her thrice in this month but no satisfactory results

    • Jan Modric

      Tasneem Vohra,

      if no parasaties, other causes of blood in the stool should be considered. The doctor should tell, if colonoscopy is required.

  • Barbara

    Hi I am itchy all over I have lumps that come up in my skin and after a few days they turn red The lump stay there for weeks then only fades slowly. I have tried de-worming 2 times 16 days apart. My stools are getting tested now: first one nothing.
    I have blind boils on my but. Several doctors have looked at my skin lesions but are unclear what parasite is to blame.
    I think I got bitten by a sandfly while on holiday in Darwin. If I had a common parasite then my treatment would of caused it to flush out?
    My recent lump is on my adams apple at this stage it looks like a mossie bite but I know it isn’t I could do with some help.

  • shoaib

    hi,i have swelling around my eyes and have pain near umbilicle region,also itchy near anus,i m surprised that is worm grow more fast if we eat more and more sweet?and also bad smell is coming through my mouth,hope your suggetion will help me,

    • Jan Modric


      it’s possible you have intestinal parasites. This can be confirmed by a stool test for parasites ordered by an gastroenterologist. Sugary foods can promote growth of one-cell parassites, like giardia.

  • theo81

    I noticed a very thin, 1/2 inch long thread like thing detach from my stool. One end was split in two and it was a cream/white colour. Is this likely to be pinworm or maybe food, eg: beansprout? I have no other symptoms associated with intestinal worms except a stomach ache today.


    • Jan Modric


      it could be either of them. Stomach ache nay be from bloating and this again can be from food or parasites…

      • Wanda Greene

        So, What would that parasite be? I just seen 2 that match his description in my BM. Do you have to see a Dr. to cleanse parasites from the colon. I have had horrible cramps, bloating, and belching for a while now. I also have liver disease too, so I figure the fatigue and stomach problems were due to that. but now I’ve seen them and they seemed to be moving!? yikes!! I am grossed out! help!

        • Hi Wanda. Yes, you should see your doctor and he/she will most likely send you for a stool test to confirm the presences of these parasitic worms. If it is indeed present, an appropriate prescription will eradicate the worms. Your doctor will advise your accordingly.

          • Wanda Greene

            Thank you! will do!

          • 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.

  • Blair

    This might sound disgusting, but here it goes. I flew out of town for two weeks for work. When I returned I found I forgot to flush because I was in a hurry, and the stool was full of small, I want to say one or two inch tiny black worm looking things. I am not suffering from any type of symptoms. What kind of worm is black ish in color, or that size, and what kind of doctor should I see. Please reply!

    • Jan Modric


      it’s not necessary that worms originated from your bowel; theorhetically some fly could bring worm eggs from somewhere. Anyway, it is a gastroenterologist or even your primary doctor that can order a stool test for ova and parasites (O&P test).

  • Blair

    Thank you very much! Its nice to be able to talk to someone about this! I am planning on seeing a doctor in the next few weeks, I found otu about this issue three weeks ago but have been way to busy to even think about going. Is this an issue I need to make time for, or will two weeks likly not make much of a diffrence?

    • Jan Modric


      if nothing drammatically occurs in this time, two weeks should not be a problem, I think. Please note that I did not say you do not have worms.

  • crystal

    I have suffered with severe diarrhea and stomach pain and gas/nausea and some vommitting for about 17 yrs, I am now 25. I have been to several dr.s and gastros and when i was 7 they diagnosed me with IBS so Ive just led to believe thats what I got. Well I went to a well-known herbalist the other day and he said i have intestinal parasites (worms) and prescribed black walnut hull pills for 60 days (3 a night). Tonight is the first night to try them, im reallllly hoping they help because i would like to have a normal as possible life.

    • Jan Modric


      many patients diagnosed with IBS have fructose malabsorption, which is not well known yet, so some doctors may be not aware of it.

  • Mariam

    I have been having severe abdominal pain for two years. There are days where I have no pain, but most days I have mild to severe pain where I cannot get out of bed and can only function with pain medication. I was tested using a Lactose Test for parasites and was told I have them and given antibiotics. The paid never went away. Then I was diagnosed with IBS, I’m currently on medication, but I still have pain nearly every day. I have brown skin discoloration on my abdomen and have gained weight and cannot lose an ounce no matter what I do. Please give me some suggestions. I will try almost anything got get my normal life back.


    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.


    ? The roundworm, also known as Ascaris lumbricoides or the large intestinal human roundworm, is more common in areas of the world with an appropriate climate, a high population density, and where sanitation is a problem. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 25% of the world’s population is infected with roundworm. The Ascaris causes an infection known as ascariasis. Living worms are pale pink in colour and have a bright red stripe of their bodies.

  • kas

    i found 3 worms in my popo 1/2 inch to a inch white looked round but on one end it was flat with red tip

    • Jan Modric


      the next time you find worms, take it to the doctor, who can prescribe you appropriate medication.

    • terea

      In my stool there is clear worm like mucus as well as in my mouth and string lille milkey white in my nose sounds grose my body aches everywhere im very pale my feet ache so bad my liver has leisions and a cyst on my pancrius anyone have any answers my dr says ibs

      • Hi Terea, Even though mucus may appear long and stringy like a worm, it may not necessarily be a parasitic worm. Many of these symptoms can be explained with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) as compared to IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). If so then you may need further assessment and management by a medical specialist like a gastroenterologist.

  • Henry Booker Jr.

    My Granddaughter Have Some Kind Of Worms In Her Stool It Have Some Kind Of Little Ligs On It What To Used To Get Rid Of Them .Thank You.

    • Jan Modric

      Henry Booker Jr.,

      a gastroenterologist can prescribe appropriate anti-parasitic medication according to stool test results. I’m not aware of any safe and efficient over-the-counter medication.

  • Concerned

    Hello, after searching for answers all over the place I would like to ask a question here. I have sent a sample to the lab to have it checked for intestinal parasites. I took some “samples” to my GP, which i thought were were worms. She says they are just hairs. I am not sure. i ahve looked all over for answers but can’t find anything. I find a lot of the “hairs” in my underpants and I have itch around the anus. I have taken medication a number of times. My questions are: are there worms that look like human hairs (same width, same colour, same length) ? If they are just hairs where do the come from? Just from around the scrotum etcetera? Thanks for any help you can give…

    • Jan Modric


      it does not sound likely to me that intestinal worms would look just like hairs. Worms are usually more thick, fleshy, pale or pinkish, and have few millimeters to several meters in lenght. After beding a hair, the hair would take the original shape immediately; a bent worm would probably not take the same shape again. Worms in pants would be likely accompanied with some mucus.

      Seborrheic dermatitis and jock itch (groin fungal infection) are two common causes of itch and hair loss in the groin – a dermatologist can give you a diagnosis.

  • justice

    Hey, I am 25. When I was a kid I had weird little white worms in my stool they ere maybe a 8th of an inch, one side they were rounded and the other side came to a sharp point. As a child I knew they were worms because they used to move back and forth. I kind of ignored them as a kid and tonight I found a single one on the outside of my feces. I have looked online at different worms and havnt found any that actually looked like them.; I have excess gas and have for a while, migraines, bleeding in stool, intestinal pain etc. What types of worms fit the description. ? I have been checking my stools regularly for a while and havnt found anything until tonight…

    • Jan Modric


      a stool test for ova and parasites would be needed to determine the exact type of the worm. Anyway, effective prescription medications that kill most types of worms exist.

  • onlyme

    hi, over the last few days i have found what looks like apple pips in my stool, dark brown in colour and it doesn’t matter what i eat, they seem to be in there, is that worm eggs?

    • Jan Modric


      it’s possible…a stool test for ova and parasites would confirm/exclude this.

  • prime29

    When I was a child I had worms & now I have the same feelings/ symptons as when i did when I had them, is there any way to get the de-worming drugs without seeing your doctor about it? X

    • Jan Modric


      I don’t know for any safe and effecient anti-parasitic remedies.

  • rv156

    Suffered for years of migraine and has seen many specialists untill my stool sample was checked for O & P when was determened to have a “tropical”worm egg where I had develloped an allergie from. After a ten day treatment it took appr: 3 mnds to be migraine free. Prior to this had done and taken all neurologist had prescribed me for 3 yrs.Valium Librium Nobrium to mention some, now for 3 decades no more headaches. Hope this might be helpfull for someone out there.

    • Jan Modric


      your info is much appreciated. If you don’t mind, besides migraines, which other symptoms you’ve had? Any bowel related?

  • Manoj

    Can you provide me mobile no. My son had similar issue and almost 3 years suffer with migrain. Migrain was promoted from stomach ache nd we went to various doctrs. Very recently he got dignosed with stomach worm and D-Worm tablets 5 days taken and since ast month no issue. Migrain also come to control and seems eliminate after 3-4 months as described here.

    • Jan Modric


      no mobile for now.

  • Hardik

    Hello there,

    I am 23 years Old. No matter how much i eat or consume i never gain weight and i am underweight. Anything i eat over my limit it comes out after an hour or so. I do have a gas problem happened recently. I am vegetarian and have my meals regularly. I have also tried increasing my diet weekly to consume more food but nothing is working still same weight etc. I was wondering is it because i might have worms etc?. I remember faintly when i was young at age of 7 i did had worms but not anymore havent seen lately.

    • Jan Modric


      worms or other intestinal parasites can be diagnosed with a stool test for parasites. Certain food intolerances, like celiac disease, lactose intolerance or fructose malabsorption can cause diarrhea. You may have specific diet trials (check links), lasting for 3-4 days each to see if it helps.

      Here’s an article about weight gain in vegetarians, but you should exclude above mentioned disorders before considering that.

  • k66

    I have had intense abdominal pain for about 3-4 weeks, just recently started having diarrhea, and I have gained weight. Been to the doctors and to the hospital, the assumed it was 1 of three things, bladder infection-negative, ovarian cists-negative, or kidney stones. The pain is still pretty intense at times it comes and goes but I always am in some kind of pain.
    Please give me some answers I am only 17 years of age and I am tired of feeling like a very aged women. Please give me some advice!!

    • Jan Modric


      intestinal parasites can be diagnosed by a stool test for parasites and treated by prescribed antiparasitic medications. Telling where exactly do you feel pain, are your kidneys tender when tapping them with a fist, and do you have any other symptoms, fever, nausea…could help to narrow down the possible causes.

    • 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.

  • Mr Shawn Bucc

    Hello Jan, I am a curios reader and I have a list of issues that i think may be parasites. It all started about 10 years ago when I drank river water in Jamaica. I was sick for a week straight after that. Since then I’ve had trouble breathing at times, my right ear pops like im on an airplane, my eye twitches sometimes, I feel pains in my midsection, I sometimes get short term blurred vision, I have an on and off chest pain and I also feel a crawling feeling up my back and in my midsection. I also get a bloated feeling in my midsection. I have also had pitorius rosea 2 years ago and I believe that it was connected to some form of parasite(s). I feel little itch pains all over that feel very strange and sometimes I have episodes where I feel things moving all arond my body and even up my spine to my brain. I would like to also note that my mouth gets very dry and my vision is worsening. I have had blood and stool test but the doctor has only diagnosed me with one thing. She said that my bilirubid levels were “slightly” higher than normal and I don’t have parasites. I do know that some parasites cause jaundis and I am VERY scared. Please help me. Do you think I may have parasites that theese tests missed? Thank You

    • Jan Modric

      Mr Shawn Bucc,

      to diagnose parasites in the liver, an ultrasound of the liver might be needed. If the itch is related to parasites, eosinophils (a type of white blood cells) and IgE antibodies in the blood could be elevated. A single negative stool test does not exclude parasites.

      On the other hand, you symptoms could be neurological (eye twitching, blurred vision, abnormal sensations), or due to a certain connective tissue disorder (like SLE). Specific blood tests can reveal them.

  • Megc

    Hi. I was treated for worms around age 7 (not sure what kind, but my anus itched.) Around 15, I had same problem, but was just embarassed, removed and cleaned regularly until I didn’t notice any more. I’m now 27 and have 3 children (ages 7, 4, and 4). My son told me about a month ago that he ate fleas off of holly (our dog) during one nap time. Not sure if that’s related other than I know dogs get worms. I’m sort of wondering if I never got rid of them though. I’ve had all sorts of re-curring health problems from vaginosis, bedwetting (my son started this about 6 months ago for no noticeable reason), itchy anus, ibs, mucus in stool. Anyway, i found worms in my sons rear last week as he complained that it itched. I went to the emergency room and they wrote us all a “deworm” prescription (just one pill, although I’ve read that it takes several doses sometimes.) I’m disturbed because the worms being treated are very small and white…but I just had a several inch long worm come out. I used to love eating raw groundbeef as a child (gross I know, but my mom let me and did as well) as well as eating sushi. I’m not sure if it’s related, but i’m trying to give any information that may be helpful. I was referred to as the “MS ethiopian” since my teens since I’m 5″8 and only 100lbs. Any help, knowledge, suggestions for ridding us of this (or multiple?) infestations? I don’t have health insurance and hesitate to go back for 1 pill if it’s not enough or there are other treatments. I’m freaking out. Please help.

    • Jan Modric


      certain types of antiparasitic medications require only one single dose; it could help if you can tell which exact med is it. Dog flies, raw meat, unwashed fruits and vegetables, drinking water from the river…can all be sources of intestinal parasites.

  • Norman

    I have had loose/soft stool and the occasional diarrhea for the past 2 months now, horrid smelling flatulence and breath, bloating (or I could just be gaining weight >.<), and I find myself tired halfway through the day despite getting a good night's rest often. Whenever I had diarrhea, it was always accompanied with fecal incontinence and I could not differentiate flatulence from stool during the time. Even during times without diarrhea it felt like a little came out whenever passing gas. It came to the point where I had to keep approx. 6-10 sheets of toilet paper folded up and held between my butt-cheeks just to make sure I didn't soil myself since I had to go to classes and couldn't get off campus until after at least 4 hours, which by then I would've already had an accident as it happened nearly every time I passed gas within those periods. No one in my family has had the same problems so we don't think it's the food, and allergies don't seem to be the culprit either since we've stuck to the same diet for nearly my entire life. I haven't been sent to a doctor since my family finds it pretty minor. Could this be caused by intestinal parasites?

    • Jan Modric


      yes, parasites would be possible. Other possible causes of diarrhea and “horrid smelling flatulence”:
      – a liver or bile duct disorder – in this case the stool would be whitish and/or foamy and/or sticky and floating (due to unabsorbed fats)
      – small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
      – overgrowth of a bacterium Clostridium difficile – this often results in a barnyard smelling gas.

      I strongly recommend you to visit a gastroenterologist.

  • Mr SB

    Hello Jan, It is Mr SB again from 11-14-10 and this comment is to update you on my progress. My symptoms are getting more wird. I now have a more monotored description. The pain starts in my chest then it works its way to my right ear (feels like im on a plane)then it works its way to my head. I still feel like there is movement in my head. I also still have eye twitching. The pain is never in more than one spots at the same time. It always moves. When I eat, the pain leaves my ear and moves to my stomach (where itching occurs). Also, my ultrasound of my liver came back. The doctor said my liver is enlarged. I am very concerned because the doctor acts like she dosen’t care. I am afraid that the river water I drank in Jamaica is catching up to me. Do you suggest any parasite cleanses that I can buy online or at a pharmacy? Thanks Jan!!!

    • Jan Modric

      Mr SB,

      elevated bilirubin and enlarged liver may speak for a liver disorder, so a gastroenterologist should be able to came to some conclusion. I’m not aware of any safe and effective non-prescribed antiparasitic medication. ear popping disappearing during eating may speak for an elevated pressure in the middle ear – an ENT could say if there is any underlying disorder.

  • LSC

    Hey Jan,

    I don’t know if I have worms or not but these are some wierd things that are happening to me. I can’t gain weight. I’m 117 right now. Ive had trouble sleeping because I feel tiny movements in my stomache and at times I tend to burp alot. I’ve been doing some research on my own and have found that these may be symptoms of worms I just wanted to know wht do you think of these symptoms?
    In my past I’ve been known to have a fast metabolism so I’m thinking it could be that or it could be an infestation.

    • Jan Modric


      fast metabolism itself may make gaining weight hard. Excessive burping may speak for a stomach infection with Helicobacter pylori, slow stomach emptying (gastroparesis), intestinal parasites, fructose malabsorption – you can find more details in this article about excessive burping.

  • j.collins

    a few weeks sgo i a mild case of food poisoning. since then ive had diarreha that comes suddenly and is almost always only water, followed by a day of constapation and then diarreha again. i have an itchy anus especially when laying in bed at night. im always tired and also have insomnia. i have an inconsistant appitite and have lost about 8 pound since this started. could it be anything other then a parasite?

    • Jan Modric


      food poisoning related diarrhea lasting for more than a week is usually caused by parasites. Bacterial or viral diarrhea usually heal on their own within a week. All other symptoms you’ve mentioned can also occur in intestinal parasites. I can’t exclude other causes, though. A gastroenterologist can confirm a diagnosis of parasites with a stool test.

  • me*

    i have a real hard time useing the bathroom. i cant poop. i looked at it today and it had tiny holes all through it, there was also somthing white in it to but i dont know what. can anyone tell me what to do. i feel tired and crappy all the time.

    • Jan Modric


      a gastroenterologist can order a stool test for parasites or some other test, if necessary.

  • ak

    hi Jan,

    today I found a red bit lodged in my stool that was just under 1cm long. being really curious as you can imagine I squeezed it a bit and it was hard but white in the inside a consistency like white bread?! Sorry this is gross but I’m totally confused here. I have not eaten anything that could cause this, and I don’t know what it is…? Could it be a worm egg of some sort (though I would think parasite eggs would be quite small!) Also the stool did have a strange odour unlike my other stools which tend to have a slightly metallic scent. Besides that the stool was normal in size and colour. Any ideas?

  • Liz

    I have IBS,but for past 2 wks I have been having severe intermitent abdominal cramps & either soft or very loose bowel movements. In bed at night I get strange feelings in my stomach, almost as if something is moving around inside. Yesterday while out shopping I had a very loose BM & when wiping myself noticed a flat beige wormlike thing approx.3″ long(looked almost like spaghetti)but was hard.I have had both blood & mucus in my stools & foul gas past 2 wks. Never had this many problems at once with my IBS. Diet has not changed

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Liz

      Acute exacerbations with IBS is not uncommon and may account for some of your symptoms. However what needs to be excluded here is whether you have IBD and not IBS. Inflammatory bowel disease like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis often appear as IBS in the early years. You need to investigate this immediately. “Worm-like things” in the stool are not often actual human intestinal worms. Undigested food, mucus and so on are more likely causes of “unusual sightings” in the stool. Nevertheless it is a possibility and your doctor may request a stool test to detect ova in the stool which will settle the matter as to whether it is an intestinal parasite.

  • Kelly

    I just had a BM and found what looked to be a white round worm next to my stool. it was about 2 inches long. What should I do?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Kelly

      Many adults often report the sight of worms in the stool and it is usually some undigested food or other cause but not worms. This is not to say that this is definitely the cause in your case. If you could retrieve the “worm” then this would be helpful. Alternatively, see a doctor who may consider further investigations like a stool test to confirm the presence of an intestinal parasite or just commence with treatment anyway.

  • top

    it has been almost two years with this problem. realized it was a parasite almost a year ago when they started coming out of my skin. told my doctor over stx months ago what i thought it was . was given skin stuff like rid. given skin creams…my son now has it. told my doctor i had been studying up on it and was 90 percent sure it was large mouth three lip human round worms. that i could wash them out of my hands when under water and pressure applied. he ask if i had a sample . told him they were big enough to see if he wanted me to wash my hands. and that i wanted a culture done. i showed him the sores all over my body and told him how much pain i was in.. he left the room the nurse gave me a steroid shot and my prescriptions. when i got ready to leave found he had written me a referral to a mental facility!!!! I was appaulled and left in tears and humilliated to say the least. Not only does it stink i look like a leaper and dont know what to do. i would really like to take him to court for the pain,suffering and embaressment he has caused. my skin all over my body is so scared that i will never be able to wear shorts or short sleeves again unless some type oh surgeory is done. it has effected my mental stability as well…like they are in my brain. i cry all the time and will not leave my home.WHAT DO I DO? please help!!!

    • Hi Top. It is difficult to comment on a situation like this through an online platform. It obviously needs to be physically examined. You should seek a second opinion if you are dissatisfied with the treatment you have received thus far. Preferably see a dermatologist. You may want to read up on guinea worm disease or dracunculiasis. Here’s an article on it –
      Worm infections of the skin like you are describing are not common. At this point though you need professional attention and a dermatologist may be better suited to assisting you with this problem. Delaying medical assistance and trying to treat the problem on your own can worsen the situation and possibly cause further scarring. If you are able to extract a worm then you should take it it to your doctor.

      • LifeIn Christ

        While I have not been diagnosed (Dr appt is a couple days away), I do believe I have some sort of intestinal worm; I have all of the symptoms. Anyway, I don’t usually reply on these (at least not lately – lol) sites, but I wanted to tell u that you’re not alone with what’s happening with ur skin. Mine is doing something similar. I too currently have ‘leopard’ish’ looking skin that I can peel off, and yes, it does stink! I know this is gross but when I peel it off, the skin that is peeled looks like an either shiny or dull grey – fish scale. But interestingly, underneath reveals perfectly clear “normal” skin, and I can tell that when I finally finish all my scrub baths and peeling – it will all look normal again!?! So, I’ll have to see what the doctor says. I pray u have found answers by now. God Bless!

    • vicky mulhearn

      hi, ive just joined this forum, can you reply and let me know if you are still having trouble with this symptom, i definately know you are not mental. if you get this message i will tell you about me similar but more to it.

    • Need4help

      Omg! Me and my partner are going thru the same thing! I actually had an case worker tell me “do you see the worms now sweetie,show me ” like I was insane!!! My boyfriend is 61 and I am 45. He has a hammer toe so only wears sandals or just socks, sorry honey but he has the ugliest toe nails ever they are an inch thick maybe more no lie. I have round scares on my legs,arms and worse my face)!! I have a compromised immune system from hep c ,pancreatitis ,and a pre cancerous cyst! To top it all off I finally got my dr. To believe me and he prescribed albenza a 280$ pill my insurance won’t pay for they said try pin x otc so we did now it’s worse I eradicated either 1 big or several 2times the size of large night crawlers all white wich paled in comparison to the THING that came out of my boyfriend passed gas it was shocking looked like a screw and sea shells in mold as it dried the screw turned into what looks like a pipe cleaner with a seed split in half on the top and a bit of a silverish worm and it was as hard as steal. Three days or more later you could bend it but not eaisily and he is not at all normal can they enter his brain,he refuses to go to the hospital I have done everything even called adult services ,called the ambulance 4 times in 3 days even left for 5 days nothing. Please help me

      • Hi Need4Help. Please try to keep it as simple as possible. So the worms were expelled through the anus? We ask because you mention your boyfriend’s feet and the scars on your legs, arms and face. There are some worm infestations like guinea worm disease (dracunculiasis) where the worms may come out through the skin particularly on the lower leg and feet. Your boyfriend’s refusal to seek medical treatment is his choice. Unless it is a risk to his life and a court says otherwise, it is up to him what he wishes to do or not do. Without knowing exactly what the problem is, it is difficult to comment further. Medical attention is ideal.

    • 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 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.

        • 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!

    • 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.

  • Linda

    I have worms in my bowel movements. I have been treated 2 times back to back with Albendozole. I discovered we had a problem by seeing one in my sons u flushed toilet. I freaked out then and I am stil freaking out because the medication hasn’t done a thing for either. I have taken two treatments, but they are all over in my bowel movement. I am being sent to a new Gastro and over the phone he said that maybe we have a resistant strain. What the heck does that mesnj anyway? They can’t be killed??! I have been so sick the last few years. I have lost 35 lbs this year. I have chronic nausea, Migraines, I have very infante abdominal intestinal and stomachs spasms. I have no appetite. I am so tired of this. Being so sick all the time. My family needs me back. I have been taking pictures of my bowels. Does anyone know how to diagnose worms from pictures?
    The Picts show some very strange At this point I am open to just about any suggestions. Thank you, Linda

    • Hi Linda. A stool analysis is the best option. Various tests will then be conducted on your stool within a laboratory to conclusively identify the underlying problems. For worms, you could also do a tape test. You mention your son so we assume that you are talking about pinworms because this is the most common type of intestinal worm in children. Often children may spread it to parents.

      There are some drug-resistant strains of pinworms and you may need to take several doses of the anti-parasite medication. Ideally the medication should be used three times separated by a three week interval, even if it is not a drug-resistant strain. You can read more about pinworms here

      Equally important here is that the symptoms you are experiencing may not all be related to a worm infestation. It could be other diseases. For example, in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) mucus in the stool is sometimes mistaken for worms. However, there is no way of saying for sure without further diagnostic investigations. If possible, you should see a gastroenterologist.

  • Xelliexj

    Hi. I recently homed a kitten. The kitten has bad diarrhoea and I think may have worms. Today I started feeling really bad, with fever, diarrhoea and swollen belly. When I passed a stool I noticed lots of white worms in my stool. I’m scared to death I’m going to go doctor in the next day or two. Is this life threatening if I got those symptoms?

    • Hi Xelliexj. Intestinal worms are not life-threatening on its own. So do not be scared or stressed. In fact worms like roundworms are very common and in some regions found in almost 9 out of 10 children. But it is also common among adults. It is usually easily treated so there is nothing to worry about just yet but yes it is important to see a doctor.

  • James

    When I was in my early teen years (13-16) I contracted some type of worm. Always embarrassed I never said anything. My stools contained long white strands clearly visible, once I paid attention I noticed they moved! This continued for a few years then they just disappeared. This was about 15-20 years ago. Hoping it was just an “ignore it and it will go away” instance. These most certainly came from animals (most likely dog)due to the exposure to them I was forced into as a child. Do they just go away without treatment? My fear is that they could be doing unknown damage to me without my knowledge. Over the years my stools became much better and seem healthy, although I suffer from severe heartburn and upper left abdominal pangs/throbbing (possibly unrelated) otherwise no known health issues to date.

    • Hi James. This is very likely to be pinworms or threadworms. It is more common among children. Mild infections can resolve on its own even without treatment. However, the infection can also be relatively “silent” (meaning there are little to no symptoms) for years. So it is worth to consult with a doctor to verify whether this intestinal worm infection has resolved or not. Your doctor may require a stool analysis test to see if there are any eggs of these worms in your stool. It is unlikely that the heartburn and other symptoms you are experiencing are related to an intestinal worm infection. Rather speak to your doctor about these current symptoms and your past history of intestinal worm infection.

  • carolyn meadows

    what would cause a whitemucus kind of stuff was constaped and took x lax

    • Hi Carolyn. There are many possible causes of mucus in the stool. Hemorrhoids, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome are some of the possibilities. You can read more about mucus in the stool in this article
      Intestinal worms is one possibility. Sometimes mucus is mistaken for worms and vice versa. It is advisable that you consult with a doctor. A stool sample may be analyzed for a more definitive indication of the underlying problem. Avoid self-medicating excessively. You could do more harm. Speak to a doctor.

  • Sherril

    I’m gonna have to comment on this post. I have been telling my doctor for two years now I feel as if I have a parasite in my lower bowels. I feel actual “nudging”, and every time I tell him he looks at me like I’m crazy.I felt a biting sensation in my lower right abdomen., and felt movement like I was a pregger.I also had a “tickling sensation in the anus every time I went to sleep, tried the tape test to no avail. Now, I went hiking and blueberry picking, I DEFINATELY picked up an organism thru a spot on the nape of my neck. I started having welts appearing for two weeks(like chiggers I thought). Nothing was done..the symptoms went away..EXCEPT for the spot on my neck…which has never healed. I was having major stomach/right abdomen pain for two one cared. I was about to test the neck spot for skin cancer, but my abdomen pain is so great and constant…all I ever get is..oh, there’s a million causes..sometimes women just have pain. The pain was so bad I am determined to get an answer. I had an endoscopic procedure, they found I had Helio-Pylori. This would still not account for the pain. After getting the pylori medicine, in my stools I noticed a “hair clump”. It was not hair, but rather several whitish threads sticking out of a “sac” that looks like plastic a bit, also found a flat brownish worm. Since that day, I have had these pine needly looking thing EVERYWHERE in my stool. I believe I had a HUGE infestation of perhaps two kinds of worms. I went to the doctor, he wouldn’t look at my specimen, and made me go to hospital for stool sample…I am awaiting results. YUK!! I have animals and know what worms look like. I did travel to Hawaii…and ate some fruit there. Point of the story….if you have abdominal pain,.. get a CARING doctor who believes you! I believe the Pylori medication just “happened” to kill the worms. I am awaiting results, but I am almost 99% on what I am seeing.

    • Hi Sherril. Thank you for sharing your experience. It is important to have any symptom assessed fully if it is persistent like you are saying. Hopefully the stool test will confirm that it is indeed intestinal worms as you were suspecting. Even if there were no visible worms in the stool, a stool test can still confirm the presence of worm eggs or small segments of its body which would occur in an infestation. There are many possible causes of abdominal pain so it may or may not be related to the possible intestinal worm infestation. Hopefully you will get the answers you were looking for once the test results come back.

  • Jay

    I had just went to the restroom and as i went to flush i saw a long worm type thing in my stool and started flipin out plz help

    • Hi Jay. You don’t mention much about the worm in terms of length, shape, color and so on, so it’s difficult to say what worm it may be. There are many different types of intestinal worms and you should not panic right away. Most can cause very long infestations before leading to any serious complications. Nevertheless it should be treated as soon as possible. See your doctor and possibly get a stool test done. It will verify whether there really are any worms or its eggs in your stool. Only then can your doctor prescribe the appropriate treatment. It is possible that this may be mucus that is stringy at times and not a worm. The stool test will confirm whether it is a worm or not.

  • ana

    Hi. I want to take an advise. I for the first time saw 8cm long white rounded string in my stool. My health is fine and my diet intake is same.iam not under weight nor have experienced any such weakness. I experienced it in the morning whereas at night I had spaghettis in dinner. Iam confusing thing thing with I hope you are getting my point. Also, my periods started that nights. Could it be a worm or just an Undigested food. Please respond.

    • Hi Ana. The fact that this is once off and you had spaghetti the night before it could actually be undigested food. This does happen some times. It’s unlikely that your period could be related to this unless you have found diarrhea has arisen as well. This may be explained by the faster than normal movement of food though the gut which is possibly why the spaghetti did not digest fully. There really is no way of saying for unless you see a doctor. A stool sample may be collected and sent to a laboratory for analysis, Even if the adult worms are not found, the lab will be able to identify tiny eggs that would confirm a worm infestation.

  • Leah Erickson

    I started taking Diatomaceous Earth …the parasites are dying and come out through bowel movements/

  • 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.

    • 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

  • 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. 🙂

    • 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.

  • 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 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

  • 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!

    • 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.

  • 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 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)

    • 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.

  • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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      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.

  • 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

    • Hi ImaChristian. We are sorry that you feel this way about our platform. Please note that nobody is forced to use it. The fact of the matter is that any guidance provided online does not constitute a medical consultation. We are also not allowed to advise readers as to how to treat their individual cases. Furthermore by not seeing a doctor, our readers may be missing potentially serious diseases which they do not understand. We therefore are required to advise them to see a medical professional so as not to be held liable in the event that they follow our advice without consulting with a doctor.

      If you are not finding any joy with the current practitioners you are seeing then you should try consulting a gastroenterologist elsewhere. The treatment you will get at ER is only for emergency situations where once stabilized you are sent home with the appropriate prescription. The responsibility is then on you to follow up with a doctor thereafter. You may also want to consider seeing a private gastroenterologist. We understand there are costs involved but this is the case with private medical care in every country.

      • 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

        • Hi ImaChristian. Joy in this case was intended to denote satisfaction and not pleasure. Speak to your family doctor about a referral to a gastroenterologist. If you are not using your medical insurance and willing to pay out of your own pocket, this referral may not even be necessary.

          We unfortunately can only guide users without prescribing any specific treatment as this would open us to litigation. This is a free service rendered by the media company operating this website, and it is quite disappointing to have to be lambasted despite trying to offer a useful online service. You may not have experienced any satisfaction with this service and we are sorry.

          However, this does not mean that others have not either. If you consider the medical profession to be a dead end source, then that is your opinion and you are entitled to it. But there is no other alternative we can suggest. All the best.

  • 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.

  • Orange Guzzi

    I have been sick for years. Bounced from doctor to doctor. Spent $4,000 on Friday with a doctor that said I have mercury poisoning. This morning I pooped in a plastic bowl, added hot water and stirred gently, drained the water and examined the heavy particles. I am full of worms. Unbelievable number of worms from 2 inches down to 1/8 inch I feel better already. Screw the doctor. I am going to the pet store and getting some worm medicine.

    • Hi Orange. Thank you for sharing your experience. Nevertheless we would still advise that you consult with a medical doctor and undergo the necessary tests. If there is an intestinal worm infestation then laboratory tests will confirm it. Even if the worms are not in the stool sample, there will be tiny eggs that can be detected. Based on the results your doctor will prescribe the appropriate medication.

  • Danielle Long

    This emerged from my 2 year old sons back immediately after I rubbed OTC anti fungal ointment on him. For almost 2 years now, we have been having issues with black specks, fuzz-balls and hairs that aren’t identifiable showing up on skin. This is the weirdest thing yet though! I have done so much research and been to many different doctors with no results. Thanks for any help in advance!

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