It often lives in human feces (poop). People catch it through hand-to-mouth contact. If you have a roundworm infection of your intestines (ascariasis), you may not have symptoms. You may see live worms in your poop though.
Worms in your gut eventually pass through your digestive system and are excreted in your feces. Even if you don't have any symptoms, you may find signs of worms in your stool. Worms in human poop can take a number of appearances. For roundworms, you may find pieces of worms or large, live worms in your feces.
The swallowed larvae return to the small intestine and grow and mature into adults. This happens about 2 months after the egg was swallowed. Adult worms live in the small intestine for 1 to 2 years.
Sometimes worms are visible in the anal area, on underwear, or in the toilet. In stool, they look like small pieces of white cotton thread.
It could leave your body on its own. But if your doctor finds it, they can prescribe a medicine like praziquantel or nitazoxanide. These will either kill the adult worms or cause you to poop them out.
It takes one to three weeks for the eggs that are passed in the feces to become infectious; however, these eggs can survive in the environment for many months.
Threadworms live about 5-6 weeks in the gut, and then die. However, before they die the female worms lay tiny eggs around the anus. This tends to be at night when you are warm and still in bed. The eggs are too small to see, but cause an itch around the anus.
About half the world's population (over 3 billion people) are in infected with at least one of the three worms forming what Columbia University parasitologist Dickson Despommier calls the "unholy trinity"—large roundworm, hookworm and whipworm.
Rope worms are long, rope-like structures that sometimes occur in the intestines. According to some scientists, they are parasitic worms, but it is more likely that they are nothing more than a buildup of intestinal mucus and other debris.
It moves. If it doesn't wiggle, it's probably lint or a thread. The worm may be seen around the anus or on the child's bottom. It is especially active at night or early morning.
Depending on the frequency of bathroom visits this can take up to one week. Symptoms of threadworm infection usually disappear within one week of treatment. Threadworms are highly contagious. Hygiene measures should be followed for 6 weeks.
This buildup of mucus, which is sometimes referred to as mucoid plaque, actually closely resembles what others believe is the “rope worm.”
Constipation may be caused by a low fiber diet and lack of fluids. Fiber adds bulk to stool, increasing its size. If you don't eat enough fiber or drink enough fluids, stool loses its bulk and may become thin and stringy.
Pinworms are rarely spotted in stool samples. Because bathing or a bowel movement can remove the eggs, the tape test should be done as soon as the person wakes up in the morning.
Signs and Symptoms
Parasites can live in the intestines for years without causing symptoms.
As important as they are alive for distributing nutrients and organisms and decomposing matter, worms are also very important in the food chain. They provide a crucial protein-rich source of food for other important species like birds, hedgehogs and frogs. Our underground allies are pretty amazing.
Forty-six million people—14 percent of the US—have toxocariasis, although the CDC says true numbers are higher because people rarely connect eventual blindness with roundworms slithering undetected through the body.
Any worms in your gut will eventually pass out in your poo. You may not notice this. To avoid becoming infected again or infecting others, it's very important during the weeks after starting treatment to wash your hands: after going to the toilet.
After a few weeks, the female pinworms move to the end of the large intestine, and they come out of the body at night to lay their eggs around the anus (where poop comes out). The amount of time that passes from when someone swallows the eggs until the worms lay new eggs is about 1 to 2 months.
Worms are mainly spread in small bits of poo from people with a worm infection. Some are caught from food. You can get infected by: touching objects or surfaces with worm eggs on them – if someone with worms does not wash their hands.
The Deworming Process after a Few Days
You may be surprised to still see live worms in your dog's feces after deworming them, but this is normal. While this can be an unpleasant image, it's actually a good thing — it means the worms are no longer living inside your dog!
Pinworms can usually be treated completely with two doses of over-the-counter medicine called pyrantel pamoate, available in the United States under the brand names Pin-X and Reese's Pinworm Medicine. Take one dose immediately and another dose two weeks later.