Strongyloidiasis

Strongyloidiasis

Strongyloidiasis is an infection caused by a roundworm. These worms can be found in dirt and other materials with feces. You can catch the infection by direct contact with the infected dirt and feces. The worms enter into your skin. The skin where it enters can become red, itchy, and swollen for a short time. They flow through your blood to your lungs and airways. They move up to your throat and are swallowed into your stomach. When this worm lives in your bowels, it lays eggs there. Some eggs are passed out of your body through your stool. Other worms may come back and enter into the skin around your anus. The skin may become red, itchy, and painful. Some people with this infection have very mild or no signs. You are more likely to be very sick with this worm if you: Are a young child or older adult Are taking steroids Have HTLV-1 virus infection Have problems in the blood like leukemia, lymphoma, or cancer Have an organ transplant Have a serious illness like kidney problems or high blood sugar Have a weak immune system

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