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Bloody stools? – Whipworm Symptoms Checker

 

Trichuriasis is a disease because of Trichuris trichiura (also known as whipworm) infection in the colon. This disease is widespread worldwide and exists in the United States.

A parasite is an organism that requires or benefits from another one in order to live, mostly by living in or on that other organism (host) and acquiring its food from or due to its host. Parasites have a rough division into three main classes, such as protozoa, ectoparasites, and helminths. The latter class is the one in which Trichuris trichiura (or whipworm) falls in.

Helminths are organisms composed of more than two cells. Therefore, they basically constitute the parasites that when they reach their adult form, most often than not, humans can see them with the naked eye. This class of parasites also has its division into platyhelminths, acanthocephalins, and nematodes (roundworms).

Moreover, Trichuris trichiura is a roundworm or nematode due to its characteristic shape and composition. Several other roundworms also exist, and people commonly know them, such as ascariasis (Ascaris lumbricoides) or pinworm infection (Enterobius vermicularis), and others.

Trichuriasis is a disease that manifests within the intestines because this parasite lives in the human gut. Hence, Trichuris trichiura is an intestinal parasite. People with trichuriasis expel the parasite’s eggs in their stools. If those eggs reach the soil for whatever reason, they could mature and change to another form of the worm. This latter form can infect other people if they ingest those eggs; it is how people acquire the infection.

These eggs in human feces can reach the soil when people defecate outside their houses in the ground or use human feces as fertilizer. Then, people can ingest eggs due to inadequate hygiene measures. This situation includes when people with hands contaminated by the dirt with the eggs touch their mouth. Another infection source is eating vegetables or fruits without prevention measures, such as washing, peeling, or cooking the food.

This tool is a Whipworm Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors of trichuriasis.

People with this infection usually have no symptoms. That is to say, that it is possible to carry this parasite in the gut and manifest no symptom at all. Still, people (mostly children) with a large number of parasites in their intestines can indeed manifest symptoms.

Besides, trichuriasis could prompt complications, such as slow growth or impaired cognitive development in children, and rectal prolapse, among others. The way doctors diagnose this disease is very straightforward by a stool examination looking for Trichuris’ eggs. The treatment is also readily available and effective in eliminating the parasite. Therefore, there is no excuse to have this disease anymore.

Sadly, this is still the third most common roundworm infection in humans. The estimation is that worldwide there are more or less 700,000 million cases of this disease. In the United States, its presence is more common in the southern states.

Keep in mind that this tool does not replace an adequate assessment by a doctor or a stool examination, which is necessary for diagnosing trichuriasis. This disease also tends to manifest no symptoms. So, it is possible to have the infection even though someone feels fine.

Still, the tool will have questions that aim to tell whoever uses it the likelihood of their symptoms because of trichuriasis. The tool will also tell if somebody has a higher risk of developing this disease. Using this tool is free and would only take a few minutes.

 

 

  • Question of

    Do you are a male?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you have less than ten years?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you live in a rural area of a southern state in the United States?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you tend to wash, peel, or cook fruits or vegetables before consuming them?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you wash your hands before eating and cooking (or manipulating) food?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you defecate outside your house? (For example, near bushes, in a garden or a field)

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you or anyone in your household has been diagnosed in the past with another nematode (roundworm), such as ascariasis or hookworm?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Did you travel overseas within the last year? (Click yes if it was a tropical or developing country, such as in tropical and subtropical areas of Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, or the Americas)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Are you a recent migrant in the United States? (Click yes if you have less than 1 year in the country)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have loose stools mostly at night?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do these stools smell worse than usual?

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you have abdominal pain or discomfort very often?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have loose stools with mucus or blood (reddish color)?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do these bowel movements result painful?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do your skin is now paler, and do you feel fatigued all the time?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Does your rectum is coming out through your anus? (It will feel like a bulge outside your anus or seeing a red mass outside your anal opening)

    • Yes
    • No
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    Do you feel that your child in question has not gained sufficient weight or has loosed weight from one year till now?

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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