Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hookworm Infection Overview

What is a hookworm infection?
A person with a hookworm infection has an infestation of roundworms about 0.5 inch long that affect the small intestines and the lungs. Hookworm infections are acquired through the skin after exposure to larvae in the soil that is contaminated by human feces.

What are the symptoms of a hookworm infection?
The symptoms of a hookworm infection depend on the severity of the infestation. Some will have no symptoms at all. Symptoms of hookworm infection include blood in the stool, diarrhea, fever, flatulence, itchy rash, nausea and vomiting, and abdominal discomfort. Severe infection may produce pneumonia symptoms such as cough, fever, and malaise.

How does the doctor treat a hookworm infection?
The treatment of a hookworm infection includes medications to kill the parasites.

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Last Updated: Oct 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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