10 Symptoms of Hookworms in Humans

By carolynne
Reviewed: dr. vanta
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Gastrointestinal Pain

If the infection isn't controlled during the rash phase, some individuals might experience painful symptoms throughout the body. This generally happens when the parasite load increases. One of the most commonly reported symptoms by adults with hookworms is abdominal pain.

Types of gastrointestinal symptoms caused by hookworms can include cramping stomach pain, feeling bloated, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. To get rid of the infection, individuals might require strong medication or removal of the parasites via endoscopy.


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