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What type of worm is this?

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sharry Fri 15-Apr-05 09:56:49

I would appreciate some advise-I have an appointment to c the doc pm, came back from Tenerife-a chap smashed into us on the M56- not sleeping at all well, trying to function- still working etc, but this am bent over to go in the shower and this worm emerged from you know where! It's about 8-9cm long and looks like a garden worm. I have 3 sprogs + DH will we all need treating? was it a tape worm? Did i pick it up on my hols? Frightened of going now. Help!

oatcake Fri 15-Apr-05 09:58:18

sorry to ask, but did you keep the worm to show the doc?

otherwise, I don't have the foggiest! Eugh! Good luck.

sharry Fri 15-Apr-05 09:59:39

Yes oatcake, once over the initial shock put it in a jar.

oatcake Fri 15-Apr-05 10:02:18

please let us know what the doc says. I'm interested in a yucky sort of way...!

treacletart Fri 15-Apr-05 10:05:19

How horrid for you! Googling found this...

"Roundworm look similar to an earthworm and can produce 200,000 eggs a day. Approximately 1,008 million people are infected, making it the most common worldwide. The most frequent symptom from roundworm is upper abdominal discomfort. Other symptoms are asthma, eye pain, insomnia, and rashes due to the secretions or waste products from the worms."

Sounds likely, what with the insomnia too. Id get to a GP as quick as I could, sure they'll be able to sort it.

JanH Fri 15-Apr-05 10:05:53

Certainly sounds like tapeworm, yuck. You get it from eating undercooked infected pork or fish. Good luck, sharry!

fairyfly Fri 15-Apr-05 10:06:55


Im slightly speechless and feel for you

debs26 Fri 15-Apr-05 10:08:43

tape worms can grow up to several metres long! they are absolutely fascinating actually (sorry im doing biology i get excited by these things). they are easily treated by one tablet i think. not sure if every one else will be infected as i think you have to eat the eggs - you can be infected by beef which has not been properly cooked. would definately keep the worm to show doc as there are several types of worm and it might be different treatments for different types. good news is they help you lose weight as they steal your food!!

Beetroot Fri 15-Apr-05 10:10:09

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happymerryberries Fri 15-Apr-05 10:11:15

And I am sorry to tell you that it sounds like part of a tape worm

Stop reading now if you are at all squeemish.

Tape works reportuce via a very complex life cysle. The tape worm head sticks into the walls to the intesting and acts like an anchor. What you have seen is a small segment of worm. the tape worm will detatch segments of itself, which are capable of independent movement. They pass out of the anus and travel out of the body. If ingested by an animal, they will enter it, and complete the second part of it's life cycle. Full size tape works can be 2M pluss in lenght.

Put it in a jar and see your gp!

JanH Fri 15-Apr-05 10:13:07

You can still pick up the eggs elsewhere, beety

debs26 Fri 15-Apr-05 10:15:15

bbc did a fab series called invasion of the body snatchers. a biologist ingested a tapeworm on purpose to study it. its about halfway down the page welcome visitor . there are also a few other interesting nasties on there if anyone is interested!

happymerryberries Fri 15-Apr-05 10:17:59

I show that video to my secodary scinece classes on the last day of term for a treat! It is quite amazing! Also contains footage of the fish that can swim up a human penis that lives in the Amazon! Arresting stuff!

Potty1 Fri 15-Apr-05 10:23:04

I remember that programme - especially the woman with the maggot in her head. She named it and had her toddler wishing it goodnight (and it was still in her head, not in a jar!)

Sharry <<shudder>>- poor you, it doesn't sound very pleasant. Hopefully the treatment will be just a worming tablet and you can forget about it.

sharry Fri 15-Apr-05 10:31:45

Thank you for your reassurance, i was pretty pathetic, wailing and weeping 'i'm so scared'Thankfully no one in the house, mumsnet to the rescue! I'll keep you posted as to the Gp's advise-Thankx

JanH Fri 15-Apr-05 10:33:31

sharry, not pathetic at all - I would probably have screamed and thrown up or fainted or something!!!

debs26 Fri 15-Apr-05 10:34:04

cant say i blame you sharry, i might fing them fascinating but that doesnt mean i woulddbe happy to get one. dont think there are any worms that are really a problem to get rid of so you will be fine as soon as you have been to gp

happymerryberries Fri 15-Apr-05 10:39:57

There are lots of good treatments for this type of worm. For some reason worms seems worse that nits don't they? Totaly irrational, but I hate the damn things. Ds had thread worms and it was horrid, but easlily treated.

sharry Fri 15-Apr-05 10:41:23

Mum used to say that you got them from raw meat, or blue bottles if that is the case then i must have got it on holiday as there are no blue bottles out in the NW of Eng yet-or could it be that they have been inside me since last year?

debs26 Fri 15-Apr-05 10:44:23

think you would have noticed if it had been there since last year. as hmb said, the worms shed bits of themselves which they hope will then be eaten so they can infect another animal. these bits still wriggle. was yours wriggly or dead? if it was dead it is possible that this was a young worm that died on its own and has fallen of the gut wall

foxinsocks Fri 15-Apr-05 10:45:21

I feel for you sharry....I have had worms several times when I lived in parts of Africa (we had to deworm every year as a matter of course!)

lucky you saw it really otherwise you may have been none the wiser. Depending on the worm, it can make you lose weight (cos it's munching all your nosh), can make you anaemic, makes you feel tired, stomach pains etc....

well done for keeping the worm, I think you deserve a medal for that! The docs may send it off but they're all treatable so shouldn't be a major problem. If it is tape worm, you may find you're passing a few more so be prepared.

sharry Fri 15-Apr-05 10:46:04

Fairyfly just looked at the link you sent, and i have been taking omega 3 fish oils and vit E plus co-emzne Q10 for approx 4 months now? could this be a link?

sharry Fri 15-Apr-05 10:47:54

Yes Debs, it was wriggly in a snake like way, not a curly worm way- if that makes any sense!

foxinsocks Fri 15-Apr-05 10:48:45

was it quite flat or was it rounder?

sharry Fri 15-Apr-05 10:50:53

It was roud foxinsock-paler than a garden worm but very similar! very clean i presumed they would be covered in goo, but no!

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