Worms are parasitic infections often caught from handling or ingesting the larvae or egg stage found in the soil or uncooked meats. The commonest types of parasitic worms caught are threadworm, and less common are the tapeworms and the large intestinal roundworm called Ascariasis.
In tropical and sub-tropical countries it is possible to become infected with hookworms and whipworm's, which can enter the body through the skin particularly the soles of the feet. Treatment is usually by oral drugs which will paralyze the worm and expel it or damage it in such a way that the body can destroy it internally.
The complications with some worm infections are that they can cause intestinal blockages or may travel to other organs such as the lungs and liver and stay dormant there as cysts and cause further damage.
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