One out of five people have
hook worms and don't even know it. The larvae
enter the blood stream through the soft skin between
the toes and make their way to the lining of the
small intestine via the lungs and air passages.
This disorder is known to cause both physical
and mental retardation in children. To safeguard
against hookworm avoid walking barefoot.
An itchy skin irritation at penetration stage.
Coughing, wheezing, fatigue, loss of appetite
and sputum tinged with blood are sure signs that
hookworms have reached the lungs. Diarrhoea and
abdominal pain with eggs in the faeces signifies
hookworms in the small intestine. A large number
of them at a time can cause intestinal obstruction.
A number of antiparasitic drugs are available.
In addition, oral iron preparations may be required
to treat anaemia.
Check with your doctor first.