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Yes, There are Worms that Can Live in the Human Stomach

We received a question from a curious woman who is wondering if there are worms that can live in our stomachs. We are sorry to tell her that there are, indeed, worms that can live in our stomachs. As always, we would like to remind our readers that we at All About Worms are not doctors. We never attempt to diagnose or treat any illness or parasitic infection. Anyone concerned about their health should visit a doctor.It seems that our stomach's acidic atmosphere would prevent worms from living there. However, nature is resourceful. If there is a place where food is available, it is likely that some sort of creature has evolved to live there. What better location than a stomach, where the food comes to you?For example, there is the Anisakis worm. These are nematodes (round worms) which Continue reading [...]
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Will Tiny Worms In Terrarium Kill Plants?

Our reader has begun an eternity terrarium (pictured), and after three days has started seeing white, threadlike worms in the soil. The soil looks like yard or garden soil, which widens the search, but we think the soil introduced nematodes or nematomorpha-- young horsehair worms. Alongside nematodes, garden soil plays host to a near-limitless number of invertebrates and micro-organisms including bacteria, fungi, protozoans and algal forms. Each can contribute fundamentally to the recycling of organic matter into topsoil with the vital nutrients that plants need to grow. It’s estimated that as many as a billion of these micro-organisms reside in a single gram of soil. Eggs and tiny larvae can hitch-hike in with these microorganisms, on unwashed rocks and shells, or any other backyard Continue reading [...]

Worms that Cause Pimples on Head

We recently heard from a reader about her son. We are pretty sure we have been contacted by this reader before, and perhaps even answered a similar question, but we are happy to clarify. She explained that her son had some itchy pimples on his scalp. Thinking they were boils, she squeezed them. A month later she treated him for worm and the pimples disappeared. She wonders what kind of worm this was. Continue reading [...]
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Worms in Your Belly Button (Navel)

A reader wrote us a couple of days ago with an interesting and distressing question. She reports that her "belly button is a little big," and that sometimes she has "worm like movements" in her belly button. She says this "makes it hard and paralyses me," and also that it's "like a battle is going on in there." Understandably, she wants to know how to address the worms in her belly button - or, technically, the worm-like movements in the area of her belly button - as she has been dealing with the problem for years. What's going here? Continue reading [...]
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Immiticide Heartworm Medicine Shortage: 2012 Update

Those who own or have treated dogs infected with heartworm have been waiting for an update on the 2011/2012 Immiticide shortage. The veterinary profession went into a near panic when drug giant Merial, makers of the only canine heartworm treatment on the market, Immiticide, announced in August of 2011 that they had to temporarily halt distribution of the drug for several weeks to several months. Citing a “technical issue in the plant,” the company went on to say that their inventory of Immiticide was depleted and that veterinarians should work on alternative protocols for treating and managing heartworm disease, such as a combination of steroids, antihistamines and preventative heartworm medication. Continue reading [...]

Help! My Cat Threw Up Two Tapeworms

Symptoms of worm infections are similar regardless of the worm that has infected the cat or kitten. The only way to be 100% sure of the types of worms infecting your animal is to provide a stool sample to your local veterinarian for testing. Continue reading [...]
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