Is Worm in Toilet Roundworm?

A reader recently reached out to us because of a worm he found in his toilet. He didn’t clarify if he found the worm after he (or someone else in his household) used the toilet, or if he lifted the lid and was greeted by the creature already swimming around. He asked, “Is this a roundworm or something else?”


ATTENTION: GET PARASITE HELP NOW! At All About Worms we get a lot of questions about skin parasites, blood parasites, and intestinal parasites in humans. Because we can't diagnose you, we have put together this list of doctors and labs who understand and specialize in dealing with parasites in humans! That resource is HERE

Based on the photograph, we can see that the specimen is 1-2 inches long and dark brown. Our first thought is that this might be an earthworm. Earthworms are probably the most common worm that readers find in their toilets. We still haven’t cracked the code on exactly how they end up in toilet bowls, but we think it might have to do with sneaking in through a crack in the pipes. So, is this an earthworm? Let’s take a closer look:

While the color of this worm is similar to that of an earthworm, we don’t believe this is an earthworm. This creature doesn’t have a segmented body or a clitellum, both of which are characteristics of earthworms. Now that we have a better view of the specimen, we think that our reader might be right, this could be a roundworm. Like the specimen in the photograph, roundworms have smooth, symmetrical bodies with tapered ends.

No Paywall Here!
All About Worms is and always has been a free resource. We don't hide our articles behind a paywall, or make you give us your email address, or restrict the number of articles you can read in a month if you don't give us money. That said, it does cost us money to pay our research authors, and to run and maintain the site, so if something you read here was helpful or useful, won't you consider donating something to help keep All About Worms free?
Click for amount options
Other Amount:

Roundworms are parasites that feed and reproduce in the gut. A roundworm infection can occur if you swallow the microscopic ascaris eggs in contaminated food or water, or if you accidentally touch your mouth with your hands after handling contaminated soil. Although roundworms are parasites, most people don’t experience any of the severe symptoms associated with parasites, and only realize they have roundworms when they see an organism in their stool. Our reader didn’t mention any symptoms, but since he did find this worm in his toilet, we think it would be best that he see a doctor about this mysterious worm. We aren’t 100% sure that he is dealing with a parasitic roundworm, but a doctor will be able to either confirm or deny this and be qualified to diagnose and/or treat our reader if necessary. Since we aren’t licensed medical professionals, we can’t offer medical advice of any kind.

To wrap up, a reader sent us a photograph of a brown worm he found swimming in his toilet. We think this might be a roundworm, which is a parasitic worm that lives in the gut. However, since we aren’t medical professionals, we encourage our reader to see a doctor as soon as possible to weigh in on the matter. We wish our reader the best of luck and good health!

Summary
Is Worm in Toilet Roundworm?
Article Name
Is Worm in Toilet Roundworm?
Description
A reader sent us a photograph of a brown worm he found swimming in his toilet. We think this might be a roundworm, which is a parasitic worm that lives in the gut. However, since we aren't medical professionals, we encourage our reader to see a doctor as soon as possible to weigh in on the matter.
Author
Share:

Author: Worm Researcher Dori

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *