Common Helminths and Their Symptoms Quiz
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Common Helminths and Their Symptoms Quiz

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Questions and Answers

What is the main characteristic of a helminth?

Derived its nourishment from the host

How do helminth eggs typically enter the body of a human?

Through the mouth, nose, and anus

Where do helminth eggs usually lodge once inside the body?

Intestines

What is the study of parasitic worms called?

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Where do helminths derive their nourishment from?

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Study Notes

Roundworms

  • Live in the intestines
  • Eggs enter the body through contaminated water, food, fingers, and hands that have touched a contaminated object
  • Symptoms: fatigue, weight loss, irritability, poor appetite, abdominal pain, and diarrhea
  • Treatment with medication results in cure

Pinworms

  • Cause symptoms such as anal itching, pale skin, and stomach discomfort
  • Can enter the vagina, causing discharge and itching
  • Do not cause serious complications
  • Treatment with medication results in a cure within days

Trichina Spiralis (Trichinosis)

  • Lives in the intestines
  • Eggs enter the body via raw or undercooked pork, sausage, or bear meat
  • Eggs hatch, mature, and migrate to other parts of the body through the bloodstream and lymphatic system
  • Symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, high fever, puffiness of the face, and muscle pain

Tapeworms

  • Live in the intestines
  • Eggs enter the body via raw or uncooked beef
  • Symptoms are usually absent, but can include abdominal pain, fatigue, weight loss, and diarrhea
  • Treatment with medication results in cure

Flukes

  • Live in different locations in the body, including intestines, bladder, rectum, liver, spleen, lungs, and veins
  • Mature inside freshwater snails and enter the body by penetrating the skin
  • Can cause various symptoms depending on the location in the body

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