Common Helminths and Their Symptoms Quiz

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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?


What is the study of parasitic worms called?


Where do helminths derive their nourishment from?


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  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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

Test your knowledge on common helminths and the problems they cause, such as roundworm infections. Learn about how roundworms hatch and live in the intestines, how they enter the body, and the symptoms they may cause. Explore treatment options for helminth infections.

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