Diseases, Conditions, and Procedures
- AscariasisSource: MedicineNet
A parasite called Ascaris lumbricoides causes ascariasis. Symptoms and signs include abdominal swelling and pain, nausea, vomiting, and passages of parasites in the stool. Read about treatment and see pictures.
- Pinworms in Children and AdultsSource: MedicineNet
Pinworms are the most common worm infection in the U.S. Symptoms include intense anal itching, vaginal itching, irritability, and insomnia. Pinworm infections are spread from person to person by ingesting pinworm eggs that have contaminated fingers, bedding, clothing, or other items.
- What Is Microsporidiosis?Source: MedicineNet
Microsporidiosis is an infection caused by the microsporidia parasite. The disease is uncommon in people with normal immune systems. Symptoms in people with immune deficiency include diarrhea, malabsorption, gallbladder disease, cough, labored breathing, urinary tract infection, bowel perforation and keratoconjunctivitis. Microsporidiosis treatment depends on the site of infection and the species of microsporidia involved.
- Cysticercosis (Pork Tapeworm Infection)Source: MedicineNet
Cysticercosis is an infection caused by eating the eggs of Taenia solium, the pork tapeworm. Read about symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and the life cycle of the parasite.
- Trichinosis Worm InfectionSource: MedicineNet
Trichinosis or trichinellosis is a parasitic infection caused by roundworms and can damage body tissues. Symptoms of trichinosis are diarrhea, heartburn, and nausea that start one or two days after ingestion. About two to eight weeks after ingestion, symptoms are abdominal cramps, swelling around the eyes, itching, fever, joint pain, and chills. Typically, trichinosis food-borne infection is transmitted by eating undercooked pork.
- 17 Essential Drugs at Risk for Price Boost, Analysts SaySource: WebMD Health News
Access is dwindling for many older, off-patent, essential drugs as companies use an emerging strategy to acquire therapies in niche markets where there are few or no alternatives, and then jack up the price.