Worms In Humans Symptoms, Treatment & Pictures

Know human intestine worms, their symptoms and treatment. Also worm types (pinworms, thread worm, tape worm, hook worm, whip worm), pictures, symptoms, prevention and treatment in human including children are given, (see pictures of worms in human below.).

Parasites & Worms in Intestine | Types of Worms | Human Worms Symptoms | Human Worms treatment & cure | Regeneration of Worms | Worms in Children

Millions of people are infected by the parasite worms worldwide. More than 100 types of parasites worms can be living happily in human bodies including in feces. Only about 5 percent of these varieties can be tested positively with only 20 percent accuracy.

The most common worms living in human intestine as parasites are roundworm, pinworm, threadworm,tapeworm, hookworm, whipworm, ascaris worm, etc.

Some human worms or parasites are big in size that can be seen by eyes, while the others are microscopic in size. Worms in human can range from tiny amoebas which are visible only under a microscope, to tapeworms 3 - 30 feet in length. Don't think that parasites are present only in stomach and digestive tract, but they can inhabit in the bloodstream, muscle tissue, brain and the heart and other organs.

How Parasites Infest People?

Parasites can enter our bodies through food, water, mosquito bites, or through the nose and skin.

Pinworm eggs can enter our mouth by fingers, clothing and bed linen.

Parasite worms find a perfectly living environment when the bowel becomes ineffective in the elimination of the waste products due to constipation.

Types of Worms

Parasites may be categorized into four types: Protozoa, Trematoda, Cestoda and Nematoda. Nematodes include common roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, pinworm, heart worm, etc.

The following table gives details of different types of common worms parasites in human body along with their pictures.


Round worms are common, approximately 1000 million people are infected worldwide with round worms.

Round worms can be up to 15 inch long, 200 000 eggs a day.

Round worms can cause pain in upper abdominal, asthma, eye pain, insomnia, rashes.

They can cause blockages in the intestinal tract, loss of appetite, appendicitis, abscesses in the liver, etc.

Ascaris worm

Ascaris is an intestinal parasite of humans which is the most common human worm infection. Adults of Ascaris lumbricoides are large roundworms,15-31 cm long with a curved tail (see the picture), while females are 20-35 cm long with a straightened tail. Ascaris hardly moves. It simply lies still in the organs absorbing nutrients.

Probabily all dogs and cats have it and all humans have it from time to time. The human ascaris is Ascaris lumbricoides, pigs have Ascaris suum, horses have Ascaris megalocephala.

worms in human - Roundworm, Ascaris worm, Hookworm, Whipworm, Tapeworm

Pictures of Worms - Roundworm, Ascaris worm, Hookworm, Whipworm, Tapeworm

Ascariasis is caused by ingesting infective eggs. This can happen when contaminated fingers are put in the mouth or by eating vegetables and fruits that have not been carefully washed and cooked.

There are usually no symptoms of ascaris. Heavy infections can cause intestinal blockage and stop growth in children.

Ascariasis is diagnosed by examining a stool sample. Medications can get rid of these worms in1-3 days.

Hook worm

Hookworms can be up to 1/2 inch long.

Hook worms feed on patient's blood.

The symptoms of hook worms include abdominal pain, loss of appetite, craving to eat soil, iron and protein deficiency, dry skin and hair, skin irritations, delayed puberty, mental dullness, etc. In acute cases it can cause cardiac failure and death.

Pinworm or Threadworm (Enterobius vermicularis)

Pin worms or Threadworms are the most common worm, common in children, about 500 million are infected worldwide.

Pin worms are up to 1/2 inch long. They lay about 15 000 eggs per day at outer of anus.

The symptoms of pinworms include itching and irritation of the anus or vagina, digestive disorders, insomnia, irritation or nervousness. The worms come out of the anal opening to lay eggs at night. The eggs can pass to others through air or by contact with infected food. The eggs are not affected by disinfectants. It passes from person to person. The eggs can be passed by direct contact, or through sharing of food, toys, etc.


Whipworm (Trichuris trichiura) is an intestinal parasite having whip-like shape. Whipworm is 1 to 2 inches long. Several hundred million people are infected world wide with whip worms. Humans can catch whipworm when contaminated fingers are put in the mouth, or by consuming foods that have not been carefully washed and cooked.

People lightly infected usually have no symptoms. The symptoms of heavy infections of whipworms are bloody stools, pain in the lower abdomen, weight loss, nausea and anemia. In children, heavy infection may be retard their growth and development.

Whipworm infections can be treated with medication in 1-3 days.


Tapeworms are flat and ribbon-like and can grow up to 35 feet long. They lay million eggs per day. Tapeworm infections are most commonly in developing countries.

Humans can catch tapeworm by eating food or drinking water containing traces of contaminated faeces, touching contaminated stools and then placing hands near the mouth, or eating raw contaminated fish, beef or pork.

There are usually no symptoms of tapeworm. They are detected in the stool sample, you may see segments of the worm in your stools.

The infected person may have dizziness, vomiting, hunger or loss of appetite or weight loss.

To prevent tapeworm infection, vegetables and fruit should be washed thoroughly before they are eaten. Raw meat and fish must be stored and cooked.

Symptoms of worms in human body

The following are the symptoms of worms in human body. Note that these symptoms of parasites may be due to other reasons.

  1. Extreme skin rashes with blisters
  2. Food allergies or sensitivities
  3. Anemia due to blood loss
  4. Iron deficiency
  5. Constipation
  6. Gas and stomach bloating
  7. Fatigue, tiredness, depression and a lack of concentration.
  8. Nervousness, anxiety and restlessness.

Symptoms of Worms in Children

Most small children and toddlers have thread worms in their bottoms which affect their daily activities. The following are the symptoms of worms in children. Note that these symptoms may be due to other reasons.

  1. Itichi bottom. Itchy feeling around anus, inflammation of the vagina in girls and women. Want to scratch their bottom, trying to take their nappy off.
    See threadworms, a 1cm thread-like worm, in child's stools.
  2. Blisters on the inside of the lower lip
  3. Restlessness at night
  4. Grinding of the teeth at night
  5. Dark circles under the eyes
  6. Hyperactive
  7. Bed wetting
  8. Headaches, sensitive to light, twitching eyelid,
  9. Gum, rectum, or nose bleeding

Home Remedis and Treatment of Parasites

Bed linens and garments of the person infected with pinworms must be washed thoroughly. It spreads to others.

  1. Cleanliness is the key to avoid worms. Make it a routine that no one eats without washing their hands with soap.
  2. Wash all clothes, linen and towels with hot water.
  3. Clean the bottom and the vaginal area of the child with a cotton bud and wash with soap and apply vaseline.
  4. Take 1/2 tsp of powdered fenugreek seeds (dana methi)with water for a few days.
  5. Take ozonated olive oil 3 tablespoon in the morning to control tapeworm larvae and Ascaris eggs.
  6. Eat a few tomatoes in the morning empty stomach to throw out the worms.
  7. Eat cranberries or papayas (paw paw) frequently. Fasting on raw pineapples for three days kills tapeworm. Cranberries, papaya and fresh pineapple contain enzymes that are anti-parasitic.
  8. Fry 5-10 seeds of bitter melon (Karela ) in a little ghee. Take 2-3 times a day.
  9. Use cloves with every meal. It will help kill the eggs from parasites in the intestinal tract.
  10. Pumpkin seeds and onions mixed with soy milk is a good remedy for worms.
  11. For pinworms, eat bitter melon (bitter gourd, karela).
  12. Drink 2 tsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water to prevent worms.
  13. Eat only raw pineapples for three days to kill tapeworms.
  14. The most effective treatment in the large intestine is to cleanse the colon with ozonated water and hydrogen peroxide by colonic irrigation.
  15. Herbal Remedy: Herbal remedies work best on an empty stomach.
    Take tincture of garlic, pomegranate or pumpkin seeds to treat worms conditions.

Do Worms Regenerate After Being Cut In Half?

Depends what you mean by worm. The word 'worm' actually applies to a number of phyla of invertebrate animals, including the Annelids (earthworms, polychaetes, leeches), Platyhelminthes (flatworms, tapeworms), Nematodes(roundworms) and Nemerteans (ribbon worms).

The common earthworm seen in the garden will not survive if cut into two, unlike a starfish, which is capable of regeneration. If you cut the tail of an earthworm, the head section can still continue to live. Starfish can grow a replacement arm if it is cut, or can grow the entire body if only one arm is left.

Many free-living non-parasitic worms are capable of regenerating, so they can result in two clones if cut in half.


  1. Prevention and Control of Intestinal Parasitic Infections. World Health Organization, Technical Report Series 749, //whqlibdoc.who.int/trs/WHO_TRS_749.pdf
  2. Crompton, D.W.T. , Human Nutrition and Parasitic Infection. Cambridge University Press, 1993.
  3. Eat worms - feel better, BBC News. 3 December 2003, //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_News

Your Comments

jabulani, August 28th, 2016
I have tapeworm inside my stomach and felling pain everyday please help
Claire, April 20th, 2016
I have had intestinal parasites, in the past. So I know what they feel like. I think I have them again as I feel like there is some wriggling going on around my anus. My abdomen is also large and feels like the upper side is in my ribs. This is new. I am going to use Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth for 3 days, with lots of water and other liquids, like I did the last time. The DE cuts into the exoskeleton killing them from outside in, which starves them. They and built up feces, that clings to the walls of the intestines, are then removed through my waste system. That is what cleared the parasites up before.
Tina,February 12th, 2016
I always hearing a noise and movement inside my stomach. At times the worm blocked my anus when if I want to pass feaces and very painful, even to sit down is also painful. At times I can't stand straight. Plz can a worm eats up developing feotus in the womb?
Admin:  I think no, because it is safe in womb.
shivani, October 20th, 2015
I have worms in my stomach which are white in color.... and 2-3inch long..but I can't recognize them...what kind of are they??
Admin:  Get your stool test to find out the types of worms.
Jack Hornburg (85 years old), September 28th, 2015
I am having little white eggs in my stools. The critters are in two basic shapes: One type has has claws on one end. The other has a snout curving down and inserts very small eggs into the rugs in areas. Some of these little critters get inside of carpet fuzz surrounding
them. it looks like a little cocoon on top of rugs and/or carpets. they small epps (GEnerally white are in large. clusters at anus. Are they sapping any of my strength for their meals and habitation.
K Dhanasekaran, April 20th, 2015
I am having a itching feeling in my bowl in the morning. I think it is caused by stomach worm.
Admin:  Please have your stool tested for worms. Most probably you are having worms.
Mary, March 12th, 2015
I am also going through the horror of finding some type of worm in my stool and trying to get help. I have a colonoscopy tomorrow with gastrointestinal dr. and I'm going to take 2 samples to show him. My pop had me take a stool sample in that checked for parasites but it came back negative. I am really interested in hearing more from Jacqui as I have indentions and lumps on my head as well. I would love to chat about this strange condition we're in. I am having a hard time with medical staff so far but hoping it gets better.
Bambie Schumacher,  2:08am on Monday, January 12th, 2015
I am infested with three types of cockroaches and have been for about eight months. My symptom's are bed ridden for about four months ago exstreem abdominal pain vomiting bile high blood pressure rapid weight loss of appetite, weakness, head ache, etc.
tim,  10:26pm on Thursday, November 27th, 2014
I am having a serious problem here, ive been seeing worms in my stools, each stool contains multiple long worms. its utterly disgusting thinking about it and want to throw up, ive been puking up these red 1 inch slivers that are about half inch width and very wide and not thick, they could be tapeworm but i dont know, but recently ive also red thing ive vommited, .....
Admin:  You have a serious problem with parasites. Please consult a good Doctor.
David Harris,  October 26th, 2014
I am infested and constantly feeling tortured by some kind of parasite. Nothing is alleviating my misery and discomfort. They are under my skin, eyes, nose, ears, hands, feet, head to toe. Please tell me how to treat and rid myself of these worms. I cannot function under these circumstances and desperately need help. Please tell me what to do.
Lynn Johnson, October 25th, 2014
on my arms I have something that looks like human hair sticking straight out of my arms mixed in with my hair and it feels like somethings crawling on me when trying to pull out the hairs they're very hard to pull out and I'm everywhere that I have hair all over my body and I get these big blisters in the heart to heal stay in a month and a half so far for them to heal and then I have white with eggs like looks like little white eggs on me thanks I'll come out my skin sometimes like if I rub my back .please please help
don,Friday, August 29th, 2014
I have little worm from arm.
Sandefur, October 27th, 2013
my husband has worms under his skin on his arm. He removed one a while ago, now he sees another one under the skin on his arm. He is 80 yrs. old, has lost a lot of weight,went from 165 to 149 very quickly, is very tired. His arm itches a lot. What should or can he do? Please help?
Jacqui Murphy, April 24th, 2013
For the last 12 months I have been having problems with 2 different kind of worms in my stool and under my skin. I also have lumps on my head which seem to be making indentations, making channels going up to the crown which has a soft den ,as if these things are eating their way down to my skull. Been to my GP but, to know avail !!!
TIMLEE, April 15th, 2013
I have worms coming out corner of eyes sit inside be in nose, ears, mouth, scalp cut hair off itching so bad. In hands and bottom of feet they jump and go thru hands are other areas near, Anus and private parts affected have been a year the emergency room tried to counsel me mentally in home town, went to bigger hospital which covers Iowa Care they did same thing after showing them videos and pics captured. They bigger and worse a year later My hometown hospital gave me one pill amoexan something days later worse and gave medicine said pink eye it made them multiply I'm without proper treatment everywhere think I'm nuts. Mentally I'm getting there it is gross and nasty I'm OCD clean but losing this battle I've been just coping waiting on the end if that what occurs. Help I see them now in air everywhere I SCRATCH I FEEL THEM ENTER HANDS AND FINGERS. ANY BODY PLEASE HELP!
Breanna, March 9th, 2013
I am 11 weeks pregnant and I have been having problems going to the bathroom. My Obyg told me to get an enema and take that which I did and the only thing that came out was a whole bunch of mucus and a long tan flatish string looking thing which I am pretty sure it is a worm, either tape or round. What does it sound like to you? Also i still have not been able to go to the bathroom in two weeks now.
Admin:  It could be roundworm. You should not stop the urge to go to bathroom.
Howard,  February 8th, 2013
I passed a long six inch worm which was still alive many years ago. i have no real bowel complaints but have had mny other health issues for the last 20 years can this be related ?

Abie Suluku, February 1st, 2013
Did not see any information about Ascaris worm and that is what my doctor told me.
Admin:  Ascaris worm is estimated to infect 1 billion people worldwide. Its infection or infestation usually occurs where sanitation is poor and where raw or improperly treated human sewage is used to irrigate or fertilize crops. An adult Ascaris worm is 20 to 40 cm long. A female Ascaris worm can produce 240,000 eggs a day.
santosh thakre, January 18th, 2013
My 6 year son suffering from anal itch (kujali)at every evening to all night. kindly suggest to treatment and what we do?
Admin:  It is definitely the case of worms. Give him a course of worm treatment after consulting a Doctor.
Paul prado, January 4th, 2013
I don't have any problem about my body or any symptoms that can harm me by the parasites. I am curious about some weird movement from the different part my body. It seems that something inside my body, it moves live something
is vibrating. Is this possibly a line of parasites?
viresh goel, December 26th, 2012
I have a problem that there some internal parasite in my stomach. I can mostly able to watch them in sunlight. They are creating the mess in my stomach, please tell me how to get rid of this problem ayurvedically.
Kile, November 27th, 2012
My stomach hurts around the belly button. I just gto a fever and I have had a headache for three days.
Admin:  The pain may be due to worms or gas. Please consult your doctor.
Holly, November 22nd, 2012
I have had the same thing on my face for 3 yrs, 12 dermatologists no answers yet.

Terry, November 13th, 2012
I feel dizzy, feel like to vomit anytime and very weak, my body is also hot.
Admin:  These may be the symptoms of worms.
Albert,  November 7th, 2012
About four weeks ago I had a cracked lip which turned into a sore in the corner of my mouth. My general doctor put me on an anti fungal medication, but that did not help at all. After a week of that he refered me to a dermatologist he told me that he thought the sore was from dueling when I slept, and prescribed me a steroid cream. After two weeks of that I woke up to find that the problem had spread into my mouth as well as my nose. I returned to the Doctor, he did a biopsy of the sore, but it will be a week until I get some answers, hopefully.
This sore as well as the crack in my nose and the patter lines in my mouth have me very concerned to say the least. I will tell you, what ever this is what I am about to say sounds crazy to me also. Within this sore there are what look like a worm to be in, the outside of I will call a foreign object, is very hard, similar to a shell like animal, and are connected just under the skin with some barb like hooks, I have tried to pull one of the foreign objects out with no luck, and way to painful. I have been able to get through the outside of one of these things, in the center it has a thin rubber band like core, which is very tough. After trying a number of times to break it using tweezers I was able to break it, a whole lot of blood followed. I understand what you are thinking, this guy is pulling at his veins and causing himself to bleed. Let me assure you, I am trained in the medical filed, and am in no way deep enough for that to occur. At the dermatologist office, six doctors are baffled and do not have a clue to what this could be. Does anyone have a clue to just what this could be?
Roldan Drilon, October 21st, 2012
I just want to know I have checked all different kinds of worms in google even the pictures but still I cannot find what kind of worms I have right now. Please give me idea I am very afraid they are very small on my rectum and are white but I am not so sure it really looks worms but when I tried to touch and remove them I cannot. It stick like they are under the skin of my rectum. I think they are moving also please let me know what I am going to do or just give medicine that I can buy over the counter. Thanks and God Bless !
Admin:  It looks, you are having pin worms, also known as thread worms. They are tiny in size and lay about 15000 eggs in the per night at outer anus area. You have itching in that area. Please read the symptoms of these worms on this page.
Most pinworm infections are cured with medicine. Go to the pharmacy and buy its medicine. A second dose will be needed, after 2 weeks to kill any worms that may have hatched from eggs after the initial treatment.

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Disclaimer: Please note that the home remedies for human parasites are only for minor common symptoms and should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. You should not rely on these remedies. Always consult your Doctor for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. You should also avoid using any of these remedies if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. The writer of this article or fatfreekitchen.com is not responsible in any manner.

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