1. Pancreatitis: Unfortunately the worms could also block the outflow of digestive juices from an organ called the pancreas causing a terrible response as the pancreas digests itself. The cardinal complaint is Abdominal pain — dull, boring, and steady; usually sudden in onset and gradually becoming more severe until reaching a constant ache; most often located in the upper part and may radiate directly through to the back. Others are vomiting, loss of appetite and loose stools. Very unpleasant condition. Did I add that a chronic form of this complication could lead to Diabetes? Well, it can.
2. Appendicitis: This condition needs no introduction. Suffice it to say that the lack of a GPS allows the blind worm to obstruct the appendix (a small blind ending tube) precipitating an infection of this blind tube, which could burst. Pain that starts around the belly button and gradually shifts to the right lower part of the tummy is classic.
3. Growth retardation: Heavy infestation with worms is frequently associated with stunted growth, severe malnutrition like Kwashiorkor and poor weight gain in children. What do you expect when the worms eat up the nutrients meant for the poor child.
4. Vitamin deficiencies: A heavy worm burden could become complicated by deficiency of not only major nutrients but vitamins as well. Sufferers could develop night blindness, softening and scarring of part of the eyes leading to blindness. They could also develop profuse bleeding from the gums. The eye problems arise from a lack of Vitamin A, while the bleeding is due to severe lack of Vitamin C. These are the two vitamins most affected by worm infestation.
5. Itching in the butt: This is often caused by a perverted worm called the pin worm, at least it’s a more common cause than a tumour of the anus. The male and female worms take a trip at night to the garden of love in your anus, mate and lay their eggs in your anus causing crazy itching and when you accidentally scratch and fail to wash your hands, Boom! You reinfect yourself. Ingenious right?
6. Protrusion of the large intestine: Medically, we call this a rectal prolapse. The lower part of the child’s large intestine and anus turns inside out and protrudes after every toilet visit. The whipworm is the chief henchman for this particular gig.
Now that we know 6 more complications intestinal worms could cause, Let’s try to deworm ourselves regularly to prevent them from happening.