Hookworm

  • Treatment

    The goals of treatment are to:

    • Cure the infection
    • Treat complications of anemia
    • Improve nutrition

    Parasite-killing medications such as albendazole, mebendazole or, pyrantel pamoate are usually prescribed. Ivermectin, used for other worm infections, does not work for hookworm infections.

    Symptoms and complications of anemia are treated as they arise. The doctor will likely recommend increasing the amount of protein in your diet.


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    Expectations (prognosis)

    Complete recovery occurs if treatment is given before serious complications develop. The infection is easily eradicated with treatment.


    Complications
    • Anemia
    • Severe protein loss with fluid build-up in the abdomen (ascites)
    • Other nutritional deficiencies

    Calling your health care provider

    Call for an appointment with your health care provider if symptoms of hookworm infection develop.