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Symptoms

If you are infected with the worms, you might not have or notice any symptoms. Symptoms of larvae in your intestines include

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Tiredness

A week after you are infected, larvae enter your muscle tissue and can cause these symptoms:

  • Muscle aches and pains
  • High fever
  • Swelling in your eyes and face
  • Eye infection (conjunctivitis, or pink eye)
  • Rashes

Being infected by a large number of parasites can cause serious problems affecting your heart, breathing, and coordination.

 

Except in severe cases, symptoms usually go away within a few months. Mild pain and fatigue, however, may last for many months.

Last Updated June 20, 2013