Tape Worm Infections – Fish

Symptoms: 

Most people who are infected have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they may include:

  • Abdominal discomfort or pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach cramps
Tests to diagnose: 

Blood test is done to diagnose the parasite.

Treatment: 

Fish tapeworm infections are usually unnoticeable, but you probably don’t want tapeworms wiggling around inside your guts. No one likes a freeloader.

Thankfully, fish tapeworm infections can be treated with a single dose of medication without any lasting problems.

There are two main treatments for tapeworm infections: praziquanta and niclosamide.

Praziquantal (Bilitricide) is used to treat different kinds of worm infections. It causes severe spasms in the worm’s muscles so it can be passed through the stool.

Niclosamide is prescribed specifically for tapeworm infections and kills the worm on contact. The dead worm is later passed through the stool.