What is the treatment of intestinal parasites?

Most intestinal parasites can be effectively treated with oral mebendazole or albendazole. Some require a single dose (roundworms, whipworms and pinworms) but others need a daily dose for a number of days (tapeworms). Giardia and Amoeba infections should be treated with metronidazole (Flagyl).

Regular treatment of children (e.g. deworming for roundworms) is advised for some intestinal parasites in communities where they are common.

It is important that parents are aware of the clinical features of infection with intestinal parasites and can recognise the worms if they are seen.

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