Hookworm infection is caused due to parasites (Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus) affecting your small intestine.

Causes of Hookworm Infection

  • Poor sanitation.
  • Contamination of soil by infected human excreta.
  • Lack of personal hygiene.
  • Walking barefoot may lead to penetration of larvae.
  • Eating contaminated street foods.
  • Consuming fruits and vegetables without proper washing.

Symptoms of Hookworm Infection

  • Pain abdomen.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Low appetite.
  • Nausea and diarrhoea.
  • Itching and skin rashes.
  • Blood in your stools.
  • Anaemia and weakness.
  • Nutritional deficiency leading to weight loss.
  • Protein loss may lead to accumulation of fluid in the abdomen and all over the body.

Ayurvedic Management of Hookworm Infection

  • Include ajwain, garlic, turmeric, asafoetida, pepper in your cooking.
  • Consume bitter vegetables, moringa leaves, papaya and bael fruit regularly.
  • Ayurvedic medicines like Krimi Kuthar rasa, vidanga churna, vidangasava, katuki, pippali, trikatu, triphala hingvastaka churna and neem are effective.
  • Minimise the intake of red meat, curds, milk products, foods prepared out of maida and other flours.

Prevention of Hookworm Infection

  • Improve sanitation in your locality.
  • Avoid walking barefoot.
  • Cook meat well before consuming.
  • Wash your hands well before consuming foods.
  • Trim your nails regularly.
  • Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.