Treatments for Hookworm


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Treatment list for Hookworm: The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Hookworm includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

Treatments of Hookworm discussion: In countries where hookworm is common and reinfection is likely, light infections are often not treated. In the United States, hookworm infections are generally treated for 1-3 days with medication prescribed by your health care provider. The drugs are effective and appear to have few side effects. For children under the age of 2, the decision to treat should be made by their health care provider.

Another stool exam should be repeated 1 to 2 weeks after therapy. If the infection is still present, treatment will be given again. Iron supplements will be ordered if you have anemia.1

Once a person has been diagnosed with hookworm disease, a doctor can prescribe medicines such as mebendazole or albendazole. Frequently, the doctor will add an iron supplement to this treatment. 2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Hookworm Infection: DPD
2. excerpt from Parasitic Roundworm Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: April 9, 2003

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