Trichuris Trichiura (Whipworm) Infection (Trichuriasis) Treatment & Management

Updated: Sep 20, 2018
  • Author: Kwame Donkor, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Treatment

Emergency Department Care

Effective anthelmintic therapy is available for whipworm infection (trichuriasis) (see Medication).

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Consultations

Specialty consultation for trichuriasis is not necessary unless rectal prolapse or severe anemia is present; both are rare.

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Prevention

Household contacts are at low risk because of life-cycle requirements.

If fecal contamination of soil is possible (eg, children defecating in the back yard, human waste used as fertilizer), consider the possibility of household transmission.

Contacts may be screened for asymptomatic carrier state.

Improved sanitation is the best way to eradicate whipworm infection (trichuriasis).

Careful washing of vegetables and fruits grown in contaminated areas is also important.

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Further Inpatient Care

Inpatient care for whipworm infection (trichuriasis) may be warranted for patients with rectal prolapse or severe anemia.

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