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Are there black worms?
Hello! Yesterday I saw black inclusions in my son's feces, similar to threads. A friend said that it was most likely worms. But, as far as I know, helminths are only white. Tell me, are there black worms and how do they affect health? My son is only 2 years old, and I am very worried about his condition. Thank you in advance for your response.
The most common worm-shaped helminths are the following:
- the tapeworm is wide;
- bovine tapeworm.
Despite the differences in size and structural features, they are all white or yellowish in color. That is, we can say that specialists have never encountered helminths that are distinguished by their natural black color.
But, despite this, black worms in the feces can occur. This happens under the influence of several factors that need to be considered in more detail.
Thus, parasites are able to change their color from white to dark under the influence of coloring pigments in the intestines. If a person ate pomegranate, red grapes or beets before bowel movement, then the worms exiting with feces will turn brown or dark red. Sometimes these colors can be mistaken for black.
Affects the color of the worms and the intake of iron-containing medicines. Getting into the body of the parasite with blood, the trace element gives it a dark color.
Sometimes parents notice dark inclusions in the child's feces, similar to short sticks or villi. This phenomenon occurs if bananas or persimmons were eaten before. Some of the fibers contained in the pulp of these fruits are not digested by the gastrointestinal tract and are excreted unchanged.
If black blotches in the stool are seen in a newborn, then most likely we are talking about meconia, which includes mucus, digested epithelial cells and even hairs. Their observant parents are often mistaken for worms.
Thus, black blotches in the feces of both an adult and a child are equally likely to be parasites or not. To determine the presence of helminths, you need to contact a specialist and get tested.