How Do People Get Infected with Bulate sa Tiyan?
Bulate sa tiyan is highly infectious, and can easily spread to other people if precautions are not taken. People can get infected when they ingest the eggs of these parasitic worms. The eggs can be found in contaminated feces, uncooked or undercooked food, as well as through infected drinking water.
This also means that bulate sa tiyan is most common in areas without clean drinking water, or a proper waste and sewage management system.
In the Philippines, poverty-stricken areas and far-flung provinces have a high incidence of parasitic worm infections. People in these areas also have limited access to healthcare services, so people with an infection don’t always get the treatment that they need.
How Do You Treat it?
Diagnosing bulate sa tiyan is the first thing that needs to be done. Doctors can request a blood test, or a stool test in order to confirm the diagnosis.
If the tests show a positive result, then treatment starts immediately. Doctors typically prescribe anti-parasitic medication to help kill off the parasites.
These medications can include albendazole, ivermectin, and mebendazole. Patients need to take the medication for one to three days, depending on the severity. Some possible side effects include diarrhea and mild stomach pain.