The Doctors share a woman's story that may change how you prepare your salads!
Jacqui says she ate prepacked salads for around 3 months and began to experience stomach pains after 6 weeks. First, it was a sharp cramping pain, along with the feeling like she had to go to the bathroom or even vomit. A week later, she had a sudden urge to use the bathroom accompanied by extreme pain in her stomach. After going to the bathroom, she was shocked by what was piled up in the toilet.
"I saw what looked like a big ball of spaghetti... it took me off guard because I hadn't eaten any spaghetti," she tells The Doctors. "And then I realized... these are worms!" She says there were "way too many" worms to count and "it was just a nightmare."
She was treated by an infectious disease doctor who determined she had expelled dead worms, and the doctor warned her, "There's a lot more inside."
Thankfully, Jacqui was able to be treated for the worms with just 3 pills, but she still continued to see worms when she went to the bathroom for 3 days after being treated. The Doctors explain Jacqui was dealing with Ascaris worms, which is a large roundworm.
- They can cause an infestation blockage and may require surgery
- The worms can grow up to 14 inches long
- These worms are contracted by ingesting the eggs, which are microscopic and are found usually in soil
- This type of parasite is often transferred by feces
- Vague abdominal pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Diarrhea or bloody stools
- Severe abdominal pain
- Weight loss or malnutrition
- A worm in your vomit or stool
Now, Jacqui takes her salad prep very seriously. Even if her produce is triple-washed, she uses a salad spinner, rinses with vinegar, and will then rinse again. She also suggests using vegetable food-grade soap.
As always, if you are experiencing persistent abdominal pain, diarrhea or nausea please see your doctor or medical provider.