Ivermectin versus albendazole or thiabendazole for Strongyloides stercoralis infection

Strongyloides stercoralis is a parasite that lives in the gut of infected people. The infection is not serious for most people, but it can be fatal in people with immune deficiency. People become infected when they come in contact with soil or water contaminated with infectious worms. The chronic infection usually causes skin rash, vomiting, diarrhoea, and constipation, and respiratory problems, such as asthma-like illness. This disease may be treated with ivermectin or albendazole or thiabendazole. The authors of this review wanted to know if ivermectin was better or worse than the other alternative therapies.

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