Ancylostomiasis, also known as hookworn, miner’s anemia, tunnel disease, brickmaker’s anemia, and Egyptian chlorosis, occurs when a person is infected by Ancylostoma hookworms. These hookworms are parasites that live in soil and lay eggs that hatch into larvae. The condition is more common in areas where people frequently walk barefoot over contaminated soil where the hookworm larvae can then enter the person's body through a crack or cut in the foot. They then enter the bloodsream and eventually end up in the intestines where they multiply and suck blood from the individual's intestinal walls. Blood loss such as this can cause symptoms of iron-deficient anemia. Symptoms of ancylostomiasis include intestinal bleeding, abdominal pains, anemia, severe diarrhea and/or malnutrition. Common signs of anemia include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, pale skin and cold hands and feet. The most common areas of infection include the skin, eyes, and face. Many people with ancylstomiasis have no symptoms. Treatment for ancylostomiasis is most often the drug mebendazole, which is very effective in combating these worms. However, iron and other dietary supplements may also be necessary for a full recovery. Talk with your doctor if you have been diagnosed with ancylostomiasis for the most current treatment options available.