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4 common human parasites and the warning signs

Human parasites are little unwanted organisms living in our intestines, blood and on skin. They can be acquired from number of sources, which we have examined in our previous article – 9 everyday habits that lead to catching parasites. They feed on anything we eat and can cause a number of complications – from problems with gaining weight to anemia and insomnia.

There are over 100 different types of human parasites. It is possible to be infected with more than one at a time. Geohelminths (parasitic toxicity) touched hundreds of millions people worldwide. Children and older people are considered most likely to be affected. The most popular types of human worms are:

  1. Protozoa
  2. Roundworms
  3. Tapeworms
  4. Flukes

 

1 Protozoa

Minuscule, single cell protozoa, is most widespread in the parasite world. They multiply in human system, causing number of problems. Protozoa from cysts, when they enter a resting stage, can become resistant to extreme temperatures, chemicals and drying. It is easy to get infected if you have a weaker immune system – during a prolonged illness, stress or tiredness. Protozoa can be fought with a right diet and a powerful natural parasite cleanse.

 

2 Roundworms

These parasites prefer warmer climates and affect 25% of people. Roundworms can reach a size of a pencil and include other popular worms:

  • Hookworms
  • Whipworms
  • Pinworms
  • Trichinae

Hookworms prefer our digestive system and can travel along intestinal walls living of blood cells. Their infection often leads to anemia, diarrhea and nausea.

Whipworms are 3-5cm long and can be found in large intestine.

Pinworms mostly affect those living in USA and are as contagious as flu. They like crowded areas, like schools, day care centers, mental hospitals and swimming pools.

Trichinae are tiny worms living in muscle of infected animals, usually pigs. Eating undercooked meat may lead to infection, with symptoms such as intestinal disorder, fever, swelling, muscle pain and insomnia.

 

3 Tapeworms

These are the long ribbon like parasites inhabiting our intestines. They digest nutrients through their skin. Tapeworm larvae can be eaten by a person with an undercooked or raw beef, pork or fish. Infection symptoms include: dizziness, toxicity, unclear thinking, hunger pangs, poor digestion, extreme blood sugar levels or allergies.

 

4 Flukes

Odd shaped tiny flat worms include:

  • Blood flukes
  • Fish flukes
  • Intestinal flukes
  • Liver flukes
  • Lung flukes
  • Lymph flukes
  • Pancreatic flukes

Humans can end up with one of these by eating raw or undercooked seafood, infected chestnuts and watercress of drinking contaminated water. Symptoms vary from liver swelling, weakened lungs to blood clots.

 

Symptoms

As we can see human parasites can be acquired from various sources and live in number of places in the body. If you are worried you might be infected, look for these signs:

  • Constipation, diarrhea, gas or IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Improper digestion
  • Trouble sleeping, insomnia
  • Skin irritation – rashes, eczema, rosacea, hives
  • Muscle and joint pains
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Fatigue, exhaustion, depression, apathy
  • Not satisfied after meals
  • Iron deficiency anemia

 

Treatment

If you notice any of these symptoms persisting, it’s best to consult your doctor to test for parasites. The specialist will examine your stool samples (fecal testing) on few occasions, as parasites often enter hibernation, during which they cannot be detected. These checks will identify presence of helminthes and protozoa.

Scotch tape test, if needed, will reveal pinworms around anal area. The clinicians will take few samples to look for eggs under the microscope. In rare cases an x-ray might also be recommended.

Once the infestation is confirmed, you will be prescribed a right diet and a supporting natural parasite cleanse to help you ‘flush’ away the worms. It may take up to 6 months to get rid of the parasites completely.

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Maggie Tuczapska

Maggie is a freelance content strategist specializing ecommerce. She loves animal onesies, healthy living and power of positivity.

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