At least 1 in 3 people suffer from parasites without knowing it. Find out what are 8 alarm signals that we all need to know.
Parasites are small organisms that live and feed on larger organs. Dr Josh Axe explains how more than 50% of people have parasites in their body that they have acquired, whether they have visited a foreign country,
consumed uncooked meat, because they have been exposed to contaminated bodies of water (bays, ponds, lakes) or because they have been in contact with an animal or other infected people.
The human body can host more than 130 types of parasites, and infections can be either mild or very dangerous.
Here are the main 8 symptoms of the presence of parasites in the body.
Primary parasites that affect the human body:
– Ascaris lumbricoides (giant roundworm): it is the largest intestinal worm, reaching up to 35 cm in length, while in thickness it is just like a pencil.
The disease caused by infection with this parasite is called Ascariasis.
– Enterobius vermicularis (pinworm): it is a white-spotted worm that measures up to 2 cm and its larvae cause anal pruritus. The disease caused by this parasite is called enterobiasis.
– Trichinella spiralis: contamination happens through eating infected pig
meat. The main symptoms are: abdominal pain, muscle aches, swelling of the eyes and a rash. The condition is called trichinosis.
– Taenia saginata: it is transmitted by beef intake. The parasite may reach a length of more than 20 m.
– Taenia solium: it is transmitted through the ingestion of pork.
– Giardia lamblia (Giardia intestinalis): a parasite found in two forms: cyst (it has the form of a closed bag in which the parasite is transported safely through food and water from one person to another; it is not destroyed by gastric juices and is found in faeces) and trophozoite (takes refuge in the duodenum and the small intestine). The disease caused by this parasite is called giardiasis.
Intestinal parasites – diagnostic:
Usually intestinal parasites are not seen in the stool and cannot be highlighted in a stool test. This exam reveals the eggs of parasites that are not visible to the naked eye, nor can they always be detected on a microscope because the parasite does not eliminate eggs daily. Therefore, eggs are repeatedly searched for in faeces two to three times a week.
After tracing intestinal parasite eggs, treatment should be done relatively quickly, as parasites consume the nutrients of the body and cause it to become weak and intoxicated. After the treatment is complete, a stool test is repeated every two weeks, three times, and if all tests are negative, the patient is considered to be healed.
1. Examination of faeces
As a rule, this test is false negative, and this is the reason why it must be done in 3 different days. It is useful for identifying helminths and protozoa. Take the sample from the faeces prior to administering anti-diarrheic or antibiotic drugs, and before performing a barium (x-ray) exam.
2. Blood culture
To identify the presence of blood in faeces.
3. Blood tests
To determine the level of haemoglobin, IgE antibodies and ferritin in the body.
4. Computed tomography or biopsy
For the discovery of cysts in the liver, lungs or brain.
5. Scotch test for identification of pinworms
It consists of applying a piece of transparent adhesive paper (Scotch) to a skin or mucous lesion (anal margin in case of suspicion of enterobiasis). The scotch is then attached to a glass blade and examined under a microscope in the laboratory.
6. Barium examination
Barium x-rays to diagnose serious diseases caused by intestinal parasites. Barium sulphate is an opaque metallic salt for X-rays. This test is usually not necessary.
Intestinal parasites can survive in the digestive tract for years without causing any symptoms. Common symptoms include:
– Abdominal pain;
– Bloating and intestinal gas;
– Dysentery (blood and mucus in stools);
– Anal itching;
– Stomach ache;
– Fatigue and drowsiness;
– Weight loss;
– Elimination of parasites with faeces;
– Lack of appetite;
– Food allergies or sensitivity;
– Iron deficiency.
1. Lack of power and fatigue. Do you feel drained of strength and energy? Intestinal worms can remove vitamins and nutrients from the body which will aggravate every one of its functions. If, despite the fact that you are sleeping properly and are well nourished, you still have that state of lethargy and fatigue, it is very possible to have parasites in your body.
2. Mental instability. The toxic residues of “unintentional guests” can attack neurons, causing nervousness, depression, irritability, and mood swings.
3. Digestion problems. If you have intestinal gas, bloating, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea, without the ability to identify a particular cause, you should consider the presence of parasites in your body.
4. Tourist Diarrhea. If you recently visited another country and suddenly woke up with diarrhea, it is very possible that you have brought back parasites from that country.
5. Increased appetite, coupled with weight loss. Tapeworms are recognized for growing your appetite and causing weight loss. These parasites eat ingested foods leaving the starving body malcontent and with a loss of kilograms.
6. Anal itching. If you have itching in the anus area, it is very possible that you have parasites. They put eggs in that area, hence the itching and irritation that can occur.
7. Iron deficiency. You don’t have enough iron? It may be due to parasites called nematodes. They live in the intestines and then begin to feed on nutrients and vitamins, including iron.
8. Sleep problems. Is it really hard for you to fall asleep and you lose a lot of time turning from side to side? Do you often wake up or grind your teeth at night? Again, parasites can be a plausible explanation.
As a rule, intestinal parasite treatment is easy; but the disorder reappears shortly if the source of the infection still exists. Anti-parasitic drugs such as Metronidazole, Tinidazole or Furazolidone are effective for treating parasitic infections if administered as prescribed by medical prescription.
A single dose of anti-parasitic drugs is sufficient for killing intestinal parasites. For several days after healing, it is possible to remove larvae and eggs from parasites through the stool. Untreated infestations may manifest for years at a time.
Medicinal plants are an effective way to strengthen and tone body systems. These are found as dry extracts (capsules, powder, tea), glycerine (glycerine extract) or tinctures. Most plants used to treat intestinal parasites have toxic side effects and may interfere with drug treatments; therefore it is recommended to administer them only under the supervision of a qualified physician.
1. In the morning, on an empty stomach, eat tomatoes.
2. Frequently eat blueberries, papaya, and pineapple as they contain anti-parasitic enzymes.
3. Eat garlic with every meal because it helps kill eggs from parasites in the intestinal tract.
4. Prepare a mixture of pumpkin seeds, onion and soy milk.
5. Mix 2 teaspoons of apple vinegar in a glass of water to prevent intestinal parasites.
6. Herbal remedies work best on an empty stomach – garlic tincture, pumpkin seeds or pomegranate seeds.
If you have one or more of the above symptoms and suspect that you have internal parasites, it is advisable to consult a physician to help cleanse your body.