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10 Warning Signs that your body is full of Dangerous Parasites (Intestinal Worms)

Whenever someone imagines about having intestinal worms in the body it looks scary and weird thing. Having parasites in the body is a natural thing and many of us aren’t aware of it. These microorganisms survive off other components.

Some of them live on the food you eat; many of them survive on the red blood cells of your body. Some parasites lay eggs in the body and enhance their counts and it can make you sick and weak.

Some of the commonly known parasites are pinworm, tapeworm, hookworm, lamblia, trichinella, lice, roundworms, and bedbugs.

Parasites have different types and some of them are normal but some of them are toxicities and harmful. Fortunately, parasites are curable once diagnosed properly.

In this article, we will discuss the warning signs, the treatment ways, and other helping information about parasites (intestinal worms) so let’s have a look at that:-         

Warning signs and symptoms of intestinal worms (body parasites):

1. Digestive Troubles:

If you are contracting parasites, it can ruin the digestive health and harmful for the intestine lining.

In many cases, people feel diarrhea, gas, constipation, bloating, acidity, and difficulty digestion. You may feel burning and inflammation in the abdomen and if you feel these symptoms you must consult an expert.

Add more fiber in the diet and drink plenty of water.

2. Abdominal Discomfort and Pain:

The other sign of having parasites in the body is abdomen pain. The parasites can stay for a long time in the small intestine and causes pain, inflammation, and discomfort.

Mostly, roundworm, tapeworm, fluke are the parasites responsible for abdomen pain.

If you are feeling pain in the abdomen for a long time without any other cause you must contact your doctor before the condition gets worse.   

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3. Anal Itching:

Anal itching is also a prior sign of parasites that exist in the abdomen. You may feel itching in the night or while sleeping and when you scratch it can be risky because female parasites lay eggs and scratching can cause the secondary infection.

Mostly, pinworms are the reason for anal itching and they can increase their count rapidly if not treated soon.

You must avoid sweet and sugary products, especially in children. You may feel something is crawling on the anus area that can irritate you much so don’t ignore the signs.    

4. Weakness:

If you are feeling excess tiredness and weakness even you are eating well and taking proper rest the parasites are responsible for that.

Parasites survive on the food and red blood cells and that makes you weak. In addition, metabolic waste products make the organs work harder and longer make you feel fatigued.

5. Weight Loss:

If you feel sudden changes in your diet, mostly you may feel more hunger and still, you are losing weight it may be a symptom of the parasite in the body.

It is because, a person with parasites whatever eats, the intestinal worms eat it briskly and you have to consume more food. Your body is working harder so you lose weight and feel weakness.   

6. Mood Swings:

Our intestine has neurotransmitters that are connected with our nervous system and when you have the parasite in the body you may feel mood swings, mental disturbance, brain fog, and in many cases people feel hallucinations and visual views that are not real.

If you feel any of the symptoms without any other cause you must have the full diagnosis of parasite and after that, it can be curable.  

7. Teeth Grinding in Sleep:

A study published in the health magazine stated that children with parasites have the teeth grinding symptom so we can relate it with adults too.

The situation is also being called bruxism especially when you are sleeping. The reason behind bruxism can be restlessness, depression, and toxic effect of waste material in the body.   

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8. Anemia:

Many studies done on children announced that though parasites like pinworm and roundworm attack the good vitamins and food we eat and eat red blood cells that causes iron-deficiency or anemia. 

9. Skin Problems:

Parasites in the body produce skin problems like rashes, skin allergy, hives, and dry skin tone.

It can also spoil the hair’s health and make it dull, rough, and cause hair fall.

10. Joint Pain:

In very rare cases, it has been noticed that parasites can stay in a group in the joints and muscles and cause joint pain and inflammation that can sometimes recognize arthritis.   

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How do you Get Parasites?

There are many cases available that can give you parasite infestation:-

Undercooked meat

Unclean fruits and vegetables

Traveling a lot to other countries

Close meetings with pets

Contaminated water contact

Touching contaminated places

Poor hygiene

If you come close contact with a person who is already infected then the parasite can easily pass through in the body.

Also, using dirty washrooms and not washing hands properly can contract parasites easily.    

Life cycle of ascaris
Life cycle of Ascaris

Treatment Option:

The doctor will prescribe the stool test for diagnosing the parasites and it is the most conventional and trusted way for testing.  

Medication:

The doctor will prescribe drugs and needed medicines to treat intestinal worms. The treatment can last for a week or two weeks and you have to follow all the steps prescribed by the doctor.

Conventional method:

There are some alternative and convenient ways available that can treat intestinal worms. Once the doctor has to find out what kind of parasites is infesting you then you can go for the treatment.

Nutritional Guide to Follow:  

  • Avoid excess eating of carbs, and avoid excess sugar like sweets, cakes, refined items, etc.
  • Eat more vegetables and add more garlic beets, carrots, and green leafy veggies in the diet.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and flush out toxins.
  • Add more fiber and vitamin C in the diet.
  • Add zinc in the routine, as zinc keeps the immune system strong and maintain bowel management.

Dos and Don’ts:

Dos:

If you notice any symptom immediately consult an expert.

Colonic hydrotherapy can solve any type of parasite all you need to follow the prescription and the medication course.

Some herbal ways can also help but if the condition gets worse try the advanced way instead of the conventional ways.

Don’ts:    

Don’t drink cold drinks, energy drinks, and others that contain excess sugar.

Don’t avoid the signs and don’t scratch the skin much.  

Dr Maria

MD Board Certified physician 8 years of experience in health care Former Naturopath at UK Graduated from AIIMS – All India Institute Of Medical Science, INDIA

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