10 Signs That You May Have A Parasite & How To Get Rid Of It!
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The best way to describe parasites would be to term them as nasty little organisms that live inside humans. Parasites cannot produce food or energy and need a host body to survive. The primary reason why parasites are very dangerous is they feed off human cells, tissues and toxic waste. Parasites also infect animals, plants and other life forms.
In countries such as the United States and other hygienically advanced places, parasites do not pose a very great threat, but they do exist. However in countries where the sanitary conditions are poor, parasites are the equivalent of life threatening diseases. In the world’s poorest countries, parasitic infections are rampant, killing and disabling millions of people annually.
Statistics on parasitic infections are pretty staggering; according to the World Health Organization, approximately 3.5 billion people suffer some type of parasitic problem, and not all these people live in poorer countries.
Parasites are generally classified into broad groups such as:
- Protozoa: amebae; flagellates; ciliates; coccidia, microsporidia that are all intestinal parasites; sporozoa and others that attack blood tissue, cells, and other body sites
- Nematodes: roundworms
- Cestodes: tapeworms
- Trematodes: flukes
- Arthropods – all kinds of insects like scorpions, lice, tongue worms and on the list goes.
The technical names of the parasites are not that important to the layman; infection from any kind of parasite definitely is. There are several different ways by which parasitic infections are identified. Though there are hundreds of parasites, it is possible to generalise symptoms to a certain extent.
10 key signs of knowing whether a parasite is present in the body include:
Let us discuss in general the path of a parasite infection in the body before moving on to the distinct symptoms. When the parasite infection is acute, abdominal distress in varying degrees may be experienced by an individual. This distress includes diarrhea, fluid loss and burning sensations. Visible evidence of an infection is seldom present at this stage of the problem. It is possible to go a step further and state that the parasites do not always appear in the specimens tested in laboratories. Guess they are pretty good at hiding themselves!
A parasitic infection will move from the acute to chronic stage. At this point apart from the diarrhea; constipation, intense burning, bloating of the abdomen, cramping and sudden urges to eliminate, become part of the symptoms. There can be sudden food cravings, weight loss, irritable bowel syndrome, blood sugar fluctuations and mal-absorption of nutrients from foods consumed. The problem when untreated can continue to manifest itself through acute itching of the body; sleep disorders, skin sensitivity, anxiety and depression.
1. Immune Disorders
Parasites are like leeches, sucking the nutrients out of the body. This results in an immune system that is forced to operate on a lower supply of essential vitamins, minerals, nutrients and energy sources. The parasite is capable of stimulating the production of the body’s defense mechanism immunoglobulin A. Overstimulation results in exhausting the supply leaving the body wide open to various bacterial, fungal, viral and other attacks.
2. Sleep Disorders
Parasites, especially the ones that prefer to nest in the intestinal tract, can cause a host of sleep disorders such as insomnia. Parasites affect the nervous system as well, giving rise to sleep disorders. All through the night, the body is hard at work eliminating toxins through the liver. Parasites are known to upset this routine, changing the body’s rhythm. Some parasites cause a great deal of itching around the anal area, disrupting sleep and causing discomfort to the person.
Bruxism is the medical term given to teeth grinding; clenching teeth tightly together or grinding the back teeth over each other. At first glance, the connection between teeth grinding and parasites may not be clear. Teeth grinding, clenching and gnashing of teeth happens at night when the person is asleep. This happens due to anxiety and restlessness caused by the parasites releasing waste and toxins into the body.
4. Skin Problems
Parasites that attack the intestinal tract cause inflammation and considerable skin irritation due to the release of hormones into the body. These in turn irritate the skin causing rashes, hives, eczema and other forms of allergies to attack the skin. Another problem with an inflamed intestinal tract is that digestion of certain foods becomes difficult. Undigested foods produce increased eosiophils levels that inflame the tissues causing allergic reactions. Some parasites cause sores, swellings, lesions and ulcers to break out.
5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is one of the more common signs of a parasitic presence in the body. Intestinal parasites dig in and fix themselves to the walls of the intestines. This leads to inflammation and irritation of this area that soon leads to cramping and spasms and intestinal blocks. Mal-absorption of nutrients from food follows, and some foods become hard to digest.
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6. Stomach Disorders
Parasites attack the human body in various ways including causing constipation. Worms are parasites and can actually block the passage of nutrients into the body, and waste from exiting the body at various points in the digestive system. Parasites can attack the bile duct and intestines causing the digestive system to malfunction. When this happens, the normal bowel movements are hampered causing constipation. Another stomach problem caused by parasites is flatulence. Parasites enjoying residence in the upper small intestinal region cause inflammation of the area. This leads to a bloated feeling that is very discomforting; add to that the formation of gas. All of which is compounded by the consumption of certain foods that are hard to digest.
Parasites generally attack the lining of the intestines, but also have the potential to attack all other parts of the body. All through a parasitic infection, a variety of abdominal problems prevail in distressing regularity. Watery, loose stools that are painful to eliminate is one of the more common abdomen problems. The fluid loss if unattended, leads to severe dehydration. To top it all, several parasites produce a chemical called prostaglandin that leads to the loss of chloride and sodium from the body, causing in turn diarrhea.
8. Body Ache
As parasites are migratory rather than stationary, they sometimes tend to become enclosed in a cyst like manner in the muscles and even joint fluids. The result is irritation which is the lesser end of the problem; pains and an aching follows that is often mistaken for arthritis. Pain in the muscles and joints may also be caused by the immune system’s response to the parasites invading the body.
9. Chronic Fatigue
There is no doubt that parasites deplete the body of vital nutrients leading to exhaustion at mental, physical and emotional levels. When parasites invade the body causing the mal-absorption of vitamins, minerals, fats and carbohydrates, the body is left drained of energy. This inevitably leads to acute exhaustion, depression, concentration difficulties and general apathy.
10. Other Symptoms
Parasites can cause a number of other problems apart from the ones previously listed by which an infection may be determined. Some of these include: food sensitivities; anemia – iron deficiency; excessive number of bacterial or viral infections; excessive weight gain or loss; restless anxiety; itching of the ears, nose and anus; forgetfulness; slow thought process; excessive eating but continue feeling hungry or alternatively loss of appetite; lethargy; drooling during sleep; problems with menstrual cycles for women and sexual dysfunction for men; numb hands. These are all possible symptoms of the problem.
How to Get Rid of It!
Medication is the obvious answer to getting rid of parasites, but it may not be as simple as all that. Why? Parasites are quite happy swimming along and feeding off their hosts. To completely rid the body of parasites can take years, but not necessarily so in case of every affected person. Bodies that are weak, anemic, toxic and generally unhealthy may probably find it impossible to get of all the parasites completely. In such cases, treating the symptoms may be the only solution, but that is probably the doomsday prophet’s verdict.
Seeking treatment for getting rid of parasitic infections can be done through conventional testing and medication or through the use of alternative medical treatments. It is best to consult with a licensed medical practitioner and complete the testing necessary to determine the type of parasitic infection. Self-medication must never be sought under any circumstances.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has made recommendations for conventional medicines to treat worm infections. Health care providers generally choose the drugs best suited to the parasitic infection. Dosages may range from one to several depending on the severity of the infection.
There is also a list of common natural remedies consisting of herbs and supplements that can be taken in conjunction with a dietary plan to help cure intestinal parasites. Complementary and alternative medicine or CAM generally gets rid of infections faster with fewer side effects than conventional medicine.
Diagnosing and getting rid of the parasite is only the first step of the longer process. A healthy diet should be maintained to sustain the body’s nutritional balance and prevent further attacks from taking place.
Nutritional Balancing is considered a truly holistic and self-contained method of treating parasite infections within the body. When the body is brought up to a well-balanced nutritional level, getting rid of all those pesky parasites is possible. Practitioners of this method claim to heal the body through the balancing of various physiological aspects such as digestion, mineral rations and tissue minerals.
A diet rich in raw garlic, pumpkin seeds, carrots, beets, pineapple, papaya seeds and pomegranates can help to kill parasites. Honey and papaya seeds are good with plenty of water to flush the system. Consuming more fiber helps the body get rid of parasites especially worms. Avoidance of coffee, sweetened juices, refined foods and alcohol is believed to help. Adding sweet potatoes and squash to the diet is believed to increase the intake of vitamin A, which increases resistance to the parasites. The addition of spices such as turmeric and cloves can help fight the parasite onslaught.
Herbal therapy is a safe way to treat parasites and to strengthen the system. Here again it is recommended to work with a health care provider. Some of the more commonly prescribed herbal treatments include: garlic; goldenseal; anise; barberry; oregon grape; black walnuts; wormwood; curled mint.
Homeopathic treatments are also an option for treating parasite infections. Homeopaths generally take into consideration various factors including the intellectual, physical and emotional structure of the person before prescribing any form of treatment. Homeopathic remedies for parasite infections may include: Cina; Indigo; Spigelia; Podophyllum; Cuprum oxidatum nigrum; Teucrium; Sabadilla; Stanum.
Parasites are a very real danger – they may be miniscule, but they have an appetite. To feed this appetite, they feed of you, robbing the body of essential nutrients. This results in diarrhea and a host of other stomach ailments that lead to poor absorption of the essential nutrients. Most people figure diarrhea is no big deal and a couple of pills and some black tea will settle the problem. Guess again! As the body fails to absorb nutrients, the immune system becomes weak, leaving it open to numerous diseases. Diarrhea is not all we need to fear from parasites; they perforate the intestinal walls and allow toxins and waste matter to flow into the blood stream with very serious health consequences.
Here is another scary thought; parasites are migratory, so symptoms of the infection change depending on which part of the body the parasites are invading. All this is mentioned not to scare readers, but alert people to the dangers of dismissing parasites as nothing to worry about.