Parasites Inside Your Body And The Dangers Behind It

By Ann Hills / a few months ago
Parasites

Parasites are organisms which feed off and live in living hosts. Many different types of parasites can live in the human body. Examples include thorny-headed worms, flatworms, and roundworms. People who reside in developing or rural areas are a higher risk of being infected by parasites. The risk is also significant in areas with poor sanitation and where drinking water and food may be contaminated.

Parasitic infections can affect the human body in various ways base on the kind of parasite involved. The parasites which enter the body via the mouth often affect the digestive system. These parasites live and multiply in the intestines. As the parasites multiply, other organs may also be affected.

Some parasites enter the bloodstream by being transmitted through insect bites or boring through the skin. Such parasites often cause inflammation and fever among other physical issues. The dangers of parasites are well documented. This article highlights the devastating effects that parasites have on the body. One of them is that parasites can make it impossible for the body to function normally and cause long term damage to essential organs like the lungs or heart. In most cases, parasitic infections cause death if not treated. The following are the things you need to know about the parasites inside your body and the dangers behind it.

Which kinds of worms often cause infections?

The most common parasites that cause infections in the human body are roundworms and flatworms. These kinds of parasitic worms live in a wide range of habitats and it is not always possible to see them without using a microscope.

Tapeworm
Tapeworm

Tapeworm

This is a type of flatworm that can enter your body after drinking water containing tapeworm larvae or eggs. Tapeworms can also enter your body if you eat undercooked or raw meat. Tapeworms usually implant their heads into the wall of the intestines and stay there. After that, certain kinds of tapeworms can produce eggs which mature into larvae. The larvae can then migrate into other parts of your body. Tapeworms appear like white, long ribbons and can grow up to eighty feet long. They can live in the human body for up to thirty years.

Hookworms

Hookworms can get into your body after you are exposed to contaminated soil or feces. This can happen if you walk barefoot on soil that has hookworm larvae. The hookworms can pierce through your skin. These parasites stay in the small intestines where they use a “hook” to implant themselves to the walls of the intestine. Hookworms are usually no longer than half an inch.

Flukes
Flukes

Flu​kes

Flukes are a class of parasitic worms that belong to the phylum Platyhelminthes. They commonly parasitize frogs, fish and turtles. Flukes also parasitize domestic animals, humans and invertebrates like crustaceans and mollusks. The parasites often get into the human body though raw watercress and other plants found in freshwater or when one drinks contaminated water. Most of them are a few inches in length. They live in the tissues, blood or intestines.

Pinworms

Pinworms, also known are threadworms are small and relatively harmless worms. They are most commonly seen in children. When these roundworms mature fully, they live in the rectum and colon. Female threadworms lay eggs around the anus, often during the night. These eggs survive on materials like bedding and clothing among others. You can contract these parasites when you touch the eggs and they end up in your mouth. Since the eggs are very small, you may also breathe them in when they are airborne. These eggs are easily passed from one child to another or health workers in hospitals and clinics. Even though it is easy to treat pinworms and they are often harmless, there have been some cases of pinworms getting into the appendix and causing acute appendicitis.

Trichinosis worms

Trichinosis worms are passed from one animal to the other. Humans usually get trichinosis after eating undercooked meat, whic25.60h contains the larvae. The larvae then mature in the intestines. While reproducing, the larvae may travel from the intestines to the muscles and other tissues.

Symptoms of parasite infection

You may not know when you have a parasite infection. However, there are certain symptoms that you may experience after a parasite infection. They include:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • General weakness
  • Losing weight

Tapeworms can also cause other symptoms such as:

  • Fever
  • Bumps or lumps
  • Allergic reactions
  • Neurological issues like seizures

Flukes may cause additional symptoms and it may take you several weeks or months to notice them. These symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever

Hookworms can also cause additional symptoms like:

  • Fatigue
  • Anemia
  • Itchy rash

Trichinosis worms cause additional symptoms when travelling through the bloodstream and entering the muscles or other tissues. These symptoms include:

  • Facial swelling
  • Tenderness and pain in the muscles
  • Fever
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Headache
  • Conjunctivitis

Parasites cause undesirable effects in the body. Apart from the discomfort you may feel, parasites can also cause serious diseases. Therefore, if you experience any of the symptoms of parasitic infections, you should see a doctor. The physician will perform tests to determine what is causing the symptoms. Parasitic infections can be effectively treated through the use of prescription antiparasitic medications.

About the author

Ann Hills

My name is Ann Hills and I am a food blogger and a yoga teacher. When I was a child, I often got around my mother and watched her cooking in our kitchen. My mom always says to me that: “Kitchen is the heart of any home”. I strongly believe in her saying that’s reason why I prefer spending my money to make my home better than other stuff.

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