Human infections caused by the presence of parasites are more frequent than they appear. They are capable of causing serious health complications in adults and children. There are several types of infections, depending on their size and whether the parasites are in a person's blood or on the body surface.
Typical symptoms of a parasitic infection in the human body
The human body may contain microparasites (malaria) that can only be seen under a microscope.
The next group are macroparasites - round, flat worms (nematodes, tapeworms and so on), which in an infected person's body can often grow to enormous sizes.
The presence of parasites in the body is not limited to the intestines, they often affect the lungs, liver, muscles, brain, blood, skin and even the eyes.
The symptoms of the presence of parasites in the human body depend on the type of parasite itself and its toxic waste:
- chronic diarrhea caused by malabsorption of food;
- chronic constipation, flatulence and bloating (especially after eating) or any other digestive problems, including heartburn, abdominal pain and cramps, mucus or blood in the stool, bowel problems and so on;
- puffy eyes and dark circles;
- nausea, loss of energy, lethargy and depression;
- chills, weakness.
Parasites and skin
Symptoms of parasite infestation on the skin mainly include itching. Inflammation of the tissue increases the number of white blood cells that protect the body.
This reaction usually causes skin irritation. The person may even develop food allergies.
Parasites release toxins and the skin, which is the largest organ, tries to get rid of them. As a result, several skin problems arise.
Signs of a parasite infestation include:
- dry skin and hair;
- hair loss;
- allergies and allergic reactions to food;
- itchy nose, skin, or anus;
- eczema, stomatitis;
- a feeling of "crawling under the skin";
Parasites and the nervous system
The toxins secreted by parasites in humans are capable of affecting the central nervous system. Uncertainty and nervousness are usually caused precisely by the presence of undesirable organisms in our body.
Signs of parasites in the human body related to the central nervous system:
- rapid and frequent mood swings;
- anger and irritability;
- forgetfulness and disorganized thinking;
- decreasing reflexes;
- violation of attention.
Infection by parasites poisons the body. The body reacts to them even at rest, because it is at night that the manifestations of parasitic infections are most expressive.
Infected people usually wake up at night, especially between 2 am and 3 am, when the liver is trying to flush out toxins from the body.
This causes the following signs of the presence of parasites in the human body:
- insomnia and sleep disorders;
- gnashing of teeth during sleep;
- night sweats and increased salivation.
Signs of the presence of parasites in the body are often not diagnosed for a long time, the "pests" can live for a long time in the body of its host unnoticed, consuming the main nutrients obtained by it in the diet.
The parasites in the body usually cause a person to eat a lot. However, the infected person cannot gain weight.
Other symptoms of body infection
Parasites can move in almost all soft tissues, including joints and muscles, where they form cysts and inflammation. These symptoms of parasites in the body are often called arthritis or muscle pain.
Parasitic toxins also tend to accumulate in joints and muscles, forming muscle cramps and pain, joint pain, abdomen, chest, rheumatic pain and increased heart rate. What signs appear depends on the affected system or organ.
Parasites are also often responsible for problems related to the urinary and excretory systems. After inhalation, their larvae "roam" through the respiratory system, causing the following symptoms:
- acute bronchitis;
- foreign body sensation in the throat;
- difficulty swallowing;
- bad breath and many others.
The symptoms of parasites in the human body can be very atypical signs and some types of helminths are very difficult to identify. This is due in particular to complex diagnoses: it is often necessary to perform 3-6 stool samples to eliminate false results. However, for the patient's refusal, in practice, a negative conclusion is enough.
It is clear that parasites do not hide behind all diseases, but they often participate in the occurrence of some of them. For example, roundworms appear in the stomach and gastrointestinal tract due to bloating and flatulence. Many of them can cause intestinal blockages and constipation. Ascaris eggs can be swallowed with unwashed vegetables.
Pinworms in the body often cause nausea and diarrhea, they easily penetrate through the intestinal wall in the vascular system, can lead to:
- discharge in women;
- inflammation of the bladder;
- bile duct block.
Parasitic infections are often the cause of health problems, such as tissue damage (as a result, weakened areas are more easily attacked by viruses and bacteria).
Dizziness and parasites
In the case of the presence of parasites in the human body, symptoms and treatment are closely related. This applies, for example, to vertigo (dizziness). Our ancestors have already noticed the connection between worms and dizziness. All worms (there are several types of worms) reduce metabolism, block bile ducts, worsen liver function and increase cholesterol levels.
Even the largest human parasite, the broad tapeworm, is relatively common. The infection occurs most frequently in fishing areas. The source is freshwater fish - canned or smoked.
Dog and cat tapeworms, although not often found in humans, are no exception.
What can parasites lead to in the body?
They are capable of provoking the development of a series of serious diseases; however, its role in causing such diseases is often overlooked.
- Parkinson's disease can be caused by a combination of several major parasites: Trichomonas vaginalis (Trichomonada vaginalis), with blood that has penetrated the brain, Treponema pallidum, often congenital, nocardia (Nocardia asteroids), echinococcus tapeworm and other parasites.
- The larvae of the parasite migrate to the larynx and pharynx, accumulate easily in the thyroid gland and cause an autoimmune process (which is characteristic of multiple sclerosis). Multiple sclerosis is caused by amoeba dysentery (Entamoeba histolytica), echinococcus (Echinococcus multilocularis), borrelia, sometimes gonococci or meningococci and so on.
- The situation is similar in ankylosing spondylitis, which is usually caused by echinococci and tapeworms that have penetrated the spinal canal and depressing peripheral nerves.
- Epilepsy and dizziness. The cause may be large parasites (tapeworm, tapeworm, echinococcus tapeworm) in the cerebellum or in the inner ear. The bacterial load is often present.
The cysts of some parasites have a multilayered protective shell, which makes them practically indestructible. A live larva can survive up to 30 years (Trichinella). Several lumps under the skin can form worms, trichinella, tapeworm and echinococcus.
How to remove parasites from the body?
To remove parasites from the human body, it is first important to clean the entire digestive system. A clean, well-muscled gut is not a good place for intestinal parasites.
Step 1. With regard to cleansing the intestine, medicinal herbs play an important role. The most effective are the following:
- oak bark;
- hawthorn bark.
Consuming onion and garlic is a good method. Pumpkin seeds can also treat parasitic infections.
If you are unable to overcome the problem yourself, contact a specialist who will prescribe anthelmintic drugs.
Important! During treatment, a therapeutic course must be carried out by all family members and animals that live in the same house to avoid reinfection.
Step 2. Increasing fiber intake speeds up the time it takes for undigested food scraps to move to prevent sedimentation - this reduces soil quality for parasite colonization.
Step 3. Prevention of vitamin deficiency. Adequate intake of vitamins, minerals and nutrients is essential to fight parasitic infection.
Step 4. Determining the source of infection and preventing infection:
- it is important to avoid contact with known sources of infection, such as rodent feces, cat feces, contact with dogs is inappropriate;
- you need to be careful when drinking water and / or swimming in water whose quality is unfamiliar;
- to avoid blood-sucking insect bites that can transmit parasites, you need to wear protective clothing;
- Before eating, you should wash all fruits and vegetables in clean water - this will also help to prevent infections;
- water from potentially contaminated sources should not be used to water vegetables.
Children are especially susceptible to parasitic infestation; worms are usually present in large quantities in infantile organisms. Therefore, it is imperative to teach them good hygiene - washing their hands after using the bathroom, playing outdoors and before eating.
The infection can occur through underwear in the same laundry basket, bed linen, towel, household items such as toys, cutlery, glasses and, of course, animals (parasites lay invisible eggs in their hair).
It is important to wash the bed and underwear frequently in water with a temperature of at least 60 ° C, as well as all clothes that come in contact with the private parts of the body. During deworming, these items should be washed daily and separately from other clothing.
It is also recommended to sleep in your underwear to avoid involuntarily scratching your anus at night, when the parasites are most active and lay eggs.
Do not let pets sit on your bed, sofa, pillows or blankets.
Sinks and bathrooms need to be cleaned frequently with alcohol because many parasitic eggs are resistant to the pH of detergents and soaps.