What are Intestinal Parasites?

What are Intestinal Parasites? (They’re Not as Scary as It Sounds!)

Do you think you have intestinal parasites? Don't fret.

In this article, we'll explain the answers to the most asked question about intestinal parasites. Afterwards, you'll know what they are and how to tell if you potentially have them in your gut.

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What Are Intestinal Parasites?

If we had to go to the basics, parasites live and feed off of other animals. Intestinal parasites are microscopic and feed off the material in your body.

Yes, the thought of having intestinal parasites is quite unpleasant. Yet, it's more common thank you think! They can be found all around the world and can infect any kind of person.

How Are They Transmitted?

Intestinal parasites are typically transmitted through contaminated food, soil, and water. If one person has it, it's relatively easy for them to pass it on to someone else. For example, if you don't wash your hands after the bathroom, you can transmit to housemates by touching the door handles afterwards.

The risk factors for intestinal parasites are areas that have poor sanitation and hygiene and child and institutional care centers. You are particularly at risk when you have a weakened immune system. Unfortunately, pet owners also have a higher risk because animals are a major source of parasites.

So, how do you know if you have them?

Symptoms of Intestinal Parasites

If you have intestinal parasites, there are a variety of symptoms that you could have. This may include:

  • Unexplained bloating, diarrhea, gas, or vomiting
  • Sudden onset of fatigue or weakness
  • Traveling internationally and getting diarrhea
  • Passing a worm in your stool
  • Painful or aching joints
  • Trouble sleeping at night
  • Skin irritations like rashes, hives, or eczema
  • Trouble feeling full after meals
  • Sudden and unexplained weight loss

If you're unsure about your symptoms, contact your doctor for testing and prescribed treatments. Your doctor can also test after treatments to make sure the parasites are gone.

There is good news, though! If you do have intestinal parasites, it's definitely treatable.

Treating Intestinal Parasites

If you're pretty sure you have parasites, there are a few ways to get rid of them and to restore your health. We list three different ways below. Please keep in mind that there are not exhaustive.

Firstly, you can get drug therapies prescribed by your doctor. You may just need one dose or you may have to take medication for several weeks. It will differ per case.

Secondly, you can optimize your diet by drinking a lot of water, avoiding simple carbohydrates, and eating fiber. You can also introduce natural remedies such as berberine, papaya seeds, and pumpkins seeds.

Thirdly, you can use a variety of herbs to get rid of parasites naturally and strengthen your immense system. You can ingest the herbs in the form of capsules, teas, powders, or tinctures.

Do You Have Intestinal Parasites?

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• Meet the Author • Dr. Lawrence Kindo

I am a Medical Professional with a passion for writing, blogging, playing, computers, and of course patient care. My writing in this medical blog will reflect my passion, and you are welcome to be a part of this venture. This medical blog is a tribute to all the great medical pioneers, and to the ultimate source of wisdom, God.

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