Complaining of stomach aches frequently? Feel you are not able to eat anything without feeling bloated or nauseous? If your answer is ‘yes’ to these questions, then there is a strong chance of you being infected by intestinal worms.
A popular notion is that only children and animals get intestinal worms. But the truth is far from it! Even adults are prone to be affected by these worms which breed in filthy conditions. And that would indicate that these parasitic worms would usually thrive on the body’s bowel content (which by the way is very nutritious for them).
But if you feel that it would not be something you need to worry about, you are wrong! For in addition to feeding on human waste found in the bowel, these worms eventually start feeding on the blood of the host. In this case, it would be your blood and that is where the trouble would start for you.
How Do Intestinal Worms Get Into Out Body?
Before understanding about what harm an intestinal worm could potentially do to harm your body, you need to understand the various ways in which it can enter into your body in the first place.The most common way of entering into a host’s body is via the food and water consumed by the same. And in most cases, this would be how these parasites enter your body. Eating raw, uncooked or contaminated food would make you more vulnerable to intestinal worms. The same can be said for contaminated water that is not boiled or filtered properly.
If you are visiting mosquito country, then you need to understand the possible risks of the bites delivered by these pests. In addition to getting malaria and a horde of other illnesses, you can easily get affected by intestinal worms if you get bit by a mosquito.Intestinal parasites can also enter the human body via the skin and nose. Touching an infected area (or breathing in an infected zone) can also invite these parasites into your body. There is also the possibility of contracting intestinal worms via sexual contact. Couple this with unclean, unhygienic surroundings and your susceptibility to these parasites increases manifold.
Types Of Intestinal Worms
Although we might be familiar with quite a few of these pests, we would need to know about the most common ones that repeatedly attack human bodies. And some of the more common intestinal worms found in the human body include round worms, ring worms, tape worms, pin worms, hook worms, thread worms, whip worms, book worms and giardia etc.
Common Symptoms Of Intestinal Worms
In almost all the cases, the symptoms of intestinal worms would depend on the extent of infection. While a few worms may not cause any symptoms at all (and no cause for concern), a few hundred of these parasites would start wrecking havoc in your body with time, especially if they multiply pretty quickly. Here are some of the more common symptoms of intestinal worms that you need to look out for.
Anorexia Or Binge Eating
Intestinal worms in your stomach have a funny way of dealing with your appetite. At times they may feel that you have had enough and stop you from eating properly for days on end. And sometimes, they may make you so hungry that you would want to eat anything and everything that you set your eyes on.
If you find yourself following a cycle of starving and voracious eating, chances are you might have intestinal worms in your stomach that are altering your eating patterns.
External Bodily Symptoms
There are plenty of ways to find out if you are suffering from intestinal worms. These include frequent bouts of fever, coughs, headaches, or vomiting. Some individuals tend to develop dark circles under the eyes, and become pale with time. Anemia is also one of the more common symptoms of intestinal parasites in addition to breathlessness which can occur at times.
Some of the more uncomfortable symptoms of intestinal worms include foul breath, frequent gas and abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhea, worms in the stool, intestinal blockage, an itching sensation that would develop near the anus, and in the worst case scenario; blood in the stools and mucus (by coughing up worms).
While some of these symptoms can be taken care of with over the counter medication, some of the more serious ailments need to be checked and diagnosed by a doctor. Make sure that you check with a qualified professional before deciding on any course of action for these parasites.