Having a parasite can be a scary thought, but you’re not alone; parasites are far more common than you think. It’s a myth that parasites only exist in underdeveloped countries. In fact, the majority of the patients I see in my clinic have a parasite. As you will see, parasites can cause a myriad of symptoms, only a few of which are actually digestive in nature.
As the name suggests, intestinal parasites are present in the intestines of human beings. Such parasites can also infest the intestines of other animals as well. Even though they stay in the intestinal tract, they can move to other parts of the body too.
They are responsible for causing numerous ailments in the body. They breed at a rapid rate and infect the vital organs of the body. Once these organs are infected, they are not able to function efficiently.
The intestinal tract is an ideal place for these parasites as they can feed on the food which has been consumed by the host. Severe cases of parasitic infestation can even result in the death of the affected people. This is why it is extremely important to seek urgent medical attention if you suspect a case of parasitic infestation.
Symptoms Of Intestinal Parasite
Signs of infection include less conclusive symptoms such as a runny nose, nighttime restlessness and blisters on the lower lip inside the mouth. If you become infected, be prepared for a rough time. Infected individuals may feel mineral imbalances and nighttime teeth grinding. One or more symptoms may occur to a greater or lesser degree depending upon the individual.
People who are suffering from a parasitic infestation are not able to regulate their eating habits. In most cases, such people start consuming excessive amounts of food.
The main reason for this change is because the ingested food is being absorbed by the intestinal parasites. Thus, the body is not able to derive nourishment from the consumed food.
As a result of this, the person starts consuming much more food in order to meet the nutritional needs of the body. However, in a severe case of parasitic infestation, the person might be unable to retain food in the digestive tract.
This happens when the parasites cause serious infections in the intestines. The intestines become inflamed and vomiting often occurs. Thus, the ingested food is repeatedly thrown out and the person suffers from a severe loss of appetite.
Anaemia is a condition which affects most of those who suffer from a parasitic infestation. The blood becomes deficient in haemoglobin and the person is constantly tired. Such people are not able to do anything strenuous as they get tired very quickly.
If your haemoglobin levels do not rise back to normal even after consuming iron-rich supplements, you must seek the advice of a doctor regarding the possibility of a parasitic infestation in your body. These parasites rob the body of several vital nutrients, including iron. Thus, the person becomes anaemic and weak.
Types Of Worms And Parasites Found In The Human Body
Pain and Inflammation
If the intestines are severely affected due to the presence of these parasites, the delicate intestinal lining can become very inflamed. As a result of this, the entire abdominal area begins to throb with pain.
Very often, this pain refuses to go away even when the person consumes painkillers. This might be a symptom of an acute parasitic infestation. In such situations, you must seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
Loss of Weight
People who suffer from this condition often suffer from severe weight loss even though they consume enough food. This happens because the consumed food is being utilized by the intestinal parasites.
Thus, the body is not able to derive nourishment from it. As a result of this, the body weight of the person drops steadily.