Do you experience certain symptoms like chronic digestive issues, teeth grinding, anemia, fatigue or weakness frequently? Then it may be a sign of having parasites in your body.
There are many people living with parasites in their body unknowingly. Parasites are micro-organisms that live and feed off other organisms. So, be cautious that anyone can get infected with the parasites.
These parasites can cause many problems inside your body like causing disease directly (instant effect), produce toxins in the body or lay eggs inside the body (long-term effect). They survive on the food which we consume or some feed on red blood cells.
Wondering how those parasites entered into the body? The answer will be through your mouth or skin, weak immune system, close contact with pets, traveling to places where they have parasite infestations, poor hygiene or intake contaminated food or water.
Pinworms, hookworms, lambia, trichinella, tapeworms, blood flukes and dientamoeba fragilis are some of the common parasites that infect the body. The parasites can be of different forms, sizes, and shapes.
There are some common signs and symptoms to identify whether a person suffering from parasites infections or not. Have a look at them and if you’re suffering from them, then consult your doctor for proper diagnose and treatment accordingly.
1. Chronic Digestive Issues:
An intestine is the most common organ for the parasite to survive. Intestinal parasite infestation results in damaging the intestinal lining of the gut, causing pain and inflammation and finally leads to chronic diarrhea.
The toxins waste produced by those parasites will cause certain digestive disorders like gas, nausea, bloating, burning sensation in the stomach and constipation. So, include high fiber and high alkaline foods in your daily diet to get relief from the problem.
If you’re still suffering from diarrhea or any other digestive issues then consult your doctor for a parasite cleanse.
2. Change in Appetite and Weight Loss:
If you notice any sudden change in your appetite (especially an increase) then it may be caused due to parasites in your body. People suffering from tapeworm or pinworm infestation will experience this sign of increasing appetite with losing your weight.
It is generally caused when the parasites consume your food eaten by an infected person and making them feels more hungry than usual. The infected person feels more hunger in the morning and also never gets satisfied after a full meal. Consult your doctor if you’re experiencing this problem.
3. Abdominal Pain:
Parasites that live in the upper small intestinal region will cause irritation and inflammation which in turn result in the abdominal pain and a feel of bloating. The parasites block the passage of waste or toxic material which are about to exit from the body then also you will get pain in the upper abdominal region.
Roundworm, hookworm, fluke or tapeworm are some the parasites causing intestinal infestations and abdominal pain. It affects adults who recently went for an abroad tour or exposure to areas where parasites are more. If you’re suffering from severe abdominal pain frequently then consult your doctor.
4. Fatigue and Weakness:
A feel of fatigue or weakness is caused due to intestinal worms that deplete the body of vital nutrients by feeding on the food which we eat. So, simply it is caused due to the malabsorption of nutrients, carbohydrates, and fats and thus makes the body weak with a feel of exhausted, depressed and fatigue.
The organs in the body will have to work hard to eliminate the toxic metabolic wastes produced by the parasites which in turn results in less energy, excessive weakness, lethargy and fatigue.
If you’re suffering from unrelenting fatigue after consuming a healthy diet and sleeping properly then consult your doctor for proper diagnose to find out the root cause to this problem.
5. Anal Itching:
Itching around the anus is also a sign of parasite infection. People suffering from pinworms will have this anal itching or discomfort more frequently. It is actually caused at night time when the female pinworms are laying eggs.
It is caused by the migrating female pinworms along clumps of eggs which in turn cause irritation, acute pain and crawling sensations. Due to scratching, the skin will break down and thus increases the risk of a secondary bacterial infection.
If you suffering from itching around the anus at night time for more than a week or without any signs of rashes, then consult your doctor to get rid of parasites and sleep disturbances.
6. Anemia (Iron Deficiency):
A parasite infestations caused by intestinal roundworms or pinworms will result in the iron deficiency in the body which in turn leads to anemia why because the parasites will feed on your feed and steals the nutrients including iron and thus results in iron deficiency.
So, if you’re suffering from slow growth and weight loss (symptoms of anemia) then consult your doctor to know whether you or your children are infested with parasites.
7. Mental Distress:
Anxiety, mood swings and depression along with visual hallucinations will be caused due to parasite infestation. The neurons and neurotransmitters (responsible for a healthy enteric nervous system) in the intestine are attacked with the toxic metabolic wastes produced by the parasites.
Finally, it results in nervousness, mood swings, restlessness or even depression. Also, it is believed that the inflammation in the intestine will result in the inflammation of the brain. So, if you’re suffering from this mental distress then consult your doctor to clear a parasite infestation.
8. Teeth Grinding:
Teeth grinding (or bruxism) occurs in the sleeping due to stress or anxiety and restlessness that caused by the waste or toxins released by the parasites in the body. The pathogenic parasites cause bruxism in children than adults.
So, if you notice any such signs in your children then get their stool examined and consult the doctor to get the root cause to this problem.
9. Muscle and Joint Pain:
Some types of parasites can be entered into the soft tissues in your joints and muscles and thus gets enclosed into a cyst – like a manner. This will result in pain and irritation which we might mistake it as arthritis.
The toxins or waste material released by the parasites cause an inflammatory response within the body and you have to suffer from the pain caused as a result of immune system’s response to the parasites.
So, if you’re suffering from a sudden pain your muscles, joints or any other parts of your body and if this pain is getting worse day by day, then consult your doctor for proper diagnose and treatment accordingly.
10. Skin Problems:
Parasites that attack the intestinal tract will not only cause inflammation in the body but also results in several skin problems like rashes, eczema, hives and other types of skin allergies. The toxins or waste released by these parasites will increase in the eosinophils level in the blood which results in sores, lesions, swellings or ulcers.
If left untreated, it will result in dry hair, hair loss, and brittle hair. So, if you’re suffering from any skin irritations or unexplained rashes, rosacea, hives or eczema, then consult your doctor for proper diagnose.