Management Of Intestinal Worms And Parasites
Intestinal worms are human pests often located in the gastrointestinal tract. They can survive outside the body but prefers to live in the intestines. They affect millions of people all over the world and are mostly observed in tropical countries.
Helminths or intestinal parasite feed on other hosts. Common helminthes include roundworm, whipworm, and hookworm. These worms have many cells and they don’t multiply in the body when developed into adult stage. Protozoan parasite is a single cell organism. The most common ones are known as cryptosporidium, microsporidia, and isospora.
Most children are affected with intestinal worms because they are prone to dirt. Intestinal worms and parasites come from contaminated food and water and can sometimes enter or grow in skin due to poor hygiene and sexual contact.
Diagnosis of intestinal worms and parasites is further known with additional testing like several take of stool examination, the “Scotch tape” test that detects pinworm by touching the tape in the anal area many times, and x-ray with barium for complicated health conditions with parasites.
Signs and symptoms of intestinal worms and parasites
Intestinal worms and parasites may live and grow in your intestines for many years. Symptoms are often experienced when too much unwanted worms have already grown in the body. Conditions like diarrhea, pain in joints, vaginal irritation, constipation, weight loss, abdominal pain, chest pain, anorexia, night sweats, fatigue, loss of appetite and vomiting are some of the symptoms experienced by the affected person. Some may not experience symptoms even if they are infected with intestinal worms. It is better to see the doctor for further examinations and diagnosis.
Development of intestinal worms and parasites is caused by ingestion of food and water contaminated with feces, poor sanitation, raw or undercooked meat, unsanitary living, poor hygiene, contact to soil with larva, and animals such as pigs which are infected.
What is the possible care for people suffering with intestinal worms?
Medications depend on how serious the infection is. Prescription drugs like Vermox are prescribed for severe conditions. Treatment for all the family members is recommended if one is infected to prevent contaminating everyone. The typical medications are effective enough to kill the parasites in your intestines. Combination of alternative medicines like herbal supplements for intestinal balance is also helpful in treatment. Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating a clean, cooked and balanced diet, taking a bath regularly, and drinking purified water. Other remedies like natural herbs can also be taken. Natural herbs can strengthen the system of our body.
Tips to prevent intestinal worms
Prevention is always better than treatment. There are ways to avoid intestinal worms from growing in your body. Always wash your hands with soap and water. Practice proper hygiene by taking a bath every day. Maintain cleanliness in your surrounding and cook meat properly. Special attention should be rendered to pregnant women with parasites. Be sure to prevent yourself from getting intestinal worms and parasite again if you had them before because a serious health problem may occur the second time you are infected with it.