What if you had a creature eating away at your health inside your body?
That may sound like a storyline from a bizarre Hollywood film. However, for people who are infected with a parasite, this is a terrifying reality.
The good news is that parasites are usually easy to remove. The bad news is that many people aren’t even aware they have a parasite!
Are you concerned that this could be you? Continue reading to discover more about parasites, including how to recognize them and how to get rid of them.
What is a parasite?
Our guide will walk you through some of the more unusual indicators that you have a parasite. But first, we must address the fundamental question: what exactly is a parasite?
A parasite, at its most basic level, is a thing that lives inside you and feeds on your body. That would be awful enough, but the parasite’s host suffers even more the longer it remains within. A tapeworm, for example, may thrive inside your body, but you will become sicker and weaker over time. The sooner a parasite is removed from your body, the better.
Hookworms, roundworms, flatworms, pinworms, and scabies mites are the most prevalent parasites in humans, in addition to tapeworms. So, how can individuals become infected with parasites? Eating undercooked meat or drinking polluted water are the most prevalent ways to contract the disease.
Here are the top 7 indicators that you may be infected with a parasite.
- Constant fatigue
Do you constantly feel weak and tired? You might be inclined to blame it on factors such as being overworked or not getting enough sleep. However, this could be an indication of a parasite.
Because parasites generate additional “wear and tear” on your body, you may become tired. Furthermore, certain parasites prevent you from adequately absorbing certain nutrients, making you weaker and, as a result, more tired.
- Digestive problems
There are numerous distinct types of parasites, which results in a variety of warning symptoms. If you have an internal parasite, the most obvious symptom is likely to be stomach issues.
There may be one or more main warning symptoms once you have a parasite in your gastrointestinal tract. Constipation, bloating, and gas are among symptoms, as are watery and/or bloody diarrhea. To put it another way, if your digestive health suddenly deteriorates, you should take it seriously!
- Muscle and joint pain
Parasites of various varieties can cause severe muscular and joint discomfort. The reason for this is simple: some of these parasites are concealed deep within your muscles!
It’s also not difficult to obtain such a parasite. All it takes is one bite of undercooked meat (sorry, rare and medium-rare steak fans) to develop trichinosis and begin suffering this excruciating pain.
- Skin problems
One of the best things about growing out of our adolescent years is that we have less skin problems. So, if you’re experiencing unusual symptoms (ranging from rosacea to rashes and hives to eczema), you could be dealing with a parasite.
What causes this to happen? Some parasites trick your body into believing you’re getting enough antibodies when you’re not. This might cause allergic reactions, as well as bothersome skin problems.
- Rarely feeling full
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being full after a large dinner. But consider this: has it been a long time since you felt that way?
Tapeworms, for example, can live in your gut and devour whatever you eat. This might result in both unexpected weight loss and the inability to feel satisfied after eating. Each of these should be treated as a danger indicator!
- Unexpected anemia
Remember how we likened parasites to monsters from movies? Given that certain parasites feed on your blood, that’s a very good description!
When this happens, iron deficiency anemia might develop. If you’ve been diagnosed with anemia and don’t know what caused it, parasites like hookworms could be to blame.
- Frequent coughing
During the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re all on high alert for unusual coughing. However, if you’ve been coughing a lot recently but haven’t tested positive for Covid, it could be a parasite.
Parasites can travel about inside your body, which is one of the frightening aspects of them. If a parasite gets into your lungs, it can cause uncontrollable coughing.
How can you get rid of parasites?
Let’s imagine you pay attention to the warning signals, go to the doctor, and are diagnosed with a parasite. What’s the next stage in eradicating the parasite?
While treatment approaches differ depending on the parasite, they all have a few things in common. To flush the parasite out, your doctor may advise you to eat a lot of fiber and/or make other dietary adjustments. Probiotics are also likely to be prescribed by your doctor as a means to improve your gut health.
The rest of your treatment will be determined on the parasite you have. The most essential thing is to recognize the warning signals and get medical attention as soon as possible!