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What is Parasite Infection?

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What is Parasite Infection?

Parasites are organisms that live off other organisms, or hosts, to survive. Some parasites do not noticeably affect their hosts. Others grow, reproduce, or invade organ systems that make their hosts sick, resulting in a parasitic infection. You can get them from contaminated food or water, a bug bite, or sexual contact. Some parasitic diseases are easily treated and some are not.

There are three main classes of parasites that can cause an infection in humans:

  • Protozoa
  • Helminthes
  • Ectoparasites

 

Symptoms

The symptoms of parasitic infections vary depending on the organism. 

For example:

Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a parasite that often produces no symptoms. In some cases, it may cause itching, redness, irritation, and an unusual discharge in your genital area.

Giardiasis may cause diarrhea, gas, upset stomach, greasy stools, and dehydration.

Cryptosporidiosis may cause stomach cramps, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, dehydration, weight loss, and fever.

Toxoplasmosis may cause flu-like symptoms, including swollen lymph nodes and muscle aches or pains that can last for over a month.

 

Diagnosis

Parasitic infections can be diagnosed in a number of ways. For example, your doctor might perform or order:

  • A blood test
  • A fecal exam: a sample of your stool will be collected and checked for parasites and their eggs.
  • An endoscopy or colonoscopy - may be ordered if the results of a stool exam are inconclusive. While you are sedated, your doctor will pass a thin flexible tube through your mouth or rectum and into your digestive system to examine your intestinal tract.
  • X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computerized axial tomography (CAT) - are used to check for signs of lesions or injury to your organs caused by parasites.

 

Prevention

There are several steps you can take to lower your risk of contracting a parasitic infection:

  •  Find out which kind are prevalent in your area or in locations you may travel
  •  Using insect repellant in places where mosquitoes are common
  •  Practice safe sex, using a condom
  •  Wash your hands regularly, especially after handling uncooked food or feces.
  •  Cook food to its recommended internal temperature.
  •  Drink clean water, including bottled water when you are traveling
  •  Avoid swallowing water from lakes, streams, or ponds.
  •  Avoid cat litter and feces when you are pregnant.
  •  If you suspect you have a parasitic infection, make an appointment with your doctor. By getting early treatment, you can help stop the spread of infection  to other people.

 

Home Remedies

These are the most powerful foods and herbs that will help you cleanse your body of parasites:

Fresh Garlic

Garlic is one of the most potent natural antibiotics, It has strong antioxidant and detoxifying qualities and prevents oxidation caused by parasite toxins. It is active components, allicin, and ajoene destroy parasites, amoebas, including one-cell varieties, and pinworms and hookworms. Use the garlic crushed or juiced for best effects.

Ginger

It helps digestion and boosts circulation, so it also treats gas and nausea linked to parasite die-off. It also improves stomach acid production, which destroys parasites and protects infections. To eliminate mucus, use fresh ginger, and take it ground to treat digestive issues.

Probiotic Rich Foods

Consuming high probiotic foods like kefir, sauerkraut and yoghurt can keep parasites in check and improve the health of the gut.

Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most beneficial herbs you can use, with strong anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, worm-expelling, and detoxifying properties. For it is better absorption, mix it with coconut oil and black pepper.

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Sources

Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC)

Web MD

Medline

Medical News Today

Health Line



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