3 Scariest Parasites In The Human Body
Parasites are organisms that live inside humans and animals called a host, they cannot produce their own food and energy and are dependent on the host to survive. They get their nutritional requirements from the host organism. There are numerous parasites in our environment that enter our body and affect our health, some through contaminated water or food, some live on the skin and hair.
Common parasites include:
1. Stomach and intestinal worms (threadworm, hookworm)
Parasitic worms are very small in size and can live inside our bodies. Usually we get their eggs through swallowing something contaminated. Some young worms or larvae enter the body through skin. After entering the body, worms hatch out of the eggs and cause sickness. They usually take nutrition from our body before it is digested so that we do not get enough nutrition. Worms can spread to other parts of the body, like blood and the liver, and adversely affect their functioning.
2. Skin mites (scabies) & Hair and Body lice
These are small organisms that can affect the health of our skin and hair. They cause itchiness on the skin, especially the scalp.
3. Protozoa (Giardia)
Protozoa are single-celled microscopic organisms that move on their own. They hardly affect our bodies and only some of them can cause disease. One example is Giardia Lamblia.
In early stages abdominal distress like diarrhea, fluid loss, and burning sensations can be experienced in varying degrees. When parasitic infection moves from the initial stage to chronic you may experience constipation, intense burning, cramping, and abdominal bloating. You may experience sudden weight loss, food cravings, and blood sugar fluctuations. If left untreated it can lead to anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.
Here are more symptoms:
Since parasites feed off the body they can make you mentally and physically exhausted. When parasites enter the body and absorb your vitamins, minerals, fats, and carbohydrates, the body is left drained. This results in acute exhaustion, depression, and difficulty concentrating.
2. Stomach Disorders
This is the most common sign of parasites in your body. They block the passage of nutrients and can cause constipation, they also serve as barriers from eliminating toxins at various
3. Sleep Disorders
Parasites in the intestinal tract can cause insomnia. They adversely affect the nervous system which causes sleep disorders. They upset routine and cause anal itching which disrupts sleep.
4. Skin Disorders
Parasites in the intestinal tract release hormones that cause skin irritation which causes rashes, hives, eczema, and other skin reactions. Other symptoms include dry skin and hair, hair loss, itchy nose, skin allergies, swelling, sores, and anal itching.
5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
IBS is a sign of parasites in your body. Parasites dig in and stick to intestinal walls causing irritation and inflammation which leads to stomach cramps and intestinal blockage, it also makes it harder to digest food.
6. Body Aches
Parasites keep moving and become enclosed in a cyst-like pocket in joint fluids and muscles which results in irritation and pain which is often mistaken as arthritis pain. Muscle pain can also be caused by the immune system’s response to parasites entering your body.
This is the medical term for teeth grinding, clenching teeth tightly together or grinding back teeth over each other when the person is sleeping. This is caused by anxiety and depression from toxins produced by parasites.
8. Other symptoms
These include diarrhea, excess saliva, bad breath, unclear vision, fever, poor immune system, respiratory problems, and body odor. Feeling hungry even after eating and problems with menstrual cycles are some factors associated with parasites.