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Symptoms of Having a Parasite Infection
What is a Parasite?
The definition of a parasite is: an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); a parasite obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host.
To the entire human race parasites are sneaky little critters that infiltrate our bodies and start camping out. Parasites use whatever resources are available to survive, even if it’s at the expense of host. They breed and grow in or on their host and can be large in size or large in the size of colonies they create. Parasites steal nourishment, cause digestive issues and affect the immune system. They can live in a human host without being detected for months or even years before becoming infectious or parasites can present themselves immediately in skin maladies, joint aches and pains digestive issues and fatigue. In the worst scenarios parasites can even be the cause severely failing health or even death. Parasites can be transmitted into the human body from bug bites, pets, produce fertilized with human waste, skin to skin contact with unwashed hands, contaminated water and in certain situations there have even been cases of airborne transmissions.
There are all sorts of parasites. Some estimates claim that there are over five hundred thousand different parasites that exist in the world. Parasites are broken down into three basic groups. First is the Protozoa. There are more than 45,000 species of protozoa that we are aware of, and many of these species are parasitic. They are single-celled organisms that have the same physiological functions that more complex organisms do. This type of parasites is responsible for more death and suffering than any other type of organism that causes disease. Second is Helminthes. These include roundworms, tapeworms, flukes, and leeches. These are all wormlike creatures, and the most well known is Trichinella spiralis. It lives in animals in their muscle tissue. When humans eat infected pork that is undercooked, they will end up with this parasite in their own intestinal tissue. The biggest of the parasitic roundworms is Ascaris lumbricoides, which grows up to a total length of fifteen inches in the small intestine. Finally the third group is Arthropods. They are organisms that have exterior skeletons as well as segmented bodies. Some arthropods include insects, spiders, and crustaceans. Some of these species carry viral and bacterial diseases. Mosquitoes can carry malaria, yellow fever, heartworm, elephantiasis, and filariasis. Since female mosquitoes need warm-blooded hosts to provide nourishment to their eggs, they penetrate the skin of their host with sucking parts, and the mosquito transfers saliva into the host. That is how these diseases and infections are transferred to humans.
It is pretty well understood that over half, and in some studies up to eighty percent of all Americans will be infected with a parasite at some point in their lives. Yet, many of us do not recognize the signs and symptoms of a parasite infection because a parasitic infection often mimics other diseases with similar symptoms. It is also hard to know when or where one came in contact with a parasite that causes an infection because the symptoms can be delayed weeks or even years after the initial transmission. The most common symptoms of a parasite infection include constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, joint and muscle aches, anemia, allergies, skin conditions, nervousness, sleep disorders, chronic fatigue, and immune dysfunction. All of these symptoms play a part in other diseases and some of them are even looked at as if they were a normal part of life. People in the United States feel sheltered from the onset of a parasite infection because of our sanitary conditions. While it is true the level of sanitation in the United Stated is one of the best in the world there is still a parasite problem among American’s. There are plenty of parasites being brought in from imported food and from world travelers. There are also home grown parasites that a simple bug like a mosquito can transmit and there are also water borne parasite infections like giardia. Not to mention the parasites carried by our loving pets. The bottom line is that parasites are a factor in the health and well being of almost every individual, not just in the United States but worldwide.
That being said it would be important and informative to list some of the symptoms that are common for a parasite infection.
Severe parasitic infections in the bile duct or the intestines can make bowel movements difficult, leading to worsened symptoms of constipation.
Another common symptom of a parasite infection is the development of diarrhea or frequent, loose, watery stools. Many parasites produce a prostaglandin that leads to a sodium and chloride loss in the body. This in turn can cause diarrhea. This process is especially true in the case of protozoan infection. PROTOZOA are single celled, microscopic parasites. They travel through the blood stream like bacteria or a virus. They reproduce by dividing themselves much like bacteria do. The protozoa parasite infestation can sometimes imitate other diseases making it hard to get a correct diagnosis.
3) Gas and Bloating
Parasites that live in the upper small intestines can cause an imbalance in the digestive tract. The imbalance leads to a sour feeling stomach and is often accompanied by bloating and gassiness. Frequent occurrences of gas and bloating might be more than bad food; it might be a parasite infection.
4) Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can vary widely from person to person. Among the most common are:
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- A bloated feeling
- Gas (flatulence)
- Diarrhea or constipation — sometimes alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea
- Mucus in the stool
IBS is a disease that can be both imitated or possibly even caused by a parasite infection. An intestinal parasite like the hook worm can dig in and attach its self to the intestinal wall. This often causes irritation and inflammation. The body’s reaction to the irritation is to adjust fluid and mucus levels to flush the irritant out.
5) Joint and Muscle Aches
Intestinal parasites can also move and migrate throughout the body. It is not uncommon for them to become encysted in joint fluids or even in the muscles themselves. This causes pain, aching and irritation that are often mistaken for arthritis. Joint and muscle pain can also be caused by the body’s own immune system response to the parasite infection.
An allergic reaction is a defense against certain irritants. Sneezing, a runny nose and watery eyes are all flushing responses to a particular irritant like pollen. When intestinal parasites irritate the digestive tract another possible response from the body’s immune system is to increase the production of eosinophils. Eosinophil granulocytes, usually called eosinophils are white blood cells that are one of the immune system components responsible for combating multi-cellular parasites. Eosinophils then inflame the body’s tissue which causes a flushing action to dispose of the irritant. In other words parasites can cause an allergic reaction.
7) Skin Conditions
Parasites often present themselves in the form of a rash or red scaly skin. Parasites like ring worm live near the surface and feed on the nutrients delivered by the blood system. Ring worm is actually a fungal infection. For the purpose of this article fungus is just another parasite. Another cause for rough, red, scaly skin is similar to the allergic reaction spoken of above. The body releases hormones and immune system defenders that can in turn irritate the skin. Hives, rashes, weeping eczema, and other reactions are common when the body is trying to flush out a parasite infection. Protozoan infections can also cause ulcers, swelling, sores, lesions, and dermatitis. I know because I have experienced this myself.
Intestinal parasites release waste products and other toxic substances into the body’s system. In chronic or severe parasitic infections, these toxins may irritate the central nervous system resulting in restlessness, nervousness, and anxiety. These are all common symptoms of parasites in your body.
9) Sleep Disorders
Parasites can cause irritation that can disturb sleep patterns making it difficult to fall asleep and to stay asleep. In the night, the body works to eliminate toxins via the liver. Parasitic infections can interrupt this process and upset the rhythms of the body. In fact, some parasites may try to migrate out of the anus at night causing itching, discomfort, and irritation. Pin worms are an example of this process.
10) Chronic Fatigue
Parasites can exhaust and deplete the body, on physical, mental, and emotional levels. It can lead to the mal-absorption of protein, carbohydrates, fats, and vitamins, draining the body of both nutrients and energy. As a result, another common symptom is the development of chronic fatigue, with symptoms such as exhaustion, aches, apathy, depression, difficulty concentrating, and impaired cognitive ability.
11) Immune Dysfunction
Oftentimes, when you have a parasite living inside of you, it will leech vital nutrients from the body, forcing the immune system to operate with a poor supply of vitamins, minerals, and energy sources. Parasites also stimulate the production of immunoglobulin A, which is a defender against foreign substances. Over time, this over stimulation can exhaust the body’s supply of immunoglobulin A, leaving the body susceptible to attacks from bacteria, yeast, fungus, virus, and other foreign invaders.
To sum all of this up parasites can infiltrate the human body even in sanitary environments. They can take a normal, healthy life and turn it upside down. They can be transmitted from one host to another from either direct or indirect contact. They live, feed and breed in their host’s body and rob it of important nutrients while causing all sorts of havoc in the digestion tract, the immune system and on the skin. A good parasite cleanse can help to prevent some of the issues that a parasite infection can cause.
Grandma's Herbs offers a great formula, Parasites & Worms. This has been one of the most effective formulas for Grandma's Herbs customers. Grandma’s Herbs has also put together the Parasite Cleansing Package, it can provide a more complete cleanse. The package includes SuperLax and Herbal Colon Cleanser to completely flush the parasites out of the body. We suggest this once per year as a precautionary measure against parasite infections. This formula has been one of the best formulas for Grandma's Herbs customers. There have literally been thousands of people in the United States that have successfully used our Parasites & Worms. Don't take any chances with those sneaky little critters. Rid yourself of parasites before they become unmanageable and start affecting your health and well being.
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