If you think you may have seen a worm crawling around underneath your skin, there’s a chance it might be a fluke infection. A fluke infection can occur after you have ingested the parasite through drinking infected water, eating infected aquatic vegetation, eating infected raw meat or snails, shellfish, crustaceans, or fish or swallowing infected water while fishing or transmission from wet hands to the nose or mouth.
Once ingested, flukes make their way through the digestive system or liver. Some flukes live in the lungs while others inhabit the brain, heart, or skin. Flukes in the digestive system or liver, disrupt nutrient absorption and digestion. If you have a fluke infection of the liver or digestive system, you may experience abdominal pain and chronic diarrhea. Ulcers, hemorrhage, abscesses of the intestinal wall, and liver damage are common from long-standing infections. Severe toxemia may occur if host’s body absorbs the worm’s metabolites.
Fortunately, flukes can be killed before they become a threat to potential hosts. All you have to do is thoroughly cook meats and vegetables taken from potentially harmful waters. It is important to note that smoking, salting, drying, and picking does not always kill flukes in meat or fish.
If you already have a fluke infection, several medications are available to treat the condition. The most common medications used to kill flukes include tetrachloroethylene, praziquantel, and niclosamide. Please talk to your doctor for additional details.
Note: Fluke infection is uncommon in humans in the U.S., however, flukes can be found anywhere in the world where human waste is used as fertilizer. Fluke infections are most common in Africa, the Orient, South America, and the Middle East.
Other Types of Worms in Humans
At any given time, the human body may be infected with dozens of different types of parasites, such as worms. Some parasites are microscopic while other worms in humans are quite visible to the naked eye. Certain types of parasites are found more often in animals, for example, the bloodworm typically infects horses. Other types of parasites may affect humans more often. In all, there are more than 3,200 types of parasites in existence today and they are divided into the following categories: Cestoda, Nematoda, Protozoa, and Trematoda.
Just a few of the different types of parasites that may infect humans include: tapeworms, (Cestodes); hookworms, pinworms, and roundworms (Nematodes); giardia (Protozoa); and flat worms, (Trematoda).
The most common type of worm in humans is the roundworm. It is estimated that one in every four humans is infected with roundworms. It is important to keep in mind, however, that parasites rarely cause any serious (or fatal) complications in Europe and North America. No matter what type of worm the human body may be infected with, whether it’s a bloodworm that somehow made its way into the human digestive system (extremely rare) or a roundworm, the vast majority of parasites cause some of the same unpleasant symptoms. Symptoms of parasites or worms in humans may include:
Loss of appetite
It is important to keep in mind that these symptoms are also common symptoms for many other diseases and conditions, so its best to consult a physician for an accurate diagnosis. A physician will test for parasites by taking a feces sample and examining it for parasites and/or eggs. Fortunately, the vast majority of parasites can be eliminated by using some of the same methods or by ingesting some of the same types of medications or antibiotics.
Parasites can be eliminated from the body through the use of colon cleansers and/or colonics, several rounds of antibiotics or medications as prescribed by a physician, and/or by utilizing a number of different herbal or natural remedies. It’s best to consult an herbalist for the very best herbal remedies to get rid of worms in humans. That said, there are several popular (and effective) remedies consisting of the following combinations of herbs and ingredients:
·Black walnut leaves, wormwood, quassia, cloves, male fern
·Capsicum, wormwood, sage
·Cramp bark, pumpkin seed, capsicum, thyme, garlic
·Black walnut, pine needles, sassafras
In general, herbal remedies should be taken orally for a minimum of two weeks.
Some individuals may complain of re-infection. It is very important to change your eating habits immediately if you suspect a parasite or worm infection. It’s best not to go back to your regular eating habits in order to prevent re-infection. Certain foods, spices, and beverages might help to ward off parasite infections or to keep you from becoming infected through food or water sources. These include:
Apple cider vinegar
Bottled or distilled water
Thoroughly cooked meats and seafood
Organic fruits and vegetables, washed thoroughly
Avoid the following foods and activities if at all possible:
Swimming in lakes, rivers, an streams
Using the microwave to cook meats
And finally, never underestimate the power of clean hands! You should always wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom whether it is in your home or in a public place. In addition, wash kitchen utensils and countertops with hot soapy water after each use and wear gloves when changing your cats litter box or cleaning up after your pets.
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Can a spike worm get under the skin as well as.in the nose? If so will it move to the brain. My daughter has me so worried I cannot find articles that talk about this can you help please.