When it comes to using conventional drugs and treatments for worms, many people prefer not to expose themselves to what they consider “toxic chemicals.” For these individuals, herbal and home remedies are popular for the treatment of conditions that are not considered life threatening. While parasitic worms are not often fatal, if left untreated, they can lead to a host of unpleasant (and many dangerous) symptoms such as:
Loss of appetite
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Some of the most dangerous symptoms of worms such as anemia, protein deficiency, and vomiting can cause health problems such as muscle loss, weight loss, osteoporosis, malnutrition, mental illness, and heart disease. Anemia can cause blood loss, shortness of breath, chronic fatigue, severe sensitivity to cold, and weight loss. Frequent vomiting can cause weight loss, nutrient deficiency, hair loss, tooth erosion, spasms, dizziness, and esophageal erosion and ulcers.
To detect worms, your physician will collect a feces sample and examine it for parasites and/or eggs. Your physician will recommend several treatment options depending on the type of worm. The treatment options may include oral antibiotics or topical treatments. Herbal and home remedies are as follows:
Colon cleansers and/or colonics
Black walnut leaves
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Most herbal or home remedies should be taken orally for a minimum of two weeks. Some individuals may complain of re-infection. To help avoid this, it is very important to change your eating habits immediately. Certain foods, spices, and beverages might help to ward off parasite infections as well or they may 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
About Parasitic Worms
The different types of worms include Cestoda, Nematoda, Protozoa, or Trematoda. Common types of worms from each category include tapeworms, (Cestodes); hookworms, pinworms, and roundworms (Nematodes); giardia (Protozoa); and flat worms, (Trematoda). According to the World Health Organization, although the more than 2 billion people around the world are infected with one or more of the existing 3,200 parasitic worms, the most common type of parasitic worms in humans is the roundworm.
It is estimated that one in every four humans is infected with roundworms. Humans may become infected with roundworms or other types of worms by ingesting them through contaminated water or uncooked foods. Humans may also become infected by interacting with pets or even by shaking hands with an infected person.
Intestinal Worm Prevention
Avoid the following foods and activities:
Swimming in lakes, rivers, an streams
Using the microwave to cook meats
You should always wash your hands thoroughly after a visit to the restroom 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.
For more information about parasitic worms, visit the official World Health Organization website at www.who.int.