There are a number of different tests that physicians may use to determine if an individual is infected with worms. Because there are literally more than 100 different types of worms or parasite that can infect humans, your physician may order a blood test or a urine or stool culture. All collected materials will be examined under a microscope. Your physician may also check the eyes, as dark circles under the eyes may indicate a parasite infection.
When testing for worms, your doctor may ask a series of questions to determine if you are experiencing symptoms related to a parasite infection. These may include diarrhea, fever, coughing, vomiting, mucous in stools, abdominal cramps and gas, loose, foul-smelling stools, loss of appetite, and listlessness. Many individuals infected with parasites also feel “sick” overall, but not sick enough to interfere with normal daily activities.
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Your doctor will also determine if you have certain conditions that are common in individuals infected with worms. He might test for allergies, digestion problems, infections such as yeast/candida infection, bacterial dysbiosis (bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine), and metabolic problems that may cause weight loss (underweight).
The different types of worms your physician may be testing for include:
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Parasitic worms belong to four groups including Cestoda, Nematoda, Protozoa, or Trematoda. Tapeworms are Cestodes, while hookworms, pinworms, and roundworms are Nematodes. Giardia are Protozoa and flat worms are Trematoda.
Of these five common 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. Although this may sound alarming, there’s no need to panic. Parasitic worms such as roundworm rarely cause serious complications in Europe and North America.
Humans may contract worms by ingesting them through contaminated water or uncooked foods. Humans may also contract worms from pets and even from shaking hands with an infected person.
After being tested and diagnosed with worms, your physician will prescribe antibiotics based on the type of worm and severity of the condition. In addition to antibiotics, parasites can be eliminated from the body through the use of colon cleansers and/or colonics 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 a parasite infection. In the meantime, 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 they will 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
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.
For more information about parasitic worms, visit the official World Health Organization website at www.who.int.