Intestinal Worms If Left Untreated

If intestinal worms are left untreated in humans, the symptoms associated with the condition can become worse. Depending on the type of worm, intestinal worms can cause:

Abdominal discomfort
Anemia
Bloody stools
Chills
Constipation
Coughing
Diarrhea
Eye pain
Fatigue
Fever
Gas
Insomnia
Loss of appetite
Mental dullness
Nausea
Nervousness
Protein deficiency
Rashes
Stomach bloating
Vomiting
Weakness

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Some of the most dangerous symptoms such as anemia, protein deficiency, and vomiting can cause major health problems such as muscle loss, weight loss, osteoporosis, malnutrition, mental illness, and even 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.

The different types of worm categories are 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 contract roundworms or other types of worms by ingesting them through contaminated water or uncooked foods. Humans may also contract worms from pets or even from shaking hands with an infected person.

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To detect worms, a physician will collect a feces sample and examine it for parasites and/or eggs. Fortunately, most parasites can be eliminated through a round of antibiotics or by using several natural remedies. Parasites can be eliminated from the body with colon cleansers and/or colonics, several rounds of antibiotics or medications as prescribed by a physician, or by utilizing a number of different herbal or natural remedies. It’s best to meet with an herbalist to discuss the best remedied for intestinal worms. Your herbalist may suggest one or more of the following:

Black walnut leaves, wormwood, quassia, cloves, male fern
Capsicum, wormwood, sage
Cramp bark, pumpkin seed, capsicum, thyme, garlic
Black walnut, pine needles, sassafras

Most 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:

Cranberry juice
High-fiber foods
Pumpkin seeds
Garlic
Pomegranates
Apple cider vinegar
Figs
Bottled or distilled water
Thoroughly cooked meats and seafood
Organic fruits and vegetables, washed thoroughly

Preventing Intestinal Worms in the Human Body

Avoid the following foods and activities:

Undercooked meats
Chestnuts
Sugar
Watercress
Refined carbohydrates
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.

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