In the U.S., there are many types of worms that may infect humans. Just a few of the different types of worms that affect humans include tapeworms, hookworms, giardia, and flat worms. Each worm belongs to a different category as follows: Tapeworms, (Cestodes); hookworms, pinworms, and roundworms (Nematodes); giardia (Protozoa); and flat worms, (Trematoda).
There are more than 3,200 types of parasites in existence today, Some parasites, sucha s the bloodworm are more likely to be found in animals such as horses, while others, such as the tapeworm, are more likely to be found n humans. Some are more likely to be contracted overseas, while others (in the U.S.) are likely the result of poor hygiene.
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Protozoa and Nematodes are more likely to be contracted while traveling in other countries. The most common type of nematode is the roundworm and the most common type of Protozoa is giardia. Giardia may be contracted by drinking infected water, but it is less common than roundworms. It is estimated that one in every four humans is infected with roundworms.
When it comes to symptoms and severity, symptoms vary and parasites rarely cause any serious (or fatal) complications, especially in Europe and North America. Symptoms of parasites in the human body may include any of the following:
Loss of appetite
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These symptoms are also very common symptoms for many other diseases and conditions, so its best to visit your physician for an accurate diagnosis. Your 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 the same antibiotics and methods of prevention.
Parasites can be eliminated from the body through the use of colon cleansers or colonics, several rounds of antibiotics, or any number of medications prescribed by your doctor. To prevent parasites, you should avoid eating undercooked meats, chestnuts, sugar, watercress, and refined carbohydrates. You should avoid swimming in lakes, rivers, streams and you should never use the microwave to cook meats.
It is also important to wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, whether it is in your home or in a public place. You should 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.
Some individuals would prefer to eliminate parasites the natural way, if at all possible. A number of natural remedies may or may not be effective. It really depends on the method, how advanced your condition is, and your own individual system and what it can handle. Even if you do decide to use a natural remedy, you should always speak to a physician first. If he says it is ok to try a natural approach, then you should consult an herbalist.
Some common herbal remedies for parasites include:
Black walnut leaves, wormwood, quassia, cloves, male fern
Capsicum, wormwood, sage
Cramp bark, pumpkin seed, capsicum, thyme, garlic
Black walnut, pine needles, sassafras
No matter which approach you choose – conventional or natural, you must change your eating habits eating habits immediately, especially when traveling. Certain foods, spices, and beverages might help ward off parasite infections or keep you from becoming infected through food or water sources. These include:
Apple cider vinegar
Bottled or distilled water
Organic fruits and vegetables, washed thoroughly
Thoroughly cooked meats and seafood
For more information about roundworm, read our article All About Roundworm.