Parasites can be very troublesome when they enter a person’s body. Some of the most common parasites are worms, especially roundworms, hookworms, pinworms, and tapeworms.
Roundworms are huge and when they are present in the intestines they cause a disease called ascariasis. The worms are an off-white color and are very long and thick. They most commonly occur in children.
Eggs produced by the worms are taken out of the body through stools. Sometimes children playing in soil that is contaminated with these eggs can get roundworms very easily through touching their mouths with their dirty fingers.
The eggs are problematic because they can live in the soil for many months. In places where people use human waste for fertilizers, this condition is very common.
When a big mass of these large worms nests in the intestines, it can cause a complete obstruction of the bowel.
Hookworms are smaller and attach themselves to the walls of the intestines. When they are located in the bowel, they can cause a serious amount of bleeding and poison a person. The worms are usually found in tropical areas that are very moist.
When they enter blood vessels and are carried to the lungs, they go through the bronchial tube and then down to the small intestine, where they develop into adult worms.
Sever bronchitis is caused by the worms passing through the bronchial tube.
They can also live inside the body for several years and feed off the blood. The hookworms also produce toxins that increase the bleeding when a worm bites into the body.
Pinworms are small and white and about a quarter inch in length. The adult worm lives in the upper colon and feeds on intestinal contents. A mature female worm stores its eggs in the body then migrates from the colon and rectum to the skin, where it lays its eggs.
The eggs cause a tremendous itch, and patients will often scratch around the rectum a lot, which in turn causes the eggs to be picked up by the fingers, usually under the nails.
They are then usually transferred to the mouth and swallowed.
When they hatch in the stomach they move back down to the colon and the cycle continues.
Humans usually contract tapeworms by eating uncooked meat, especially cow meat, because these animals often have tapeworms.
There are some home remedies that can treat these worms, garlic for example. Eating fresh garlic and pumpkin seeds as well will help to get rid of the worms.
Other things that can be eaten includes bistort, black walnut, cascara sagrada, chamomile, herbal pumpkin, male fern, papaya, primrose root, or taheebo.
Eating tomatoes in the morning will help as well. Cranberries and papayas eaten frequently will help get rid of worms.
Drinking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water will help as well.
It is also very important to cook meat and fish fully in order to decrease the risk of getting worms.
Also, washing the hands frequently is crucial especially when being close to human or animal waste, like when changing a diaper or cleaning out the kitty litter.