Having a parasite in your body might sound scary, but don’t worry since you are not alone in this. As a matter of fact, parasites are more common than most people think. It’s actually a myth that they only exist in countries which are underdeveloped. But, you probably wonder: What is a parasite?
A parasite is a simple celled animal which lives in or on another body or organism of another species from which it gets protection and sustenance, and it usually does harm and doesn’t benefit the host at all.
You should know that the human body is a host of more than 130 different kinds of parasites. Moreover, this infection might range from hardly noticeable, mild and all the way to severe.
According to estimations of experts, approximately 50 million Americans are infected with protozoans and worms, which are kinds of parasites.
In fact, more than 50 percent of the water supply in the United States is contaminated with a parasite by the Name Giardia Lamblia which is a protozoan.
Chlorination does not kill this parasite. According to CDC, this specific parasite leads to more than 2 million cases of infections each year.
10 Signs You Might Have a Parasite
- Unexplained rashes or skin irritations, eczema, hives or rosacea
- Diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia
- Unexplained gas, constipation, diarrhea or other signs of irritable bowel syndrome
- You had food poisoning, and the digestion is not the same since then
- You got traveler’s diarrhea while you traveled internationally
- Experience feelings of apathy, fatigue, depression, and exhaustion
- Grinding teeth in sleep
- You have aching or pain in your joints and muscles
- Sleep issues such as waking up during the night or having trouble falling asleep
- You never feel full or satisfied after eating
The Possibility of Picking Up a Parasite
You should know that being healthy and clean does not necessarily mean that you won’t pick up a parasite.
So, you probably wonder where do they come from? Well, many people have pets. Some people kiss their pets and sleep with them. Others eat smoked or raw fish.
Yes, the situations above mentioned are ones which might increase the possibility to get parasites. You should know that is possible to get parasites from contaminated food handlers at grocery stores or restaurants, dogs, toilets, cats, gardens, horses and gardens.
If you have pets, bear in mind that shots and checkup on a regular basis is a must. In fact, some countries check children for infections every year.
In the USA the threat of these parasites is completely ignored. The problems are usually handled by trying only to resolve the symptoms.