Presenting this medical condition can cause discomfort in the digestive system and even effects on sleep habits.
There are multiple types of intestinal infections that can affect human health. Among the most common are those that are produced by parasites, which are more frequent in areas where there is no access to drinking water or there are health problems of various kinds.
Among these intestinal parasites, one of the best known is that of the Taenia tapeworm, an animal better known in popular culture with the name of “tapeworm” or simply “tapeworm”. Frequently, tapeworms have the ability to leave their eggs or larvae in food and drinks, which once enter the body causing real discomfort in patients.
According to the mayo clinic In the United States, there are two types of infection that these organisms can generate in the human body: their eggs can lodge and develop in the intestine, causing an intestinal infection, or they can reach other organs and, with it, give rise to an infection invasive.
In fact, once the eggs reach the intestine they become larvae, they have the ability to move and can migrate to different organs.
These eggs are not only lodged in dirty food, poorly washed or in contaminated water, but can also be found in the raw meat of animals that also harbored these parasites.
“Many people with an intestinal tapeworm infection have no symptoms. If the infection causes you problems, the symptoms will depend on the type of tapeworm you have and its location. Invasive tapeworm infection symptoms vary depending on where the larva migrated to. explain it Mayo Clinic.
Tapeworm infection is also known as taeniasis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (CDC, for its acronym in English), those who have this health condition may present stomach discomfort, pain in the abdomen and loss of appetite.
“The most visible symptoms of taeniasis are the elimination of proglottids (segments of the tapeworm) through the anus and feces”, the CDC points out.
That medical source warns that it is unlikely to infect other people with this parasite, because unlike viruses or bacteria, these parasites generally stay in the body of their host.
“However, if the eggs of T. of the throne, you can get a disease called cysticercosis. For example, People who do not practice good hygiene and who have tapeworms, with or without symptoms, can shed tapeworm eggs in their feces and inadvertently contaminate the environment. This can lead to the transmission of cysticercosis to themselves or to other people without knowing it”, the CDC notes.
Generally, when medical professionals identify that a person is living with tapeworms, they can prescribe some anti-parasitic medications to reduce the symptoms and root out the tapeworms.
Other parasites that can affect gastrointestinal health include pinworms, which can cause a condition known as threadworm. According to the mayo clinicthese animals are one of the main causes of intestinal infections worldwide.
“While the infected person sleeps, the female parasites lay thousands of eggs in the skin folds around the anus. Most people infected with pinworms have no symptoms, but some have an itchy anus and restless sleep.”indicates the mayo clinic.
The affectations can be so annoying that some patients may develop insomnia, be irritable and even agitated.
Among the risk factors, the mayo clinic cite age: children between five and ten years are more likely to develop these infections and live in overcrowded conditions.
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