What are the different types of parasitic worms?

Many different types of parasites can find their host in a human body. Some research has indicated that the number of different types exceeds more than 1,000. Unfortunately, only a few are detected by common laboratory tests. The following is a list of the most common types of parasites that can infect a human body.

One of the most common parasitic worms that can be found in the human body is the roundworm. It is estimated that more than a billion people have roundworms in their intestines. These parasitic worms can grow to about 15 inches (38.1 cm) and can lay 300,000 eggs per day. Flu-like symptoms and constipation may coincide with infection. Colon inflammation and difficulty absorbing nutrients may follow. In extreme cases, they can be removed by surgery.

Pinworms, or pinworms, affect more than 500 million people and most of those people are children. They are about 1/3 inch (8.46 mm) long and are characterized by itching around the anus area. They can be identified by shining a light on a stool sample or by placing a piece of tape on the anus and removing the tape to inspect for stuck worms or eggs.

Hookworms find the lungs and intestines hospitable. They can be contracted by ingesting contaminated food or water or by entering directly through unprotected skin. The entry point for these parasitic worms may remain red or itchy after they have successfully entered the body. Early symptoms of hookworm infection may include wheezing, dry cough, low-grade fever, or a bloody septum. Hookworms that infest the intestinal tract can cause loss of appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and anemia.

Tapeworms are probably the most notorious parasitic worms. They can be up to 20 feet (6,096 m) long, and infestations are usually the result of eating raw meat. Tapeworm infection has some symptoms similar to other worm infestations, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, and weight loss.

Despite their pervasiveness and the potential severity of untreated infections, it should be noted that parasitic worms can be treated with the proper use of herbs. Some of the more common herbs used to counteract parasitic worm infections include wormwood, black walnut hulls, and cloves, although these herbs should be used together for maximum effectiveness. Other herbs and foods that can be used include garlic, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, and other known bacteria and infection-fighting agents. Additionally, measures taken to ensure sanitation and hygiene can often help prevent initial infection.

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