The University of Maryland Medical Center says that parasites can live in the intestines for years without causing symptoms, but when symptoms do appear, they can include:
- Abdominal pain
- Nausea or vomiting
- Gas or bloating
- Dysentery (loose stools containing blood and mucus)
- Rash or itching around the rectum or vulva
- Stomach pain or tenderness
- Feeling tired
- Weight loss
- Passing a worm in your stool
Certainly, if you pass a worm in your stool, it is a clear sign you have parasites. But, I’m glad they included that one in there.
These are not the only signs or symptoms, but they are probably the most common. To put it simply, poor digestion is a indicator that parasites might be something worth considering.
As the UM Medical Center states that parasites don’t necessarily always cause symptoms.
This means, most people who have parasites will experience no symptoms at all. Others, may experience a slow onset of symptoms. And, others still, acute symptoms that come and go in bursts.
Most parasitic infections typically do not cause much of a immediate disturbance in their host, and when they do the symptoms are usually having to do with digestion.
This is because parasites, as the name implies, require a host to live in. Therefore, parasites prefer to keep their hosts alive. They are not designed to instantly to drain you of all your energy and suck the live force out of you. Rather, they tend to more slowly subtract from your life overtime.
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