Intestinal Parasites

Intestinal Parasites

  Autor NN Team Data: 03.03.2009

Intestinal Parasites
Parasites intestinal infection treatment

The intestinal parasites are exactly what their name says: unicellular and multicellular organisms, which populate the gastro-intestinal tract in humans and also animals. They can live throughout the body, but most prefer the intestinal wall which is a proper environment for multiplication. The most cases of parasites infection occur in children, because they play outside a lot, and are not as careful with the hygiene as the adults. 

The parasites may be classified into two major groups: protozoans, organism with only one cell (Giardia) and helminths, the parasitic worms (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms), which are visible to the naked eye. The symptoms of parasites infection are varied, as they depend on the type of parasite and on the body part it populates. We are talking about: abdominal pains, constipation or diarrhea, anemia, anorexia, rectal hemorrhage, chills, cough, chronic fatigue, dizziness, fever, headaches, bloating, jaundice, joints pains, malnutrition and weight loss, weakness, vomiting, insomnia, muscle cramps. However, the most frequent symptoms are the gastrointestinal ones, because the parasites populate the intestine most often. 

The contamination produces easily if we don't make sure that the little one complies with all the hygiene rules. The parasites have different development stages - egg, larva, adult - and they penetrate the body as eggs, that's why we don't see them. There are many ways to penetrate the body: through food, unwashed fruits and vegetables, infected water, infected bed linen, dirty hands. 
Giardia is transmitted through water, because it populates the lakes, fountains, puddles and other water sources and cannot be destroyed by boiling either. It's enough for the water in a puddle to touch the child's hand. If he takes it to the mouth, it may be a source of infection. In other words, the dirty hands are the main source of the problem. Some parasites cause itches in the anal or inguinal parts, and when the baby scratches himself, the eggs get behind his nails and may be transmitted through contact with another child who will touch his mouth with his hand and the parasite will have a new host. It's enough to have only one child with parasites in a community, for all the others to get infected fast. If we want the child to be cured completely, all children in the community must do the tests and follow the treatment, otherwise the infections can reoccur. Another infection source is the contact with an undeparasitated animal. 

The most frequent diagnostic method is the coproparasitologic examination. Briefly, the child's stool is analyzed in the lab in order to notice any traces of parasites, eggs or adults. But the organisms are not so easy to be discovered because an infected child won't eliminate parasites eggs every day. That's why the test must be repeated 3-5 days in a row. If the test confirms the existence of a parasite, the exact type will be identified and the doctor will decide which the best treatment is. It might be the Mebendazole, Metronidazole, Thiabendazole or other medicine, but the doctor is the only one who knows what's best to take. Besides medicine, you may try other natural methods which might stop the 
development of parasites:
  • Avoid giving simple carbohydrates such as fruits, sweets, juices or dairy products to your child. 
  • Add raw garlic to his food (if he is enough big for his stomach to tolerate it), pumpkin seeds, carrots. 
  • Give him plenty of water to drink, in order to prevent constipation and to ease the elimination of parasites. 
  • He must consume many fibers at the same time. 
  • Give him a vitamin C supplement to reinforce his immune system. 

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