Can People Get Worms In Australia
You are probably familiar with the old adage that your should always cook your pork or you’re gonna end up getting worms right? No? Just me? Well I heard it a lot growing up in the south. Turns out, it’s kind of true.
It is very possible to get a parasite in your intestines as creepy as that sounds, not that under cooked meat is the only way that this can happen. Hopefully I’ve got your attention because I want to talk to you about intestinal parasite infections and what they are in this article.
What are parasitic worms
Starting with the basics, an intestinal parasite infection is one in which a parasite invades your intestinal tract. This can happen to either humans or animals, and is usually the result of either eating undercooked eat, drinking water that is infected, or worse by coming in contact orally with infected fecal matter or absorbing it into your skin.
These types of parasites can live anywhere in your body, but in reality, your intestines are a parasites dream, allowing them to feed and grow to their hearts content so they prefer to reside there in most cases.
Symptoms of worms
Honestly, determining if you have a parasite is not easy. When you look at a list of symptoms that it can cause, and the number of parasites out there that can life in your intestinal tract, it become apparent that this is not the first thing your doctor is going to check for. And it is probably not the first thing that you are going to think it is.
Most commonly you will have weakness or fatigue, due to the fact that your new friend is being greedy enough to hog a lot of the nutrients you are consuming for itself resulting in lower energy as well as vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. You may also experience inflammation in either your small or large intestine, diarrhea, abdominal pains, and nausea.
This can result in pretty severe weight loss as well as a decrease in the amount of food you want to consume in general since everything just ends up coming out one end or another.
Sadly, intestinal parasites are a type of issue you are less likely to see in your local white collar neighborhood, and much more likely in poorer part of the country and 3rd world nations. Due to their living conditions and poverty stricken locations, they come in contact with the above mentioned factors much more often and you are much more likely to see them affecting people at much younger ages, even childhood.
If a child does experience an intestinal parasite infection and it goes untreated, they are in danger of growing up to develop physical or mental disabilities or even delayed growth in their body as they grow up.
What are the signs
Though most commonly consumed unintentionally, once the parasite enters your mouth and finds its way to your intestinal tract, it can reproduce freely and cause all these symptoms and more based on what kind you end up with. And likely in the end, one of the only ways your doctor is going to figure out that this is the issue you are dealing with will be after he has exhausted some of the more common options based on your symptoms and ends up having a stool sample examined in a lab.
One of the most common ways that these types of infections get diagnosed are from these stool samples because they contain the eggs and larval offspring of the parasite that is now calling your body its new home.
How to avoid
So, generally speaking, all of those stories your parents may have told you were true. However unlikely they were, there is usually a good reason that they always wanted you to cook your meat and wash your hands. The last thing you want to do is end up in the ER with a huge worm in your gut because you decided one day that you were just a little too busy to be bothered washing your hands, accidentally touching your mouth when handling raw meat, or doing that same after having a nice work outside.
If you experience any of these symptoms and it seems like a dead end, this advice might save your life, so be sure to mention it to your doctor if you notice it. Be safe out there and don’t be the home for some worm.