Human worms---intestinal parasites---can show up in both adults and children and are harmful to the body. You can catch worms by touching infected surfaces or consuming egg-contaminated foods and beverages. Worms including tapeworms and roundworms live in and feed off the intestines. It is essential that you seek treatment immediately if you think you have worms to prevent serious health problems.
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Identify the signs and symptoms. If you experience abdominal cramping, loss of appetite or nausea, you may have worms. Parasite infections cause diarrhoea and/or bloody stool, or you may notice a worm in your stool.
Make an appointment with your physician. As parasites are intestinal, it is not a good idea to try to treat them with herbs on your own. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, many herbs suggested for intestinal worm treatment can be toxic and harmful to your body.
Your health care provider may ask about recent travel, eating habits or weight-loss efforts. Depending on your answers, your doctor will test you for worms. Once the type of intestinal worm is determined, he will write you a prescription. You may also want to ask your physician about alternatives, such as homeopathic treatments or herbs.
Follow the instructions on your prescription or for your alternative treatment to make sure you completely rid yourself of the parasites. According to UMMC, prescriptions are often given in one dose or several doses over a few weeks.
Eat a nutritious diet. One of the best ways to help your body eliminate the worms is to eat healthy food. UMMC suggests that consuming foods such as pomegranates, carrots and garlic will help clear parasites. In addition, eat a good amount of fibre and drink plenty of water.
Tips and warnings
- Wash or sanitise your hands thoroughly before eating to kill germs and avoid parasites.
- Clean kitchen counters and sinks with disinfectant before and after food preparation to prevent worms.
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