Human Tapeworm

Important Information Regarding Human Tapeworm Infestation

It is estimated that each year there are over one million human tapeworm infestations. These nasty parasites feed off of nutrition supplied by their host and will eventually reproduce and send their fertilized eggs throughout the host’s body which can result in several serious problems.

If you have gone traveling abroad or have recently eaten tainted or unwashed food and are feeling under the weather, it is possible that you contracted a human tapeworm. This article provides useful information regarding symptoms, treatments, and preventions to keep you and your family safe.

If you have continued distress or feel that you may have inadvertently picked up a tapeworm, seek medical advice quickly.

Symptoms

There are several symptoms that manifest in human tapeworm infestations. Once a tapeworm has entered your body and set up shop, you will begin suffering from any number of the following symptoms.

Digestive issues such as constipation and diarrhea are common in people that have tapeworms, as is intestinal discomfort. Because these parasites live off of your body and food supply, you in turn do not get the proper nutrition you need to function properly. Along with the digestive issues just mentioned, the host will also likely experience a fair amount of weight loss as well as malnutrition.

As digested food works its way through your intestines, segments of the tapeworm may get tangled and rip, coming out of your rectum when you defecate. Tapeworm portions are generally white flecks seen in human feces, although you might also find them on your underwear at night and in the morning.

As the tapeworm grows bigger and healthier, it will likely reproduce. Eggs are sent through the host’s body and can cause cysts and growths to pop up in various areas, often resulting in seizures and other neurological problems. If either of these symptoms are present, you need to get to a hospital immediately, as it is likely that doctor’s will want to give you an MRI before treating you.

Treatments

Treatments for tapeworms will vary depending on you and your doctor’s outlooks on holistic medicine, the type of tapeworm itself, and the severity of the infestation. A small tapeworm will be much easier to get rid of than a whole body infestation that resulted in eggs.

Many people that choose to take the natural approach to ridding their body of these parasites opt for specially formulated colon cleanses. These help kill and flush the tapeworm out of the system while also clearing out any constipation, which is a common tapeworm symptom.

 

If you prefer Western medicine, or if your tapeworm infestation is more severe, you will likely be put on prescription medications that are designed to kill the tapeworm and kill and flush out the eggs. If your doctor feels that you may have cysts, you will likely be given an antibody test and an MRI to verify so that treatment can begin.

Prevention

Preventing human tapeworm infestations is a logical process and not hard to do. Practicing good hygiene is one of the most important things you can do. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom and before you sit down to eat. If you handle meat at home or at your job, wash your hands immediately after coming into contact with uncooked meat as well.

Since many people get tapeworms from food, it’s important to cook meat thoroughly and to wash vegetables with a clean sponge and water as well. Meat temperatures need to be at least 150 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure that there is no living bacterium or parasites in your food. This is a common problem for travelers.