How do you get Intestinal Parasites/How can you get it? Intestinal Parasites Causes:
Intestinal parasites are microscopic, one-cell animals called protozoa. They infect the intestines.
They are often transmitted by contaminated food and water and during nonsexual, intimate contact. They may also be transmitted sexually.
They are most common in places with poor hygiene and sanitation.
These parasites are spread when fecal matter — bits of feces — get into the mouth. This can happen through:
- contaminated food or water
- oral and anal sex play, or nonsexual intimate contact, such as diaper changing
How to tell if you have it? Intestinal Parasites Symptoms:
Often there are no symptoms. When there are symptoms, they may include
- diarrhea, which may become severe and chronic
- abdominal pain
- nausea, vomiting
How to know if you have it? Intestinal Parasites Tests:
A health care provider can do tests to see if you have these parasites, even if you do not have symptoms of intestinal parasites.
Your health care provider will examine your stool (feces). Other tests are sometimes needed, such as proctoscopy — a test that involves a health care provider inserting a thin tube that has a light into the rectum.
Relief spells (Rolaids?!) Intestinal Parasites Treatment:
Medicines are available for treatment. Pregnant women cannot take some of them and treatments may not be as effective for people with weakened immune systems.
Alternative treatments may be helpful along with conventional medications. However, your health care provider must find out what kind of organism is causing your problems before you start treatment.
What’s going to happen to me?!!?! Intestinal Parasites Expectations:
Millions of Americans have these parasites. Although these infections are usually asymptomatic and often go unnoticed, some have the potential to become chronic infections and lead to serious health consequences.
Things to be aware of… Intestinal Parasites Complications:
For people with weakened immune systems, such as people with HIV, they can be very serious — even life threatening.
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