What are Intestinal Worms

by Vanya Sharma last updated -

 Likes  Comments

Intestinal worms are one of the two types of intestinal parasites that are called helminths, while the other type is single-celled protozoans. Typically, there are three different types of intestinal worms – flukes, roundworms, and tapeworms. These can lay eggs in the body, leading to intestinal worm infections, which is when things can get very bad for the hosts.

Intestinal worms can be extremely dangerous to your health and wellness, namely because they prevent you from receiving the nutrients you need. When you have multiple intestinal worms, serious infections can occur. You can become infected by intestinal worms in a number of ways, but primarily through ingestion by the mouth.

  • Parasitic worms are most commonly contracted by eating unclean food that has either been poorly preserved or undercooked.
  • Parasitic worms like to lay their eggs in this type of meat, which is why hygienic preparation of food is the best way to prevent this type of parasitic infection.

2D illustration of a worm infestation in the human intestines

Parasitic worms are useful in medicine and health promotion as well because they are good indicators of parasitic infections of water or crops. However, inside the body, they can wreak havoc, causing helminthiasis.

In terms of treatment, there are certain medications that can be taken, deworming protocols are in place in certain countries, and surgery is the final, most extreme solution. However, many people choose to turn to dietary changes as a way to prevent or eliminate intestinal worms

DMCA.com Protection Status
About the Author

Vanya Sharma handles the medical expert collaboration for Organic Facts. A writer at heart, she joined the website while she was still pursuing her English Literature degree from IGNOU, Delhi, India. She is also responsible for the website’s monthly newsletter and website content and contributes to Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube regularly. Currently pursuing an e-course offered by Stanford University, ‘Introduction to Food and Health’, she aims to bring unbiased and helpful information to all those seeking to make their health and lifestyle a priority.  

Rate this article
Average rating 4.3 out of 5.0 based on 6 user(s).