What are Intestinal Worms

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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

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Vanya is a passionate writer with interest in the field of health, nutrition, culture, and lifestyle. She wants to spread awareness about mental health and how to tackle it. Apart from work, she spends her time reading books, watching movies, listening to music, and sometimes just collecting her thoughts. One may often find her interacting with nature and its various aspects.

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