Many different types of parasites may find their host in a human body. Some research has indicated that the number of different types exceeds well over 1,000. Unfortunately, only a select few are detected using common lab tests. The following is a list of the most common types of parasites that may infect a human body.
One of the most common parasitic worms that can be found in the human body is the roundworm. It is estimated that over a billion people have roundworms in their intestines. These parasitic worms can grow to about 15 inches (38.1 cm) and are able to lay 300,000 eggs per day. Flu-like symptoms and constipation may coincide with infection. Colon inflammation and difficulty absorbing nutrients may follow. In extreme cases, they can be removed through surgery.
Pinworms, or threadworms, affect over 500 million people with the majority of those people being children. They are about 1/3 inch (8.46 mm) long and are characterized by causing itching around the anus area. They can be identified by shining a light into a stool sample or by placing a piece of tape on the anus and removing the tape to inspect for stuck worms or eggs.
Hookworms find the lungs, as well as the intestines, hospitable. They can be contracted by ingesting contaminated food or water or by entering directly through unprotected skin. The point of entry for these parasitic worms may remain red or itchy after they have successfully entered the body. Preliminary symptoms of hookworm infection may include wheezing, a dry cough, a low-grade fever or a bloody septum. Hookworms that infest the intestinal tract may result in appetite loss, abdominal pain, diarrhea and anemia.
Tapeworms are probably the most notorious of parasitic worms. They can measure up to 20 feet (6.096 m) long and infestations are usually the result of consuming uncooked beef. Tapeworm infection bears some similar symptoms to other worm infestations, such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation and weight loss.
Despite their pervasiveness and the potential seriousness of untreated infections, it should be noted that parasitic worms can be treated with the proper use of herbs. Some of the most common herbs used to counteract parasitic worm infections include wormwood, black walnut hulls and cloves, though these herbs must be used in conjunction with each other for maximum effectiveness. Other herbs and foods that may used include garlic, pumpkin seeds, yogurt and other known bacteria and infection-fighting agents. In addition, measures taken to ensure sanitation and hygiene can often help to prevent initial infection.