Helminthiasis is one of the most unpleasant and vile diseases. Parasites live in the human body, poison the body and cause chronic diseases. You can get sick for years without even knowing it - this stage of helminthiasis is called an erased course.
Due to the inability to completely prevent the entry of worms into the body, it is necessary to know the symptoms they cause, not only in childhood but also in adulthood.
The main danger of the disease in the first stage is that it is quite difficult to detect parasites. The symptoms often coincide with the causes of other diseases.If you find the following sensations and signs, it is recommended that you be tested for helminths:
- unreasonable increase in temperature;
- lymph nodes are unusually enlarged;
- painful muscle pain and joint pain;
- teeth and skin become yellowish;
- anal itching;
- increased appetite;
- skin rashes appear periodically;
- swelling of the legs, arms and toes;
- abdominal pain and gas;
- bitter taste in the mouth;
- frequent snoring;
- insomnia or restless sleep.
Such symptoms are 70% likely to signal invasion. You should immediately consult a doctor and be tested for parasites.
Important!Even if the medical examination of the stool and blood does not show the presence of worms, you should still take the medication recommended by your doctor. Analyzes may not always detect helminths the first time.
The gastrointestinal tract is the main habitat of parasites, although they can spread to any internal organ. By knowing what symptoms exist, you can successfully narrow down the list of helminth species that have settled in the body. What are the signs of worms in the gastrointestinal tract?
- One of the symptoms is pain in the joints and muscles.
- Weakened immunity and the development of various diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
- The total number of eosinophils (a subtype of white blood cells) in the blood becomes higher.
- Allergic reactions occur.
Tapeworm provokes the appearance of manifestations similar to those characteristic of nematodes.If you find such signs, you should consult a doctor and undergo a thorough examination for different types of parasites.
No less dangerous are the parasites that have settled in the respiratory system. In some species, the development cycle necessarily involves the passage of larvae through the lungs of the host. They then return to the intestines through the mouth when swallowed.Possible signs:
- Chest pain and tingling appear in the first place.
- It becomes difficult to breathe: a person is accompanied by shortness of breath and suffocating attacks.
- There is an infection of the lungs with parasites against the background of uncomfortable and weakened state of the whole organism.
- Body temperature rises rapidly.
- In the morning the patient wakes up with bouts of cough with sputum.
- There are problems with the organs of vision.
- The person suffers from extensive allergies.
- Infected people lose their appetite. There are signs of toxin poisoning.
- Increased headache.
- Vomiting and nausea.
In the largest human gland, which performs many important functions, worms also settle. They disrupt its work, causing dangerous diseases.The following manifestations may occur:
- Due to the activity of parasites, anemia develops. The concentration of hemoglobin and the total volume of erythrocytes decrease. The focus is not focused. The patient acquires pale skin and quickly gets tired of any activity.
- The chair is liquefied.
- Symptoms such as swelling and itching appear.
- Pain is felt all over the body.
- The patient has a fever and begins to lose weight quickly.
- A person infected with worms is constantly sick and vomiting.
- Significant deterioration of appetite.
- The liver appears to have become larger.
- Severe nettle rash.
- The patient looks sick.
Important!In advanced cases, parasites in the liver lead to nervous disorders, duodenal ulcers, irritability, headaches and other dangerous consequences.
Eyes or brain
Extreme dangers to human life and health are worms that have chosen the habitat of the organs of vision and brain. Timely diagnosis of parasites in these places will avoid brain damage and blindness.
- Eye damage manifests itself as follows:
- Inflammation of the conjunctiva due to larvae caught in it.
- The eyelids swell like boils.
- The patient feels that something is moving in the eyes.
- Extended ornate lines appear on the skin of the eyelids.
- Conjunctivitis is one of the consequences of infection of the visual organs by parasites.
- Brain damage is expressed as follows:
- Nervous tension and breakdowns.
- Sleep problems leading to constant insomnia.
- It became difficult to drink alcohol. Drinking strong drinks causes severe headaches.
- The back of the head and temples are the main sites of pain.
- Depression does not stop and only gets worse.
- During a headache, the person infected with parasites is constantly sick and wants to vomit.
- Sudden eye problems begin.
Only a qualified doctor can accurately determine the diagnosis. In addition to therapeutic and hospital examinations, the patient is advised, if possible, to contact laboratories specializing in the diagnosis of parasites.
The most common symptoms
Many signs of infection are common to most roundworms or tapeworms. After identifying the main consequences, it is worth moving on to identifying a specific type of parasite for effective treatment with an appropriate drug. Possible symptoms of helminthiasis:
- The skin rash is one of the main signs of parasitic invasion. This can be usually acne, chiria, papillomas, urticaria or eczema spots.
- Chronic cough does not go away after taking antibiotics and expectorants.
- Reduced immunity does not allow the patient to get out of a constant cold.
- The movement of worms inside the body causes severe pain in the joints.
- Blockage by large helminths of the rectum, pancreas and gallbladder is expressed in constipation and bloating.
- Increased nervous activity causes gnashing of teeth.
- Problems with the gastrointestinal tract cause irritability.
- Inflammation of the upper respiratory tract is accompanied by runny nose, pneumonia and other diseases. Such symptoms are especially characteristic of diseases with strongyloidiasis (intestinal acne) and ascariasis (roundworm).
- Metabolic disorders and poisoning with worm activity products cause chronic depression.
The symptoms will allow an experienced therapist to distinguish the parasitic infestation from diseases that have similar symptoms. During the active phase of reproduction, the diagnosis is clarified with the help of tests.
Symptoms of infection in children
Helminths are very dangerous for younger members of the human race. Timely detection of parasites in children is essential for their healthy development. Sometimes the signs of worms in a child's body seem quite harmless, so parents should be extremely careful.
- If the baby snores in his sleep and sleeps poorly, you should consider the presence of spikes in the fragile body. They affect brain tissue, causing nervous reactions.
- The invasion is characterized by both general and local manifestations of an allergic reaction. Giardia causes the following common reactions: nail cracks, bronchial asthma, rhinitis. Local reactions include signs of itching of the skin, dry cough and asthmatic spasms.
- The consequences of a weakened immune system in children are inflammation of the paranasal sinuses (sinusitis), lesions of the oral mucosa (stomatitis), inflammatory processes in the female organs (vulvovaginitis) and bacterial vaginosis.
- Ascariasis and diphyllobotriasis (tapeworm) cause aggression and irritability in children. This is due to brain poisoning with helminth waste.
- Hormones produced by certain types of parasitic worms cause malabsorption of fluids in the gastrointestinal tract. This leads to stool disorders and diarrhea.
If a person has worms, what symptoms can be detected, regardless of age? From depression and allergies to serious diseases of internal organs, disorders of the brain and nervous system.Children are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of parasites.In infants, chronic poisoning with toxic waste products of various worms causes mental disorders and developmental delays.
The first symptoms should be an alarm signal for the need for urgent diagnosis and proper treatment of an established disease. After freeing the body from the presence of helminths in time, the patient will soon recover and return to the joy of life.
Timely medical consultation will help determine the exact type of helminths, which will accurately prescribe effective treatment procedures.