Parasites and worms are a common problem among humans and animals, but they can be treated with the right remedies. This post will discuss the different treatments available for parasites and worms, including home remedies and over-the-counter medications. We will explore the pros and cons of each option and discuss the best methods for preventing and treating parasites and worms. Additionally, we will provide tips on how to recognize the signs of an infestation, so that you can get the help you need as soon as possible. Finally, we will look at the various natural remedies available and provide resources for further reading. By the end of this post, you should be able to identify the right treatment for your situation and take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from parasites and worms.
What Are Parasites and Intestinal Worms?
Stomach Worms (Scientific Name) is also known as Intestinal Parasite Infection (Common English), Pet ke Kide (Hindi/Urdu), Potatil Jant / Krumi (Marathi), Vayirrup pulukkal (Tamil), Kadupu Purugulu (Telugu), Wei ruchong (Chinese), Gusanos Estomacales (Spanish), vermes estomacais (Portuguese), Petera krmi (Bengali), zheludochnyye chervi (Russian), cacing perut (Indonesian). An infestation of worms in the digestive system is quite common, particularly in young children, who usually contract them at school. Worms can sometimes be seen around the anus, or in the feces, and they inflame the area of the bowel or rectum where they attach themselves. Worms and other intestinal parasites which infest human beings are found in all countries of the world. However, they are more common in tropical and subtropical areas and are widely prevalent during the rainy seasons. Children are more infested with these worms than adults. There are several types of intestinal worms. The most common of these are roundworms, pinworms, threadworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms, flukeworms and giardia. Microorganisms naturally inhabit and move through the body. Some are harmless, while others cause sickness. Infections can occur when parasites make their homes in your skin, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, liver, and other organs. Parasites require a host (e.g., human cells) to live and thrive. Many microorganisms see the human being as a lovely place to live. Such organisms can block the function of organs. They cause depletion of nutrients as they consume what is valuable to us. They eliminate their own waste products, leaving us overloaded with toxins to break down. Here’s how to make your body and home an inhospitable place for such creatures to settle down.
Several types of worms can exist as parasites in humans, ranging in size from microscopic to many meters in length. Most infestations are uncommon in the U.K. and the U.S., apart from threadworms. There are at least 134 varieties of parasites, with two main types. Ectoparasites live on the outside of the body (fleas, ticks, and lice) and endoparasites (giardia and amoebas) live on the inside, primarily in the digestive system. Parasites considered dangerous are known as pathogens. The World Health Organization considers parasitic invasion among the six most harmful diseases. Here is the list of common intestinal worms.
- Ascaris lumbroides: This parasite causes the most common human worm infection in the world. Infection is common in the southeastern United States. In children, it can cause abdominal cramps and malnutrition. Fecal-oral transmission often occurs via uncooked or unwashed vegetables.
- Hookworm: Hookworm is not as common in the United States as in other parts of the world, yet cases do occur. It usually causes no symptoms, although a skin itch may be present. Acute symptoms can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, and many others. These worms can live up to ten years. They are transmitted via direct contact with soil containing the eggs of hookworms. Approximately 25 percent of the world’s population is infected with hookworms.
- Strongyloides: The eggs of these worms can penetrate the skin and migrate to the lungs and the intestines. Most infections occur via the fecal-oral route. Infected people may be asymptomatic or may have various digestive problems. Liver and nervous system infection can also be serious problems.
- Threadworms: These are tiny, white threadlike worms which infest the rectum, are not dangerous, although they do tend to disturb sleep. They cause itching around the anus, and sometimes mild, colicky abdominal pain.
The usual symptoms of intestinal worms are diarrhea, foul breath, dark circles under the eyes, constant desire for food, restlessness at night with bad dreams, anemia and headache. Roundworms may give rise to inflammation of the intestine and lungs, nausea, vomiting, loss of weight, fever, nervousness and irritability. Pin worms and thread worms may bring on intense itching in the area around the rectum. Thread worms may cause periodic bouts of diarrhea alternating with constipation, loss of weight, cough and fever. Hookworms may give rise to anemia and nutritional disorders. The presence of giardia may result in pain in the calves and weakness in the legs. Diarrhea and abdominal pain are the most common symptoms of a parasitic infection. However, in many cases of a parasite infection, these symptoms may not be present. A whole list of symptoms and conditions could be related to a parasitic infection. Examples include loss of appetite, fatigue, constipation, depressed immunity, food allergy, fever, chills, heartburn, stomach pain, inflammatory bowel disease, lower back pain, itchy anus, rash and skin itching, hives, weight loss, arthritis, bloody stools, mucus in the stool, colitis, Crohn’s disease, flatulence, foul-smelling stools, malabsorption, rectal bleeding, mood changes (depression, irritability), and vomiting.
Worms may be acquired by eating infected meat, by contact with soil or water contaminated by worm larvae, or by accidental ingestion of worm eggs from soil contaminated by infected feces. Parasitic infections were once thought of as a problem that existed mainly in developing countries. After all, diarrheal disease (from parasites and bacteria) is the greatest worldwide cause of death. Global travel has been a major contributor to the spread of parasitic infections in North America. Contaminated water and food are also major contributors. In addition, better diagnostic techniques have provided a more accurate identification of parasites and have led researchers to conclude that parasitic infections are much more common than previously thought. The eggs of these parasites are introduced into the human system through the medium of food or water, especially under cooked meat. Roundworms may result from dirty fingers and food. Hookworms enter the human body through the skin from infected water. The tapeworms are transmitted into the body through under cooked flesh foods or foods contaminated by dogs. The real cause of intestinal worms, however, is wrong feeding. The eggs of these worms, taken into the human body through food and water can breed in the intestines only if they find there a suitable medium for their propagation. This medium is an intestinal tract clogged with morbid matter and systemic refuse due to wrong feeding habits.
Expel Intestinal Worms with Correct Treatment
The first step in treating a parasitic infection is to get a proper diagnosis. This is mainly dependent on a stool analysis. We highly recommend using a laboratory that specializes in comprehensive parasitology testing. Many of the stool tests done by clinics are not sensitive enough to pick up all of the different forms of parasites. Certain blood tests by your doctor can also help to pinpoint a diagnosis. In some cases, we treat patients for a parasite infection when they have the symptoms and the history that match a parasite infection, even though lab testing does not show a positive result. Some parasitic infections are hard to detect, but when diagnosis is uncertain, they should be treated. Natural therapies work well and should be used for a minimum of two months. Please note that natural treatment of parasitic infections should be done under the guidance of a knowledgeable health care practitioner or doctor.
Natural Home Remedies To Expel Worms
- Coconut : Coconut can be complete cure. Among the numerous home remedies found beneficial in the treatment of intestinal worms, the use of coconut is most effective. It is an ancient remedy for expelling all kinds of intestinal worms. A tablespoon of the freshly ground coconut should be taken at breakfast followed by a dose of castor oil after three hours. The process may be repeated till the cure is complete.
- Garlic : It is an easy home remedy. Garlic has been used for expelling intestinal worms from ancient times by the Chinese, Greeks, Romans, Hindus and Babylonians. It is also used by modern biological practitioners for this purpose. Garlic is a well known vermifuge and has a long history of being used to prevent and treat worms and parasites in animals as well as people. Both fresh garlic and its oil are effective. Add garlic to your meals. It can be eaten raw by blending it into pesto and dips. Contrary to popular opinion, cooking garlic destroys little of its medicinal properties. According to the latest studies, the active ingredients may diminish a bit with cooking, but are still present. An ancient method of its medication was to place a couple of cloves of fresh garlic in its shoe. As the person walks, it is crushed and the worm killing garlic oil is absorbed by the skin and carried by blood into the intestines as possesses the powerful penetrative force. This method is worth a trial by those who do not like the taste of garlic and cannot eat it.
- Lemon : It is an alternative cure. Give 5 lemon pips, ground and mixed with honey, daily for 5 days.
- Carrot : Carrot eliminate worms naturally. The carrot is valuable in the elimination of threadworms from children as it is offensive to all parasites. A small cup of grated carrot taken every morning, with no other food added to the meal, can clear these worms quickly.
- Pumpkin Seeds : Raw pumpkin seeds are effective natural treatment tp kill worms and parasites. Pumpkin seeds and extracts have been shown to immobilize and aid in the expulsion of intestinal worms and other parasites. They can be ground up if desired. Consume 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup daily with 8 oz of water. OR Try seeds of the ripe pumpkin. They are useful in intestinal worms, especially tapeworms. An infusion, prepared from the seeds after they are peeled and crushed, will kill parasites and help in expelling the tapeworm. It will be necessary to fast for a day and empty the intestines by taking the juice of boiled dry prunes. The next day, three or four tumblers of this pumpkin seed infusion should be taken. Alternative practitioners often suggest that people with intestinal parasites eat one ounce of pumpkin seeds a day while the problem lasts. You could munch on pumpkin seeds and ginger for a double whammy.
- Papaya Juice : Papaya juice has antiworm effects. The digestive enzyme papain in the milk juice of the unripe papaya is a powerful anthelmintic for destroying roundworms. A tablespoon of fresh juice and equal quantity of honey should be mixed with three to four tablespoons of hot water and taken as a dose by an adult. This should be followed two hours later by a dose of 30 to 60 ml. of castor oil mixed in 250 – 375 ml. of lukewarm milk. This treatment should be repeated for two days, if necessary. For children of 7 to 10 years, half the above doses should be given. For children under three years, a tablespoon is sufficient. OR Papaya seeds are also useful for this purpose. They are rich in a substance called caricin which is a very effective medicine for expelling roundworms. The alkaloid Carpaine found in the leaves has also the power to destroy or expel intestinal worms. They are given with honey. OR According to Venezuela and Colombia folk healers, coarsely cut, ripe, unpeeled pineapple fruit is steeped in 1 quart of boiling water for up to 3 hours. This can be accomplished by first putting the cut chunks of unpeeled fruit in a 2 – qt. fruit jar and then pouring the hot water over them. Seal with a ring type of lid while steeping this way. Strain the infusion and drink up to 4 cups a day in between meals and on an empty stomach in order to expel greater numbers of intestinal parasites.
- Cayenne Pepper : Yes, cayenne pepper helps to expel intestinal worms. Cayenne pepper and senna can be combined; the former stuns the worms and the latter encourages them to be expelled. Mix in a little live yogurt, to avoid irritating the digestive tract.
- Pomegranate : Pomegranate is an old Indian folk medicine. The bark, both of the root and the stems of pomegranate tree, is well known for its anthelmintic properties of destroying parasitic worms. The root bark is, however, preferred as it contains greater quantity of the alkaloid punicine than the stem-bark. This alkaloid is highly toxic to tapeworms. Ninety to 180 ml. of the cold decoction of bark, preferably fresh bark, should be given three times at intervals of one hour to an adult. A purgative should be given after the last dose. The dose for children is 30 to 60 ml. The decoction is used for expelling tapeworms.
- Triphala : Nausea and vomiting may also be a sign of worms. If a person has a history of passing worms in the stool and gets repeated attacks of nausea and vomiting, use this strategy. Take the herb vidanga, about 1/2 teaspoon twice a day with a little warm water. Keep the colon clean by taking 1/2 teaspoon triphala at night for several weeks. Mix the triphala into 1/2 cup of warm water, let it steep for 10 minutes, then strain and drink.
- Turmeric : It is the herb that really works. Indian folk healers recommend this tasty spice for getting rid of worms, particularly nematodes. Turmeric contains four compounds with antiparasitic action. Individually, each of these compounds is ineffective, but when they’re mixed together, they have strong worm killing properties. The best way to take turmeric is to enjoy curry dishes, in which it is a key ingredient. It is responsible for yellow color for curries.
- Traditional Ayurveda Formula : Worms and parasites such as roundworms and pinworms can cause rectal itching. If worms are the problem, you may be able to eliminate them entirely with this herbal formula. Mix together vidanga 5 parts, shardunika 2 parts, and trikatu 1/8 part. Use 1/4 teaspoon of this mixture twice a day washed down with warm water after meals.
- Eliminate Parasites From Water: Boiling water for at least 10 minutes at sea level and 15 minutes at higher altitudes is the only sure way to destroy critters. This kills protozoa—microscopic organisms that can take over one’s intestinal tract and invade other organs as well. Giardia, a protozoan endoparasite that thrives in the duodenum and small intestines, is the most common. Giardia and amoebas have two main stages of life: the mobile, active form (trophozoite) and the inactive stage (cyst). Consider getting a water filtration system as parasitic outbreaks sometimes come through tap water. A water filter with a size no less than 3 microns helps remove the 5-micron size giardia cyst.
- Use Clean Vegetables: Washing food, dishes, or brushing teeth in contaminated water can cause infestation. One half teaspoon of Clorox (not the generic) added to a gallon (3.8 L) of water can be used to soak vegetables and fruits for 15 to 30 minutes. After, soak produce in clean water for 10 minutes. One-fourth cup (60 ml) of apple cider vinegar can also be used per sinkful as a parasite deterring cleanse for produce.
- Prevent Anal Itching: Applying petroleum jelly scented with a few drops of eucalyptus, lavender, or tea tree oil to the rectal area of people affected by pinworms every night for six weeks will keep the female worms from being able to lay eggs and help relieve itching.
- Avoid shaking bed sheets out in the morning, which will cause the eggs to spread. Just fold them carefully before washing.
- Sugar products should be reduced or avoided to optimize the health of your immune system.
- Follow meticulous hygiene. Wash hands in hot soapy water before meals and after going to the bathroom. Keep fingernails short and clean to deter scratching.
- To avoid infestation, wash laundry, including sheets and towels, in hot soapy water and dry in a hot dryer to kill eggs.
- For children with worms, have them wear underwear tight enough to keep parasites from spreading to other family members. Wash hands after diaper changes. Toys and water faucets should be sponged down with a mild bleach solution daily.
- Wash toilet seats and vacuum everything including the couch.
Q. What are intestinal worms?
Intestinal worms, also known as helminths, are parasitic worms that live in the intestines and can cause a variety of health problems. They can be divided into two main groups: roundworms and flatworms. Roundworms, such as hookworms, whipworms, and pinworms, can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, and malnutrition. Flatworms, such as tapeworms, can cause abdominal discomfort, fatigue, and weight loss.
Q. What are 5 types of worms?
- Roundworms: These small, thin worms are the most common type of parasitic worm. They are found in soil, water, and other areas where they can get into the body through contaminated food or water.
- Tapeworms: These worms can live in the intestines of humans and animals, where they attach themselves to the intestinal wall and absorb nutrients. They can grow up to several feet long.
- Hookworms: These worms are most commonly found in tropical and subtropical climates. They can enter the body through the feet, where they attach themselves to the intestinal wall and feed on blood.
- Flukes: These flatworms are found in water and can enter the body through the skin or ingested food. They can cause serious health problems if left untreated.
- Whipworms: These worms are found in the intestines of humans and animals, where they feed on the small intestine’s lining. They can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, and other symptoms.
Q. What causes worms in humans?
Worms can enter the human body through contaminated food and water, contact with infected soil or feces, and insect bites. The most common types of worms that infect humans are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
Q. What are signs or symptoms that I have worms in stomach? What are symptoms of worms in humans?
Signs that you may have worms include abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, excessive gas, loss of appetite, weight loss, intestinal blockage, itching around the rectal area, and dark circles under the eyes. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek medical advice.
Q. What are signs of child having worms?
Signs that a child may have worms include:
- Itching around the anus
- Visible worms in stools
- Abdominal pain or discomfort
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Disturbed sleep
Q. How do I get rid of worms naturally? How to get rid of worms in humans without medication?
- Eat foods that are high in fiber such as beans, apples, and carrots. This can help move the worms through your digestive system.
- Drink plenty of fluids such as water and juice to help flush out the worms.
- Take an over-the-counter anti-parasitic medication.
- Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after using the bathroom and before handling food.
- Clean your home and garden regularly to reduce the presence of worms.
- Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. This can help strengthen your immune system and make it less susceptible to worm infections.
Q. What foods kill worms in the body? How to expel worms naturally?
Foods that can kill intestinal worms are garlic, pumpkin seeds, papaya, carrots, onions, and pomegranate. Coconut oil also has antimicrobial properties and can be used as a natural dewormer. Additionally, herbs such as wormwood, thyme, and dandelion can be used to help rid the body of worms. Few food tips to try:
- Eat foods high in fiber: Foods high in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, help to sweep debris and waste from the intestines which can help to expel worms naturally.
- Consume garlic: Garlic has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for parasites. Eating raw garlic or taking garlic supplements can help to expel worms naturally.
- Drink hot liquids: Drinking hot liquids, such as herbal teas, can help to flush out parasites from the digestive tract.
- Consume apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help to expel worms naturally.
- Eat pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds contain a compound called cucurbitacin, which has been shown to have antiparasitic properties that can help to expel worms naturally.
Q. How do you treat stomach worms in children?
The treatment for stomach worms in children depends on the type of worm. Generally, an anti-parasitic medication is prescribed to kill the worms. The medication is typically taken for a few days. In some cases, a second dose may be necessary. It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions for the medication and any follow-up appointments. Additionally, good hygiene and frequent hand-washing is important to prevent reinfection. Additionally, keeping the home and yard clean, providing clean drinking water, and cooking food properly can help reduce the risk of infection.
Q. When a human mistakenly consumes a fruit that contains a worm, will the worm survive in the stomach?
No, the worm will not survive in the stomach. The acidic environment of the stomach and the strong digestive enzymes will break down the worm, killing it.
Q. What happens if one accidentally eats a worm while eating a fruit or vegetable?
Eating a worm is not considered dangerous, but it may cause some stomach discomfort. If this occurs, drink plenty of water and contact your doctor if symptoms worsen or persist.
Q. Do worms in cherries harm the person eating them?
No, worms in cherries will not harm the person eating them. Worms are harmless and, if eaten, will pass through the digestive system without any adverse effects.
Q. What happens if you eat a mango with mango worms or larvae?
If you eat a mango with mango worms or larvae, there is a risk of digestive upset and food poisoning, as the worms and larvae may contain bacteria, parasites, and other harmful organisms. It is best to avoid eating any fruit that contains worms or larvae.
Q. Will pinworms go away naturally?
Yes, pinworms can go away naturally, although it can take several weeks for the infection to clear up. Treatment with medications is the most effective way to get rid of pinworms.
Q. How do you test a child for worms?
The most common way to test a child for worms is to have a doctor or nurse collect a stool sample. The sample will be sent to a laboratory and examined for evidence of worm eggs. Other tests may include a blood test to check for anemia, or an ultrasound of the abdomen to look for adult worms in the intestines.
Q. Can you get worms from salmon?
No, worms are not typically found in salmon. Eating raw or undercooked salmon could make you sick, however, as it can contain parasites that can cause food-borne illness.
Q. How do you treat worms in humans at home? How do you get rid of stomach worms?
- Increase fiber intake: Increasing fiber intake by eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains helps move food through the intestines, which can help expel worms.
- Increase vitamin C intake: Vitamin C helps boost the immune system and increase iron absorption, which can help reduce worm infestations.
- Eat anti-parasitic foods: Eating anti-parasitic foods such as garlic, onions, papaya, and pumpkin can help kill off worms and reduce infestations.
- Take anti-parasitic herbs: Herbal supplements such as wormwood, black walnut, and clove can help kill off worms in the intestinal tract.
- Take probiotics: Probiotics may help restore the balance of good bacteria in the intestines, which can help reduce the risk of worm infestations.
- Practice good hygiene: Good hygiene is key to preventing and treating worm infestations. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after using the restroom or handling pets.
Q. How do I know if my child needs deworming?
If your child has symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, they may need to be dewormed. Other signs include weight loss, anemia, and fatigue. If you suspect your child needs to be dewormed, it is best to speak to your child’s doctor for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Q. How do I know if I have pinworms? What are the symptoms for pin worms?
Pinworms are usually diagnosed by a physical exam of the anal area, or by a simple test that involves collecting a sample of material from the anal area and then examining it under a microscope for the presence of pinworm eggs. If you suspect you may have pinworms, you should see your doctor.
Q. Where do pinworms come from?
Pinworms are small parasitic worms that can infect humans. They are most commonly spread through direct contact with infected people or by ingesting contaminated food or water.
Q. What is the fastest way to get rid of worms in humans?
The fastest way to get rid of worms in humans is to take a medication prescribed by a doctor. Commonly prescribed medications for worms include mebendazole or albendazole, which are usually taken for three days. In addition to taking medication, it is important to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands regularly and avoiding contact with soil that may be contaminated.
Q. How can I prevent getting pinworm?
To prevent getting pinworm, you should practice good hygiene, including washing your hands regularly with warm water and soap, avoiding scratching your bottom, and washing your bedding and underwear regularly. Additionally, it is important to avoid sharing items such as towels, toothbrushes, and clothing with others. Properly washing fruits and vegetables before eating them can also help prevent the spread of pinworm.
Q. How do you get rid of intestinal worms in cats?
The most effective way to get rid of intestinal worms in cats is to use a topical or oral deworming medication prescribed by a veterinarian. Depending on the type of worms present, the veterinarian may suggest a particular medication. A stool sample should be collected and analyzed to determine the type of worms present before starting treatment. In addition to deworming medication, a cat’s environment should be kept clean to prevent reinfection. Good hygiene such as regular litter box cleaning, hand-washing after handling the cat, and avoiding contact with other cats that may carry parasites, can help reduce the risk of reinfection.