How Can Humans Tell If They Have Worms?

By Lee Morgan

Many different varieties of parasitic worms can make their way into the human body through contaminated food, water or other environmental sources, and they can cause a multitude of health problems to the host. Symptoms that may indicate the presence of worms are common to other health problems, but people who suspect they might have picked up a parasite can look for certain signs that often accompany the presence of parasitic worms.

Many different varieties of parasitic worms can make their way into the human body through contaminated food, water or other environmental sources, and they can cause a multitude of health problems to the host. Symptoms that may indicate the presence of worms are common to other health problems, but people who suspect they might have picked up a parasite can look for certain signs that often accompany the presence of parasitic worms.

Itching

Pinworm infection is a common occurrence in children, and the first sign that your child has them is intense itching around the anus. If your child complains of itching, especially at night when he lies down, it is a good possibility that pinworms are the culprit, according to Children, Youth and Women’s Health Services.

These worms, which look like tiny white threads, and their eggs can often be seen with the naked eye around the anus or in the toilet after a bowel movement. If you are unsure or are unable to see them, place a piece of clear tape across the child’s anus, and the worms or eggs will stick to it. A doctor can then place the tape under a microscope to determine the presence of worms.

Anemia

Suspect parasitic worms if you become anemic or develop an iron deficiency. Worms can leach nutrients from the body when they are present in large numbers, according to health expert Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman. Serious infestations can result in enough blood loss to cause noticeable iron deficiency in some people.

Allergies

According to Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, you should suspect worms if you suddenly develop allergic symptoms. Extreme skin rashes with blisters or food sensitivities may develop because of the presence of worms. Seek medical attention for sudden onset of these symptoms as it may indicate an infection caused by the worms. Tissues become irritated and inflamed when white blood cells increase around the site of the parasite infection.

Digestive Problems

Suspect worms as a cause for constipation, diarrhea or stomach bloating. Some worms are able to obstruct the colon and make it difficult to pass waste through the system. In other cases, the body will respond to the presence of worms with diarrhea as a means of flushing toxins from the body naturally. The parasites that make their home in the upper intestine may cause bloating or gas, and worms may also be the culprit of some flu-type symptoms including fatigue.

Anxiety And Restlessness

Suspect worms if the preceding symptoms accompany anxiety or restlessness. Just like any other living organism, parasitic worms produce waste. The waste they leave within the human body contains toxins that may irritate the nervous system and cause anxious feelings or an inability to rest.

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About the Author

Lee Morgan is a fiction writer and journalist. His writing has appeared for more than 15 years in many news publications including the "Tennesseean," the "Tampa Tribune," "West Hawaii Today," the "Honolulu Star Bulletin" and the "Dickson Herald," where he was sports editor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University.

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