Parasite Infection Symptoms

“Over half of all Americans will at some point in their lives become hosts to parasites, according to health experts. Since the effects of infection reach far beyond the gastrointestinal tract, it behooves all of us to be on the alert for the wide array of bodily symptoms that signal the presence of parasites. Signs and symptoms may come about during initial exposure, shortly after that exposure, or many months later. What many of us are attributing to old age, stress, or plain old poor health may, in fact, be due to an uninvited guest.”

-Ann Louise Gilttleman
Guess What Came to Dinner

What follows is a listing of potential signs and symptoms that can occur as a result of parasitical infestations in the human body. Many of these could also be caused by other factors, so their occurrence should not be considered the sole factor in identifying parasitical invasion.

Symptoms In Adults

Acute illnesses

  • Appendicitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Flu syndromes
  • Food poisoning
  • Gallbladder attacks
  • Hepatitis

Chronic illnesses

  • Anemia
  • Arthritis Cancer
  • Colitis
  • Immune defects
  • Intestinal ulcers
  • Liver disease (cirrhosis)
  • Lung disease

Eye problems

  • Blindness
  • Dark circles around eyes
  • Puffy eyes

Heart and Circulatory problems

  • Heart palpitations

Mental problems

  • Delusional
  • Depression
  • Disorientation
  • Lethargy
  • Nervousness
Symptoms in Adults (continued)

Metabolic problems

  • Abdominal distention
  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergies (food/environmental)
  • Anemia
  • Anorexia
  • Appetite (ravenous)
  • Belching
  • Bloating (esp. after eating)
  • Bloody stools
  • Blue around lips (pale skin)
  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Convulsions
  • Dehydration (severe)
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness (vertigo)
  • Dysentery
  • Fluid retention (edema)
  • Flu-like symptoms (chills, fever)
  • Foul-smelling, cheesy vaginal discharge
  • Gas/bloating
  • Greasy stools
  • Heartburn (constant, frequent)
  • Hypoglycemic reactions
  • Inflammation (prostate, bladder, vagina)
  • Intestinal inflammation
  • Intermittent loose/hard stools
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mal-absorption of fat
  • Migraine headaches
  • Mucus in stools
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Night sweats
  • Nutritional deficiencies (A, B12)
  • Painful urination
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Poorly formed stools
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Seizures
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Sugar cravings
  • Swollen lymph glands
  • Weight loss (inability to gain)

Muscle – Skeletal problems

  • Cramps
  • Joint/muscle pain
  • Muscular wasting/weakness

Respiratory problems

  • Lung/breathing problems
  • Sinus congestion/heavy mucus

Skin problems

  • Acne
  • DermatitisItchy skin (worse at night)
  • Rectal itching

Sleep problems

  • Insomnia

Teeth problems

  • Grinding during sleep

(SPECIAL NOTE:  An elevation of eosinophils (a type of white blood cell) may also signal a parasite infection.)

Symptoms in Children

In Children…

  • Anal itching
  • Anal rash
  • Bed wetting
  • Colic (babies)
  • Convulsions
  • Crying unreasonably
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Dirt eating
  • “Failure to Thrive”
  • Hair pulling (own)
  • Headaches
  • Head banging (crib)
  • Hyperactivity
  • Limp (persistent)
  • Nose picking (constant)
  • Restlessness at night
  • Skin problems (rashes, eruptions)
  • Teeth grinding/clenching during sleep

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