Parasites

Many people don’t pay much attention to the possibility of parasites, aside from the obvious (and unfortunate) episodes where one might pick up some exotic variety while on vacation. However, parasites are far more common than you might think. In fact, about 33% of Americans suffer from parasites. Lice, ticks, and fleas, while they qualify, aren’t the parasites in question; you’ll find that most parasites like to hang out in the digestive tract, picking up free meals. An infection like this is hard to notice, but there are warning signs. Furthermore, if you are looking for treatments to handle parasites, there are a number of natural remedies. Here are some signs you may have a parasite:

Digestive Issues

Digestive

If you find yourself suffering from constipation, diarrhea, or gas, it could be the result of parasites. Oftentimes, their own digestive processes may trigger symptoms that suggest irritable bowel syndrome, which includes the aforementioned woes, but also things like pain and bloating. If you have diarrhea, especially when you’re traveling or shortly afterward, or you’ve had some bad, lingering experiences with food poisoning, these could be other signs. Likewise, if you never feel full after eating, parasites may be responsible. Generally, when parasites enter the body, they are generally introduced via improperly prepared food, a not uncommon experience while traveling abroad.

Unexplained Aches and Exhaustion

Aches

Not all parasites cause IBS symptoms. Because of the way they feed, parasites may also cause conditions associated with nutrient deficiencies. In fact, if you find yourself suffering from iron-deficiency anemia out of nowhere, a parasitic infection may be responsible. The same is true for skin conditions, such as rash, hives, or eczema. General fatigue, exhaustion, and apathy may also be present, accompanied by random, inexplicable aches and pains. One other uncommon symptom may be the grinding of teeth when you sleep. All in all, if you’re experiencing a number of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to get checked out.