November 12, 2009

Treating Worm Infections in Humans

Posted in Category : Common Ailments

The symptoms of worm infections in humans are usually that of malnourishment that is caused by the worms parasitically taking nutrition from the gut of the host. Nearly all of the parasitic worms that infect human beings have their primary site of infection in the intestines of the host. However, an important part of the lifecycle of some worms involves migrating to other parts of the body like the spinal cord. This is especially true for a tapeworm infestation on consuming the eggs of a worm from contaminated soil mixed with feces. This form of worm infection is particularly dangerous as the worm can migrate to the outer layer of the brain and impair nervous function.

The symptoms of worm infestation usually have slight variations depending on the type of worm that has taken up residence in the host. It is important to eliminate some of the more severe forms of worm infestation that occurs in tropical belts like schistosomiasis and filariasis. Worm infestations that require a deeper understanding are more of the variety of tapeworms and pinworms as well as a few nematode species that can cause ascariasis. Pinworms infestations cause the disease enterobiasis. This disease affects people the world over and is transmitted with an intermediate vector like another animal. It is curious to note that worm infestations are a consequence of improper hygiene practices as well as the consumption of meat that is infected, though this does not absolve the improper washing of vegetarian foods from being a causative factor. Since most parasitic worms infect the intestines, the usual symptom is a loss of weight and diarrhea. Considering that the worms themselves are nearly microscopic, it would seem odd that they are able to cause such a great deal of malnourishment but the fact is that these parasites reproduce in such large numbers that they actually can cause malnourishment. In the case of ascariasis, the worm larva burrows through the intestines, into the lungs and back into the intestines where they mature. In the process of this activity, the worms cause diseases like pneumonia in the host.

Treating worms infection involves the use of a class of drugs called anti-helminitic drugs. The most standard irrespective of the type of worm is albendazole. Naturally, this can be combined with certain herbs that have similar properties. Clove is one of the most potent in this regard along with neem oil. These should be consumed in their raw state to maintain the potency of these herbs.