Parasites that can infect people are everywhere. They live on other living things including animals and humans to get food and survive.
A variety of insects, worms and single-celled organisms cause parasitic infections, which number in the millions annually in the U.S.
Sometimes humans can suffer severe life threatening infections when they have a parasitic attack. Parasitic diseases could be caused mainly by Protozoa and Helminths.
Protozoa are single-celled organisms that behave like tiny animals — hunting and gathering other microbes for food. Many protozoa call your intestinal tract home and are harmless. Others cause diseases, such as: giardia or malaria.
According to Mayo Clinic, protozoa often spend part of their life cycle outside of humans or other hosts, living in food, soil, water or insects. Some protozoa invade your body through the food you eat or the water you drink.
Helminths are among the larger parasites. If this parasite — or its eggs — enters your body, it takes up residence in your intestinal tract, lungs, liver, skin or brain, where it lives off your body’s nutrients. Helminths include tapeworms and roundworms.
Seek medical care if you suspect that you have an infection and you have experienced any of the following:
- An animal or human bite
- Difficulty breathing
- A cough lasting longer than a week
- Periods of rapid heartbeat
- A rash, especially if it’s accompanied by a fever
- Blurred vision or other difficulty seeing
- Persistent vomiting
- An unusual or severe headache
Once you have your diagnosis, start taking this simple tea to help your body clear itself out (Watch the video below).
- 1 clove of garlic
- A thin slice of ginger
- Grate ¼ clove of garlic and ½ a slice of ginger into a small saucepan.
- Add a cup of water and heat on your stove at the lowest setting.
- As it begins a light boil, remove from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.
- Take 2-3 times a day before meals.
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