We know what you’re thinking: “Parasites? Isn’t that something only world travelers have to deal with?” While the idea of bugs in your body might seem a little crazy at first, parasites are actually incredibly common. One out of three Americans is infected with an intestinal parasite at any moment, according to Dr. Oz, but the body’s built-in immune defenses will sometimes keep that parasite in check so that it stays undetected. What’s more, parasites “can occur anywhere in the body, in every organ, in all tissues and in the blood,” says Humaworm, which means it’s not just your digestive system that can be impacted. In some situations, those parasites get stronger and start causing symptoms that let you know they’re gaining control. So do you think you might have a parasite? Here are ten signs that let you know:
- Mood Swings and Anxiety: As parasites attack the body’s nervous system, they bring out toxic waste, which can show itself in mood swings, depression, anxiety, forgetfulness, unclear thinking and more.
- Fertility Issues: Not only does the weakened immune system caused by parasites make it easier to develop health problems in general, but also it specifically can cause sexual and reproductive problems. If you’re dealing with unexplained impotence, erectile dysfunction, candida, cysts, menstrual problems, prostate problems or water retention, parasites could be at work.
- Abdominal Pain and Bloating: Always feel like you have a stomachache? Dealing with gas and bloating all the time? You might have an intestinal parasite.
- Skin Disorders and Allergies: One of the most common symptoms of parasites is inflammation, which can show itself in skin irritation and allergies, as well as through dry skin, dry or brittle hair, rashes, eczema, swelling, sores, etc.
- Ongoing Diarrhea: One night of loose stools isn’t necessarily a warning sign, but ongoing diarrhea—for two weeks or more—signals that something seriously wrong is going on. Likewise, if you experience drastic changes in your bowel movements, like the amount increases or the appearance is significantly altered, it might be a reason to think you’re infected.
- Muscle and Joint Discomfort: Suffering from a lot of muscle pain? Have a fast heartbeat and feeling tingling in your hands and feet? Cysts, inflammation, arthritis, muscle pain and other joint issues can be signs of toxins from parasites pooling in various parts of the body.
- Unexplainable Exhaustion: If, no matter how much or how often you sleep, you’re burned out and tired, you could have a parasite. This is also true if you’re having difficulty sleeping and waking up frequently during the night.
- Rectal Itching: Resist the urge to scratch major itching around the anus—what seems like a light annoyance could actually be a sign that something’s wrong inside, especially if it’s happening mostly at night. Parasites penetrate the skin in a way that can cause itching and irritation, both in this area and around the nose or elsewhere on the skin.
- Sudden Weight Loss: Drop 10 pounds or more in a short period of weeks and don’t know why? You could be dealing with a parasite. Parasites rob the body of nutrients, leaving it with fats and sugars and causing weight and appetite problems.
- Other Health Problems: Not falling under the above categories, other parasite symptoms include unclear vision, bad breath, chronic viral issues, body odor, excessive saliva and/or respiratory problems.
If you have one or more of these signs, further investigation is warranted, especially if you are struggling to figure out the cause of your symptoms. The bottom line is that parasites are a root health issue that can cause a host of other problems in the body. When you’re facing unexplainable chronic health issues and don’t know what could be going on, the answer may be parasites.