Gastroenterologist Ezhevskaya: if you always want to eat a certain product, this may be a sign of worms

Gastroenterologist, hepatologist, therapist Elena Ezhevskaya said that the presence of parasites in the body is indicated by several symptoms, often not obvious.

The most famous parasites are helminths (or worms) live in the digestive tract. How do you know when it’s time to see a doctor?

First of all, these are digestive problems:

  • bloating,
  • increased gas production,
  • attacks of nausea
  • abdominal pain, which usually worsens with physical activity or after eating,
  • stool disorder.

If the disease is caused by pinworms, then a clear symptom is severe itching in the perianal area.

A characteristic symptom is constant fatigue. Parasites use the resources of the human body, which is why there is a chronic loss of strength and lack of energy.

— It is important to pay attention to appetite: in patients with parasitic infections it is often uneven. A strong feeling of hunger and overeating alternate with a complete loss of interest in food. Another alarming signal is an uncontrollable sudden desire for certain foods, the doctor noted to Doctor Peter.

An allergic reaction in the form of a rash, hives, especially in children, can also be a sign of parasites.
< br>To prevent infection with worms, it is recommended to follow the following precautions:

1. Maintain personal hygiene: Wash your hands regularly with soap and water before eating, after using the toilet, and after contact with dirt or animals.

2. Drink only clean water: Make sure the water you drink is safe to drink. If the water has not been tested for safety, it is better to drink bottled or treated water.

3. Prepare food properly. Before eating meat and fish, make sure they are completely cooked.

4. Avoid raw or undercooked meat, fish or seafood.

5. Clean vegetables and fruits: Wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly before eating, especially if they will be eaten raw.

6. Avoid contact with dirt, soil or water that may be contaminated with worm eggs. Also try to avoid contact with animals, especially stray or wild ones.

7. Conduct regular medical examinations.

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