Common Ways of Getting Infected with Harmful Parasites

When people are informed of parasites and what an infection of this sort is capable of, they often refuse to believe that they could ever be a host. There are unknown dangers of parasitic infections all around you. The following are some of the most common ways of getting infected with harmful parasites.

1) Antibiotics

Taking antibiotics interrupts the balance of the friendly bacteria (intestinal microflora) and makes the host (a small rodent to a human) more vulnerable to parasites. The extreme use of antibiotics also encourages the spread of parasites by reducing the body’s own ability to fight back. Because of this, it is hard for a host to develop a strong and healthy immune system. Using antibiotics in animals raised for food or other products has compounded the problems by creating antibiotic-resilient organisms in the food we eat.

2) Pets

Pets have a special meaning to us. We love our pets so much that we share our homes; we let them eat off our plates, get on our furniture, and sleep in our beds with us. It is not a surprise that we can get parasites form them. If you have children and pets at home, be careful of letting your children kiss, or be kissed or licked by your pets. This applies for adults as well. And if you can, have your pets be dewormed regularly.

3) Way of Life

When a person eats an unhealthy diet, it increases exposure to parasites. An inactive bowel promotes imbalances in the intestinal microflora and this promotes the overgrowth of pathogens and viruses. Chronic stress and fatigue weakens the human body. If you like to eat out a lot or have pets, it is important to have a complete parasite examination at least twice a year.

4) Infected food handlers

Infected food handlers, especially untrained or uncaring restaurant employees, do pass along their parasites. Have you noticed that many of the same people who serve you in restaurants, grocery stores, and other places where you buy your food, also handle your money? This lack of sanitation promotes your exposure rate to contagious diseases such as parasites and/or worms. All food handlers need to be tested for parasites. Anyone handling food should be checked.

5) Traveling

World travel has multiplied and many people are traveling to places where they come into contact with polluted food and water. As people from other countries of the world come to this country, guess what they bring with them? Yes, Parasites!!! Someone doesn’t have to have symptoms to be a carrier of these diseases. People without symptoms can be just as infectious and sometimes even more than those people with developed symptoms.

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