Parasites

Also indexed as:Giardia, Pinworms, Worms
Food and water: sources of life—but also possible sources of parasites. Rid yourself of these intestinal pests and the infections they cause. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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Food and water: sources of life—but also possible sources of parasites. Rid yourself of these intestinal pests and the infections they cause. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
  • Stay hydrated

    When diarrhea strikes, replace lost fluids and replenish electrolytes by drinking sports drinks or other rehydration solutions

  • Make prevention a priority

    When traveling to areas where parasitic infections are common, don’t drink the tap water and avoid uncooked foods, foods prepared by street vendors, ice, and fruits that cannot be peeled

  • Soothe the symptoms

    Stop diarrhea and reduce upset stomach with over-the-counter remedies, such as loperamide (Imodium A-D) and bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol)

  • Try a natural treatment

    Talk to a professional about treating parasitic infections with natural antimicrobials, such as propolis, and berberine-containing herbs, including barberry, Oregon grape, goldenseal, and goldthread (Coptis chinensis)

  • Talk to your doctor

    Ask about medications used to kill intestinal parasites, such as mebendazole (Vermox), thiabendazole (Mintezol), and metronidazole (Flagyl), and medications used to alleviate diarrhea, such as loperamide (Imodium) and diphenoxylate (Lomotil)

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The information presented in Aisle7 is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.