Intestinal Parasites is an infection of the intestines caused by a microscopic, one-cell animal called protozoa.

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How you get it:Intestinal parasites are often transmitted by contaminated food and water, and during nonsexual, intimate contact. Certain overseas destinations may have a higher incidence of intestinal parasites. Having HIV and AIDS can lead to intestinal parasites.

Symptoms: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea/ vomiting, gas, rash or itching around rectum, tired feeling, weight loss, and releasing a worm from bowel movements.

Treatment/ Relief: Drug therapies can be prescribed in either one or two dosages. There are both complementary and alternative therapies that can offer rapid results. There are also nutrition supplements available to help maintain the function of the digestive system.

What should you know:

The illness and seriousness of the parasite is determined by the specific intestinal parasite.

How does this impact pregnancy?

Intestinal parasites are serious when a woman is pregnant. It can increase anemia, which will lead to low amounts of weight gain and greater risks for infection.