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A Look Into 7 Common Parasites in Humans

The thought of having parasites squirming around your innards is enough to make most of us squirm as well, but it’s unfortunately more common than you might think and may be the underlying cause of some health issues.

These parasites can cause stomach upset, itchiness, diarrhea, fatigue, dizziness, and a host (no pun intended) of other problems. Let’s have a look at seven parasites that regularly make a home in humans (make sure you’re not reading this while enjoying a meal)…

1. Hookworm

This not-so-friendly little guy is a type of roundworm, and is transported into the human body from sources like contaminated water, or even fruits and vegetables, according to NewScientist.com. The hookworm’s larvae develop in the intestines, from which they attach to and drink blood from.

Because these worms are essentially draining blood from you, they can cause a condition in some patients called anchylostomiasis, a form of anemia, adds the source. Other related symptoms include abdominal pain and weakness, it notes.

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