Human Tapeworms

Information About Human Tapeworms

Human tapeworms are a type of parasite that makes their home in a host's intestines.  People that are most likely to end up with these are those with poor hygiene or individuals who are exposed to livestock, travel frequently to developing nations or consume undercooked or raw meat.  The most common types found are dwarf tapeworms, beef tapeworms, fish tapeworms and pork tapeworms.

Ingesting Eggs

So, how do you actually become infected with human tapeworms?  The most common way is by ingesting soil, food or water that is contaminated with either animal or human feces.  This actually happens quite easily when an infected animal that has tapeworms contaminates the soil by passing eggs through their feces.  Anyone who eats food that has been grown in that contaminated soil has a good chance of becoming infected.

After your body has been introduced to the eggs, they turn into larvae.  The larvae then makes its journey through your intestines to other areas of your body such as the lungs or liver, where they form cysts.  This type of infection happens most commonly with pork intestines.

Human tapeworms are also very common from consuming undercooked meat from either infected fish or animals.  The tapeworms find some muscle tissue to attach themselves to where they develop into adults.

Signs And Symptoms

The majority of sufferers with human tapeworms experience absolutely no symptoms at all.  Others will have headaches, stomach aches, seizures, loss of appetite, diarrhea, bacterial infections and fever.  Symptoms are often dependent on what type of tapeworm the individual actually has as well as where the parasite is located in their body.  Dog tapeworms can cause serious illnesses while fish tapeworms are known to cause anemia.

Treatment And Prevention

Human tapeworms can survive in some tough conditions but they do not get a long with a few things that can be used as prevention and treatment methods.