Parasites, Intestinal

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The human intestines play host to an enormous variety of bacteria and fungi. Most of these are harmless or even helpful. However, other microscopic organisms can also take up residence in the intestines. Such organisms are called intestinal parasites. Common parasites include amoebas (especially Entamoeba histolytica ), cryptosporidium, giardia ( Giardia lamblia ), hookworm ( Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus ), pinworm ( Enterobius vermicularis ), roundworm ( Ascaris lumbricoides ), and tapeworm ( Taenia species ). Intestinal parasites can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including gas, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloody stools, itching in the anus, weight loss, and many others. Some parasites are no more than a nuisance, while others can cause serious disease and even death.Conventional treatment for parasites begins with careful identification of the particular parasite involved, followed by the use of medications capable of destroying the infestation. Careful attention to hygiene while camping or traveling in developing countries can help prevent future infections with parasites.

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