Tapeworms are an intestinal infection caused by drinking or eating tape worm-contaminated food and drinks. Ingesting tapeworms eggs and larvae cause them to grow inside your intestines and eventually develop into adult tapeworms. When full-grown, tapeworms are long, flat worms that can adhere to your intestinal wall. Adult tapeworms can live in their host for up to 30 years.1
Tapeworms are not a common problem in North American and other developed parts of the world, although infections do occur. In underdeveloped regions where food and drink hygiene standards are low, tapeworm infections are a bigger risk.1,2
What Causes Tapeworms?
You can get a tapeworm infection when their eggs or new larvae somehow enter your mouth and end up in your digestive tract. This can happen by eating food or drinking water that has fecal matter in it that contains tapeworms. Or it can happen by eating raw or uncooked foods that have tapeworms eggs living in it.2
Many people with tapeworms don’t even know they have them. A tape worms infection often causes no signs or symptoms. However, if you have tapeworms, you may experience symptoms like:
In more serious cases, tapeworms may cause tissue lumps, headaches, and seizures.
You can also tell a tapeworms infection by examining your stool. You may notice pieces of tapeworms such as flat or rectangular yellow or white pieces of worm. These are usually the size of a grain of rice but sometimes several are joined together in a chain.2
Natural Remedies and Herbs for Tapeworms
Some of the top natural remedies for eliminating tapeworms include:
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