Tapeworms are one of the most common types of parasitic infections that can be found in humans and animals, and they are diagnosed and treated with at least a few thousand cases happening every year.
Direct exposure to tapeworms and their eggs is the main factor that puts you at risk of becoming infected with the parasites yourself. There are many ways in which this can happen, including contact with infected fecal matter, foods or disposed of medical material that might contain remnants of the eggs.
Tapeworm infections are common in people who work with children or animals where they might have been directly exposed to the eggs. It’s one of the easiest parasitic infections to treat, but it has to be diagnosed before you can proceed with any type of treatment. Contracting tapeworms could mean that the rest of your family is also at risk.
Here are 14 common typical tapeworm symptoms that you should know about.
1. A Persistent Fever
A fever is the body’s way of increasing the natural body temperature to the point where it becomes an uninhabitable vessel for any bacteria or infection. Even though this is what a fever tries to do, it often only makes the patient feel worse than they already do and it puts the heart and organs under even more pressure than they were before this – and this is why it’s so important to bring a fever under control the moment you notice it.
Paracetamol is one of the only consistent treatments for a fever: If your fever doesn’t subside after it’s been treated with a simple dose of paracetamol, consider it a more serious symptom than before and see your doctor even if you aren’t experiencing any other symptoms of tapeworms that appear on this list.
When you do experience other symptoms that accompany a fever, speak to your doctor and mention a comprehensive list of symptoms for a faster, easier diagnosis.