Tapeworm and how to know its infection
Many people fear a tapeworm infection, especially with the spread of frightening stories of worms that lived for long periods and grew to reach large sizes inside human bodies, but the symptoms they cause and the way in which their presence can be discovered remains unclear for some.
A tapeworm is a parasite that lives in the human intestine, and is similar to a tape measure, and a person usually becomes infected if he eats infected or undercooked meat.
It is important for a person to be aware of the symptoms caused by a tapeworm, in order to be able to treat and get rid of them, as they do not disappear by themselves, but rather remain inside the intestine and multiply through eggs.
If a person feels a change in appetite, or if he eats large amounts of food while his weight is low, then he may be infected with the worm.
Also, some types of tapeworm cause symptoms similar to those resulting from anemia, because they feed on vitamin B12, which is dangerous because the body needs this vitamin to form red blood cells.
If a person experiences difficulty walking, or with "stiffness" or body rigidity, these are signs of anemia, but they may also be an indication of a tapeworm infection.
It is noteworthy that tapeworm eggs resemble small grains of rice or seeds, and if they hatch, the larvae can sometimes crawl into the intestine and live there, causing symptoms similar to those caused by the common cold, such as coughing.
And one can, in some cases, notice small white pieces in the stool, which may mean infection with the worm, according to the American "Fox News" website.
Although these symptoms can be observed easily, in many cases a person does not know that they have a tapeworm, because there are no obvious symptoms.
To confirm whether a person has a tapeworm or not, a stool test is required. It is very important to take appropriate treatment to get rid of the worm, as it grows and multiplies inside the body.
And some tapeworms grow to a length of 25 feet inside the host body, whether human or animal, and the larvae move to other parts of the body and infect parts of the tissues, in the brain and in other areas.