What are parasites?Parasites are organisms that dwell in another organism. In order for the parasite to evolve, it must be able to live inside the other organism (or host). The word parasite is derived from the Greek word "parasitos". Roughly translated it means "alongside food". This really does sum up the intent and goal of a parasite because its only aim is survival through extracting the strength it needs from a carrying host. In other words, it uses the resources of the body it hijacked to stay alive.
Symptoms of a parasitic presenceThere's a vast array of parasitic species, and they vary from country to country. Most symptoms aren't sufficiently disturbing to make someone think there's something wrong. However, the more renowned ones do have a similar set of criteria that can develop suddenly or over the course of time. Common complaints that patients present with are itchiness, sudden weight loss, unexplainable increased appetite, diarrhoea and/or vomiting, sleep disturbances, anaemia, anxiety, abnormal allergic reactions and unusual aches and pains.
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