Intestinal parasites are more problematic than you may think. At Hoyt Integrative Health, we are committed to providing holistic care to residents of Temecula Valley, Murrieta, and the surrounding areas. Here’s what to know about intestinal parasites.
Symptoms Related to Intestinal Parasites
Intestinal parasites can live in your body for years without causing recognizable symptoms. When they cause symptoms, these can include:
- Abdominal pain
- Gas or bloating
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stomach tenderness and pain
- Itching, hives or rashes
- Anal itching
- Feeling tired
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS
- Weight change
Internal Parasites Cause Autoimmune or Gastrointestinal Conditions
Internal parasites can cause gastrointestinal inflammation, increased gut permeability or leaky gut leading to autoimmunity and allergic disorders. In addition, some protozoa and helminths are linked with the main immune-mediated intestinal conditions, such as celiac disease (CD), irritable bowel movement (IBS), and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).
For example, Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity NCGS is a digestive and immune-mediated disorder that comes from GI inflammation, damage to the small bowel from gluten or one of its cross reactors and can be initially signaled by various gastrointestinal irritations. In addition, various studies have revealed parasites negatively impact the host’s immune system. Sometimes these intestinal parasites change or modify the host’s immune responses, especially in immune-mediated disorders like IBD.
On the other hand, Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD, which includes Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, is a family of inflammatory conditions that affect the small intestine and the colon and may or may not be associated with rectal bleeding depending on the severity. Medical experts discover that one of the causes of IBD is dysbiosis or overgrowth of intestinal bacteria, resulting in detectable inflammatory damage to the bowel that can be easily identified with a Calprotectin test, helping to distinguish the cause from parasitic infiltration.
Irritable bowel syndrome IBS, is a common gastrointestinal condition. Some non-specific symptoms of this condition include constipation, bloating, and diarrhea. A comprehensive DNA stool Analysis can help to decipher the cause of the GI problem.
Functional Integrative Medicine Care
What is functional medicine? This healthcare model prioritizes a patient-centered approach to uncovering the real causes of chronic diseases and addressing them at the root. The doctor asks, “Why are you ill?” so that they can provide you with personalized, effective care. On the other hand, integrative care can combine holistic and conventional approaches or a host of non-traditional natural approaches that have been scientifically validated. and use them in a coordinated way. This model focuses on caring for you as a whole instead of one organ system or one symptom per visit. The doctor with take a thorough assessment of your condition, coupled with comprehensive testing where needed and as the budget permits, to identify the underlying causes of your condition.
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