Dr Oz: Parasites Cause Flu-Like Sickness
This is one gross episode of Dr. Oz but it is something that needs to be talked about. Did you think it was flu the last time you were sick? It turns out your sickness might have been caused by a parasite and you didn’t even realize it. Dr. Oz is concerned about these parasites because they have been spreading across America in our food and water.
Dr Oz: Parasites Spread Quickly Around America
Dr. Florian Reyda told Dr. Oz parasites are spreading around the world more than ever now because people have been traveling so much. People will often pick up parasites and infections while out of the country, especially when visiting tropical locations, and they bring them back to the States where they spread easily. She also said importing fruit and vegetables is another way parasites are coming to America.
Dr Oz: Symptoms Of a Parasite Infection
Dr. Margaret Williamson, an infectious disease specialist, told Dr. Oz physicians will often misdiagnose a patient because the symptoms of a parasite are similar to that of the flu. There are, however, subtle signs that point to a parasite as being the cause of illness. She said the first subtlety is knowing parasites spread from dog excrement. She said the poop will contaminate the ground where it lands and it most often leads to infections in children. Some of the symptoms of a parasite infection include:
- Abdominal pain
- Coughing bouts
- Shortness of breath
- Some chest pain
Dr. Williamson suggested seeing your doctor if you have any combination of these symptoms and Dr. Oz said to ask your doctor to test for parasites because they normally will not.
Dr Oz: Babesia Parasite Causes Babesiosis Infection Symptoms
The next common parasite is called Babesia. Dr. Oz said tick bites will cause this type of infection to spread through the body. Dr. Reyda said to keep a close eye on children because ticks can be very tiny and hard to see, meaning the infection may seem like it came from nowhere. Some of the symptoms for a Babesiosis Infection are:
- Body aches
Dr. Williamson said you will usually notice these symptoms within a couple weeks of a tick bite but it could take up to three months in some patients. She said a simple blood test should let the doctor know if you have Babesia.
Dr Oz: Swimmer’s Itch Symptoms
Dr. Oz says that Bird Schistosomes are common parasites that infect about 60 million people a year and are spread by aquatic birds like ducks. These parasites travel by burrowing into the skin of birds but they sometimes confuse a bird with a human, burrowing into the human and causing what is commonly known as Swimmer’s Itch. In about two to 12 hours you will start to feel uncomfortable symptoms from the parasite. She said you can use Cortisone to ease the discomfort but sometimes a stronger topical treatment is required. Some of the symptoms of Swimmer’s Itch include:
- Body-wide rash
- Tingling, burning or itchy skin
Dr. Williamson says there are tests to diagnose this parasite, but in some instances you may need to see a doctor who specializes in infections caused by parasites.