Parasitic infections have troubled humans for a long time now. The evolution of humans has been accompanied by the evolution of parasites as well. Thanks to the continued research and efforts taken by the scientist and doctors, we now have a thorough understanding of the mechanics and symptoms of the parasitic infections.
Once we are aware of the causes of parasitic infections, the ways to prevent them become easier. We have curated an exhaustive checklist that will throw light on the appropriate ways to prevent the parasite from infecting your system. Let’s have a look at it.
1. Wash your hands frequently and properly
Preventing parasites is not some rocket science. You just need to wash your hands with soap from time to time. It’s that simple! Human hands are the carriers of various parasitic infections. If your hands are infected, then there are chances that that infection can pass into your system through your mouth, eyes, and even through skin penetration. According to a study done by Mahmud Abdulkader Mahmud and his colleagues, it was observed that regular hand washing and nail clipping reduced the chances of getting intestinal parasites significantly.
2. Do not undercook food
The food that we consume, especially the meats should be cooked at the recommended temperature. Sometimes, these foods can be contaminated by parasites like tapeworms, Ascaris, threadworms, and giardia. Undercooking them can allow the parasites to enter your system orally.
3. Know where your meats come from
This is an extension of the previous point. You should always check for food certifications while purchasing raw-cut meats. Different countries have different food certifications. Food giants supplying poultry, fisheries, and buttons go through several rigorous tests laid down by the Food Certification Department of the country. Always check for these certifications and make conscious choices while buying meat as low-quality meat increases the chance of you getting a parasitic infection.
4. Drink clean water
Improved water, sanitization, and hygiene can prevent the deaths of two million children under the age of five. Water-borne diseases are infecting people year on year at an unprecedented rate. It is important to drink clean and filtered water. Water from lakes, streams, and ponds can be infected by various parasites that contribute to water-borne diseases. Avoid having water from these sources. Trust the filtered water you get in your home and while make sure that while traveling you buy/carry bottled way.
5. Avoid walking barefoot on soil
There are various parasites that can enter your system through skin penetration. Infections caused by hookworms generally enter your body when you are walking barefoot on infected soil. To prevent these situations, you must step your foot naked on the soil.
6. Avoid contaminated feces
Feces of humans and animals may contain larvae of parasites. Coming in contact with these feces can expose you to parasitic infections. Avoid unhygienic places where you may be exposed to such filth. Even while handling the feces of pets and other animals, make sure you protect your hands with appropriate gloves. Disposal of the waste correctly is crucial to avoid any transmission of parasitic infection.
7. Practice safe sex
Parasitic infections like Trichomoniasis can be transmitted sexually. One must use external protection like a condom to prevent parasites from entering the system.
These are are some hygiene factors that can decrease the risk of you getting parasitic infections. It is important to make a conscious effort to follow these guidelines. Prevention of parasitic infection does not cost a single penny and it is time we inculcate these things as a part of our lifestyle.
In case you suspect any symptoms of parasitic infection, consult your doctor and get yourself tested.