What is the tapeworm or tapeworm and how it is spread
With the name of I had or just like lonely we are with some intestinal worms or intestinal parasites whose body is flat and segmented, which may have a length ranging from a few millimeters to 10 meters, although there are recorded case data indicating that they have been able to reach 25 meters in length.
Although there are different types, the most common are two. On the one hand, taenia solium, that we find lodged especially in the Pork Meat. And on the other hand, taenia saginata, the most common intestinal parasite and that we find especially in the cow meat.
The tapeworm has a head with hooks that adhere to the wall of the intestines, and have a long and flat body formed by different rings. It tends to lengthen as it grows, increasing in size and adding new segments or annelids to your body. Each of these segments is capable of manufacturing thousands of eggs. And a normal tapeworm or tapeworm can have about 3,000 segments and live up to 30 years.
These new segments are growing little by little from the head of the worm, so that the new segments displace the previous ones towards the end of the body, until they come off. It is these old segments that go along with their eggs through the faeces of the digestive system, being able to end up in the soil or in the water.
How is contagion produced?
The contagion of tapeworm or tapeworm is produced from the eggs, so that when any person consumes any contaminated food (either because the pork or beef has not been well cooked or because it has been eaten raw), it also ingests larvae eggs or cysts of tapeworms, also known as cysticerci.
Soon after the larvae hatch in the intestine of the person, and the larvae that were born enquistan in some body organ of the infected individual (also known as host). Once contagion or attack occurs, the tapeworm is able to fix itself in the intestine and grow from the nutrients it gets from the food the host ingests.
But they can also migrate through the body and reach the central nervous system, which can cause certain neurological symptoms, including epilepsy.
After about three months, the tapeworm is able to reproduce and release the segments of your body in a totally constant manner.
But meat consumption is not the only cause. In the particular case ofTaenia solium, the contagion can also occur after consuming contaminated water, soil or some foods such as vegetables, or as a result of poor hygiene.
Once contagion occurs, although the symptoms may become nonspecific or quite mild, when they appear they may arise between 6 to 8 weeks after the ingestion of the eggs, once the tapeworm has developed. The most common symptoms include nausea, diarrhea or constipation and abdominal pain. These symptoms tend to remain until the tapeworm dies when the tapeworm has been diagnosed and treated.