Parasite Infestations

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Parasites infiltrate hosts, triggering a survival battle. These hidden invaders, cunning and microscopic, wreak havoc in a world abundant with organisms, exploiting unsuspecting victims.

Parasite infections are a significant public health concern in India, particularly in children. That is why doctors at Giggles Hospitals known for Best Pediatric Hospital in Vizag do their best to screen children for parasite infestations and provide the most suitable treatment facilities for these young patients.

Parasite Infestations

Parasites are naughty creatures that live off other organisms. These organisms need other creatures for their survival. They are very common in tropical and subtropical climates like that of India. They can cause a host of diseases and symptoms like diarrhoea, vomiting and malnutrition. 


Parasite infestations can cause a wide range of symptoms in patients. Symptoms usually depend on the kind of parasite that has caused the infestations. Symptoms of some of the most common parasite infestations include the following:

  1. Gastrointestinal Issues: Persistent diarrhoea, abdominal pain, cramping, bloating, gas, and frequent or urgent bowel movements.
  2. Changes in Stool: The presence of blood, mucus, or worms in the stool
  3. Weight Loss
  4. Fatigue and Weakness
  5. Anaemia: Anaemia that may lead to fatigue, weakness, pale skin, and shortness of breath.
  6. Skin Issues: Itching, rash, hives, or skin irritations
  7. Allergies: Itching, swelling, sneezing, or wheezing.
  8. Sleep Disturbances: Sleeping sickness, disrupted sleep patterns, insomnia.
  9. Joint and Muscle Pain: Joint pain, muscle aches, or inflammation.
  10. Neurological Symptoms: Seizures, confusion, coordination difficulties, and sensory disturbances.


Parasitic infections can be caused by various types of parasites, including protozoa, helminths (worms), and ectoparasites (such as ticks and lice). There are several ways through which parasites may enter our bodies. Some of the most common causes of parasite infestations include the following:

  1. Contaminated food and water
  2. Poor hygiene practices
  3. Close contact with infected individuals or animals
  4. Vector-Borne transmission
  5. Soil contamination
  6. Travel to endemic regions
  7. Occupational exposure
  8. Congenital transmission

Most parasite infestations can be avoided by practising good hygiene and consuming clean food and water.

Diagnosing Parasite Infestations at Giggles Hospital

There are several ways to diagnose parasite infestations. Our Paediatric doctors will first evaluate the patient’s symptoms and run some tests depending on what they suspect the cause of the issue could be. Here is a list of common tests that you may expect if you have a parasite infestation.

  1. Stool Examination
  2. Blood Tests
  3. Serological Tests
  4. Imaging Tests: X-ray, or computed tomography (CT) scans, ultrasound etc.

Not every patient will need to go through all the above-mentioned tests. In addition to this, additional tests may be ordered depending on individual cases.

Treatment for Parasite Infestations at Giggles Hospital

Parasite infestations can be successfully treated using medications. The doctors may use a combination of the following medications to treat the infestation:

  • Antiparasitics 
  • Antibiotics
  • Antifungals

Doctors may use additional medications or treatments to relieve the symptoms caused by the parasites. 

At Giggles Hospitals, our team of expert doctors will determine the most appropriate treatment approach based on the individual’s specific condition, medical history, and other factors.

Why Choose Giggles Hospitals?

Seeking help for parasite infestation? Turn to Giggles Hospital for Children specialist hospital near me.Our skilled medical experts specialise in treating parasitic infections, offering personalised solutions for you or your loved ones. Experience effective care and comprehensive treatment tailored to your unique needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, parasitic infections can be prevented through practising good hygiene, such as regular handwashing, consuming safe and properly cooked food, drinking clean water, avoiding contact with contaminated soil or faeces, and using preventive measures like insect repellents to minimise exposure to vectors.

Some parasite infestations can be life-threatening, particularly if left untreated or in cases of severe infections, while others may cause milder symptoms and pose a lower risk to life.

Children are often at an increased risk of parasite infestations compared to adults due to factors like close contact with contaminated environments, poor hygiene practices, and developing immune systems.

The recovery time from a parasite infestation varies depending on the type of parasite, the severity of the infection, and the effectiveness of the treatment, ranging from a few days to several weeks or months. It is important to complete the full course of treatment as prescribed by a healthcare professional for successful recovery.

While some natural or alternative therapies may have anecdotal benefits, it is important to visit a doctor and seek their help when it comes to precise diagnosis and suitable treatment of parasitic infections, as antiparasitic medications prescribed by healthcare providers are often the most effective way to treat these infestations.