A minor infection, such a cold or flu, usually resolves quickly and does not necessitate medical intervention. However, chronic pathogens commonly create long term health problems. Chronic infectious diseases, such as parasites, are usually thought of as something that you get traveling outside of the country, not in the good ‘ol US of A.
The term ‘parasite’ can be used in a general manner, referring to any microbe that takes from the host body, giving nothing in return. In this case, parasite can refer to virus, bacteria, fungus, protozoa or worms. Blood and stool tests can often reveal that unwanted guests have been depleting your vitality and contributing to your symptoms.
For example, Helicobacter pylori can cause ulcers, molds such as Candida and Aspergillus can cause fatigue, brain fog and sugar cravings, Babesia or Epstein-Barr virus can contribute to debilitating fatigue, and parasites can mimic terrible diseases such as Crohn’s and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Signs that may suggest testing for a Chronic Infection:
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain fog
- Swollen lymph glands
- Gas, bloating, constipation or diarrhea
- Excessive appetite
- Burning or itching anus
- Dry, scaly, itchy skin
- Difficulty gaining or losing weight
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Chronic allergies
- Undiagnosed neurological symptoms
- Undiagnosed cardiac symptoms