Parasites have a nasty reputation. But, is it really fair to fear these little guys? Well, YES! And if you don't think so. Here's why these terrifying creatures are worth avoiding at all costs! Most of them will totally destroy your body's immunity. Let's prevent them before they spread out. The list of parasites below infect animals, human or both. They might be small, sometimes not visible for the naked eye. But, ignoring them lead infections and sooner—DEATH!
Some parasites are meant for marine animals. But end up in humans out of the goodness of our—gut? The Anisakis Nematode infects humans after eating raw or undercooked fish—like sushi. Which contains the larvae. The worms penetrate our gut wall and cause abdominal pain, nausea and even vomiting. But, nobody really wins this one. As the nematode can't mature in a human gut and eventually dies.
The Tongue Biter is another marine parasite. This tongue-eating louse finds a suitable fish and chews off it's tongue. Only to cling on to the stub in it's place. Here they stay feeding on the fishes blood, all the while mating and dispersing their progeny into the ocean.
Mosquito and Filarial Worm
As if you need another reason to hate mosquitoes. When they bite humans they can leave larvae of the parasitic Filarial Worm. These worms live and grow in our bodies. Sometimes taking years to mature into full adults. Leaving only inconspicuous rashes and sores. Years later, they work together to block the vessels of your lymphatic system. Creating a build-up of fluid and leading to diseases like elephantiasis. Elephantiasis is one of the leading causes of disability in the world.
Another worm worth hating is the pinworm. Pinworm eggs are often eaten because of contaminated or dirty hands. The eggs hatch and mature in your gut. At which point the adult female exits the anus to lay a new batch of eggs on the surrounding skin. Your butthole becomes a nest! This causes intense itching. Often leading to re-contaminated hands or fingernails. Which can end up in your mouth again, restarting the cycle. Feel like scratching your bum? Do yourself a favour and wash those hands and fingernails!
On the other side of the body. Live the lovely pubic lice—sometimes called 'crabs'. Though it's not uncommon to find these buggers in your eyebrows, beard or even eyelashes. The itching is from an allergic reaction to their saliva, and it'll take treatment with medication or shaving it all off to get rid of them. Of course, abstinence or no sex works well as a preventative measure. Along with not sharing your undies with other people.
And finally, the wonderful cordyceps which are fungi known for creating zombie ants. The fungus takes over the ants body and mind, making it leave the colony and begin climbing upward to a more ideal temperature and humidity. The ant then bites onto a stem or leaf and gets locked into position until it dies. At which point, the fungus bursts through the ants head and spreads outward. Could such a parasite ever affect humans? For everyone's sake, we hope not!