Parasites Specialist

Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus

Garrison Morin, MD

Otolaryngology located in Winchester, VA

Infection from parasites is more common than you might realize. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that millions of Americans are exposed to parasites every year. At Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus, board-certified Garrison Morin, MD, and his team diagnose parasite infections and offer thorough treatments to remove the parasite from your body and restore your health. Call the Winchester, Virginia, office or make an appointment online today.

Parasites Q & A

What types of parasites can impact my health?

At Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus, Dr. Morin most often deals with intestinal parasites including helminths and protozoa.

Helminths are multi-celled worms such as tapeworms, pinworms, and roundworms. Protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium, are single-celled organisms that can multiply in your body and lead to severe infections.

The most common way that you might come into contact with a parasite is via soil, food, animals, or water that is exposed to infected feces.

For example, if you live in or visit an area that’s known to have parasites, your risk of getting a parasite infection increases. Other risk factors include:

  • International travel
  • Using well water
  • Poor sanitation and hygiene

Children, older people, and those with compromised immune systems are more likely to get a parasite.

What are the signs that I have a parasite?

It’s possible to have an intestinal parasite for years without experiencing any problems. However, if the parasite multiplies, it can cause a variety of disruptive symptoms, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Gas and bloating
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • Loose stool with blood and mucus
  • Abnormal body odor
  • Teeth grinding
  • Rash or itchy skin around the anus or genitals
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss or never feeling full

You might also notice that you pass a worm along with your stool when you have a bowel movement.

How are parasites diagnosed?

Dr. Morin offers comprehensive exams and diagnostic testing at Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus to identify a parasite infection.

After talking to you about your symptoms, overall health, and lifestyle, including questions that indicate your risk of parasite infection, he orders blood tests and fecal tests.

Dr. Morin may also suggest an endoscopy or colonoscopy to examine your upper or lower digestive tract. He may also use diagnostic imaging studies such as X-rays, MRIs, and CAT scans to check your organs and gastrointestinal tract for signs of injury.

What is the treatment for parasites?

At Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus, Dr. Morin offers multidisciplinary treatment to get rid of your parasite and restore your overall health. For example, he prescribes medication to kill the parasites and help your body flush it out of your system.

Additionally, he may recommend dietary changes and supplements to restore the health of your digestive tract and reduce any lingering inflammation.

Cutting your sugar and refined carbohydrate intake will deprive any remaining parasites of the food they need to thrive. Adding raw garlic, pumpkin seeds, pomegranates, beets, and carrots can also help kill off parasites.

You should also make sure to drink plenty of water and increase your fiber intake to flush out your digestive tract.

For expert parasites diagnosis and treatment, call Integrative Ear Nose Throat Sinus or make an appointment online today.