6 Health Signs You Might Have a Parasite

2. Itchiness

Australia’s department of health explains that a certain infection can cause itching in and around the private parts. The particular parasite responsible for itching is called a threadworm or pinworm, which as the name suggests, “look like tiny white threads and live in the intestine,” notes the source.

The site explains that female threadworms lay their eggs near the opening of the anus, which can activate itching in that area. A risk of this is that people may scratch the area too much, which can break the skin and lead to infection.

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