Cook meat until the juices run clear or to an internal temperature of 170 degrees F (77 degrees C).
Freeze pork less than 6 inches (15 cm) thick for 20 days at 5 degrees F (-15 degrees C) to kill any worms.
Cook wild game meat thoroughly. (Freezing wild game meats, unlike freezing pork products, even for long periods of time, may not effectively kill all worms.)
Cook all meat fed to pigs or other wild animals and do not allow hogs to eat uncooked carcasses of other animals, including rats (which may be infected with trichinosis).
Clean meat grinders thoroughly if you prepare your own ground meats.
Remember that curing (salting), drying, smoking, or microwaving meat does not consistently kill infective worms.
If you think you may have trichinellosis, seek medical attention.
A disease that is due to eating raw or undercooked pork or wild game that is infected with Trichinella spiralis larvae. Initial symptoms are abdominal discomfort, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, fatigue, and fever. Next usually come headaches, fevers, chills, cough, eye swelling, aching joints, muscle pains, itchy skin, diarrhea, and constipation. With heavy infection, patients may […]
A possible carcinogenic (cancer-causing) compound used mainly as a degreaser for metal parts. Trichloroethylene was also at one time used to decaffeinate coffee and as an anesthetic. There are limited findings of elevated liver and biliary tract cancer rates in occupational groups exposed to trichloroethylene. There is also evidence of cancer formation in experimental animals […]
A wad of swallowed hair. Also called a hairball. Trichobezoars can sometimes be found to cause blockage of the digestive system, especially at the exit of the stomach. Interestingly, in the Far East culture, trichobezoars are felt to have medicinal properties!
A small benign tumor derived from basal cells in the hair follicle. Trichoepithelioma may occur sporadically or as the cardinal feature of a uncommon genetic disorder called multiple familial trichoepithelioma characterized by the presence of many small tumors predominantly on the face, inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. A trichoepithelioma can undergo malignant transformation into […]
A single-celled protozoan parasite best known in medicine because one species causes vaginitis (vaginal inflammation). Infection with trichomonas (trichomoniasis) is the most common curable sexually transmitted disease (STD) in young sexually active women.) in young sexually active women. The species of trichomonas responsible for STD is Trichomonas vaginalis. The vagina is the most common site […]