Infectious Diseases

Is it safe to eat feces?

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2017-04-04 12:27:31

Coprophagia, the consumption of feces, can be dangerous for

humans. Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, pneumonia, and influenza

vaccinations are generally recommended for those who engage in this

practice. Even consuming one's own feces potentially involves risk,

as the bowel bacteria and eggs of parasitic worms are not safe to


Coprophagia is most often the result of coprophilia, the

attraction to the smell, taste, texture or sights and sounds of the

act of defecation as a means of sexual arousal and gratification. A

common slang term for this is "scat sex." It has also been observed

in patients with dementia, severe mental handicaps, schizophrenia

or depression.

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