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A 24-year-old female asked:

I tested positive in blood to strongyloides. is there a high likelihood that this is cross-reactive to other parasitic infections, &if so, which? i was treated with 2 doses of ivermectin 10-days apart and then 1 dose of albendazole. was this enough?

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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 44 years experience
There is cross reaction between serology test for strongyloides and filarial infection or infection due to soil-transmitted helminths. However, if the diagnosis is based clinical findings and serology test, it should be accurate. Treatment with Ivermectin alone is enough, especially with 2 doses in 10 days apart. Some doctors use both meds but Albendazole should be given at least 3 days.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
Presence of antibodies to a parasite is not diagnostic of parasite infestation. You need to have your stool examined to ascertain if you have any parasites or parasite eggs. For healthy diet: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/., exercise 30 minutes/day, drink enough water daily so your urine is mostly colorless, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. Get HPV, Flu and Covid vaccines.
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Last updated Oct 28, 2021


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