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Doctor insights on: Visible Bugs Or Parasites

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Dealing with Bed Bugs (Checklist)

Strip and vacuum the mattress and box springs
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Encase your mattress and box spring in bed bug mattress protectors
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Apply insecticide to the frame and headboard of your bed
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Place "bed bug interceptors" under the feet of your bed frame
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I'm worried i don't know whether whether my 2 year old daughter has a tummy bug or some sort of parasite.. The symptoms seem so similar.?

I'm worried i don't know whether whether my 2 year old daughter has a tummy bug or some sort of parasite.. The symptoms seem so similar.?

A stomach virus...: ...Will pass. The symptoms of an intestinal parasite (which are sometimes quite different from a stomach virus), won't until it's treated, although it may change over time. ...Read more

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I was recently bitten by a beetle while asleep. Subsequent research leads me to believe it was a "kissing bug". The bite was extremely painful and the reaction (fever, swelling, & pain) continued for a week. I read they can inject a parasite that can

I was recently bitten by a beetle while asleep. Subsequent research leads me to believe it was a "kissing bug". The bite was  extremely painful  and the reaction  (fever, swelling,  & pain) continued for a week. I read they can inject a parasite that can

Chagas disease: If you were bitten in north america it is extremely unlikely that you will contract chagas disease. The prevalence of the disease here is just too low. Some will develop an ulcer at the site of the bite. Parasitemia is easily demonstrated with blood smears or pcr. ...Read more

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I have had some ear pains. I twirl my hair and put it in my ear. could I have a brain parasite? I also pick my head til it bleeds. can I catch a bug?

I have had some ear pains. I twirl my hair and put it in my ear. could I have a brain parasite? I also pick my head til it bleeds.  can I catch a bug?

Worry & Rituals: The worry and rituals you mention suggest more of a behavioral issue such as POSSIBLE Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions and then a mental health pro such as a clinical psychologist who specializes in OCD to see if that is the case. Peace and good health. Lots of reasons to be hopeful. ...Read more

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Are all parasites bad?

Usually yes: A parasite by definition gets needed food or support at the expense of the host. This is different from symbiotic relationship where two organisms each benefit (see lichen for an example). ...Read more

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What are signs of a parasite?

What are signs of a parasite?

It depends: Parasites can affect where they infect. They can affect the bowel, liver, or even the brain, and depending on where they infect, cause symptoms based on that. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have parasites?

How to tell if I have parasites?

Parasites: If you mean intestinal parasites, the best thing to do is to see a doctor with a list of all symptoms and then have your stool examined by an expert in this area. ...Read more

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Medication to treat parasites ?

Medication to treat parasites

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Anti-parasitics : Depends on what type of parasite it is...Nematode, cestode, amoeba, protozoa, and others. Would generally not treat a parasite infection without knowing what it is, unless type of parasite infection present based on symptoms, geography, epidemiology, risk factors, exposure.... ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have parasites?

How can I tell if I have parasites?

Test: Some symptoms may be indicative of parasites , such as diarrhea, peri-anal itch, elevated level of certain blood cell type ( eosinophil) etc..., but to definitely know if you have parasite is to identify it by specific tests ( stool for ova and parasites, scotch tape test, anti body test and so on), if you think you may be infested with a parasites, tell your doctor about it. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have parasites?

How to determine if I have parasites?

Stool sample: If you are referring to intestinal parasites, you submit stool samples to the lab for ova and parasite (o&p) exam. ...Read more

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How can I find the cause of parasites?

Parasites: Each parasite has a different mode of transmission. Identification of the actual organism should shed light on how it might have been transmitted. Take care. ...Read more

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What are common parasites to worry about?

Why worry?: Wear shoes, cook your food. Much internet talk about "parasites" is just made up to scare you. ...Read more

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Is garlic good against the bowl parasite ?

Parasites: There are suggestions that large amounts of garlic may have some antiparasitic effects but am unaware of any definitive clinical studies other than a shorting of duration of infeciton in children with some tapeworms. ...Read more

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How can you find out if you have parasites?

Depends: Why do you think you have parasites? If you came from a place were intestinal parasites are common, you can get a stool o&p exam; there are other blood tests and exams that can be done, but the core question remains why you think you have parasites, and where are these parasites located? ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of internal parasites?

Depends on parasite: There are many different types of parasites that may live in the intestine. With a light parasite burden, there may be no symptoms. With a heavier burden there may be vague abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, anemia, allergic symptoms, peri-anal itching, biliary and intestinal obstruction etc. ...Read more