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How Do I Know If I Have Intestinal Parasites
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Parasites: Parasites in the intestines usually cause symptoms of diarrhea, weight loss, blood in the stool and anemia. Test can be done to check for parasites. Most commonly is a stool ova and parasite test checking for the parasite itself, and the eggs laid by the parasite. Check with your doctor if you have these aymptoms, or are concerned about parasites. ...Read more
Stool culture: Symptoms include fever, chills, diarrhea, perhaps nausea and vomiting. Diarrhea may be bloody. Stool culture is required to make the diagnosis. In most cases it will resolve on its own and no treatment is necessary. Young children and the chronically ill should be treated with antibiotics. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
History and exam: There is no widely available test but if you have been exposed to raccoons and have symptoms consistent like nausea, tiredness, liver enlargement, loss of coordination, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of muscle control, blindness or in severe cases you can develop a coma. If your exposure is strong and your healthcare provider can not rule out this infection from other causes...Yes. ...Read more
Roundworm: This roundworm is usually endemic in rabbits, raccoons and other rodents. Nan can become infected. Having your stool analyzed will determine if you have the worm ...Read more
Ask your doctor: Symptoms can be similar. Irritable bowel is due to hypersensitive gut, may act up in times of stress, and get better in between. Can usually be managed by diet and lifestyle changes. Inflammatory bowel disease is crohn's or colitis, there is inflammation and the bowel is sick requiring tests such as endoscopy to diagnose and medications to treat. A doctor can tell from symptoms if you need testing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your Dr: Appendicitis usually will cause pain in your right lower abdomen, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and fever. Problem is, there are a number of other problems with similar symptoms, and ocassionally appendicitis will present with pain in the back, or lower in the pelvis depending on where your appendix actually is. If you are concerned, see your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Really sick: In medicine, we typically call blood poisoning bacteremia or sepsis. Symptoms include fast heart beat, fever and/or chills, faster breathing, shortness of breath, fatigue. A blood culture can diagnose blood poisoning. Treatment of blood poisoning usually involves hospitalization. ...Read more
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
Elimination of foods: The best , least expensive, and most reliable way is to remove something from your diet for a week or two...See how you feel...Then reintroduce it and see if you feel worse. You can also get allergy testing...Which will tell you if you have acute histamine related allergies (like hives, trouble breathing). There is another path for food intolerance that is hard to test for. Look at alcat.Com test. ...Read more
"Pop" diagnosis: Mainstream medicine knows little about the impact of food choices on overall health. "Leaky gut" is real and it's at the physician's discertion with informed consent to the patient. You do need to know that any suggestion that most autoimmune disease or mental illness is due to "leaky gut" would be, at this time, irresponsible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tummy problems: The short answer is, you'll know. Symptoms typically arise with GI problems. Abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, anorexia, vomiting with blood, or painful bloating. You can also have symptoms from malabsorption. For example, tired and weak from anemia caused by iron/folate deficiency. If you are having symptoms, it would be a good idea to discuss them with your primary care physician. ...Read more
Common symptoms: are crampy abdominal pain, abdominal distention, nausea, vomiting, and obstipation, in someone who has had previous abdominal surgery or has a hernia. Only medical evaluation will differentiate intestinal obstruction from other causes of abdominal pain. You need to seek immediate medical attention if you have these symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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