Doctor insights on:
Intestinal Parasite Disease
What infection or disease can be (or have) the same symptoms as intestinal parasites? And what can be mistaken as intestinal parasites?
Parasites: Parasitic infections are fairly rare among all the disorders affecting the gastrointestinal tract. Indigestion, gastritis, stomach/duodenal ulcers, crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, cancer, gluten and lactose intolerance, etc may be responsible for the same symptoms as parasitic diseases. ...Read more
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
What's the intestinal disease caused by a single cell parasite from rat droppings in drinking water?
Cryptosporidium : Rats can harbor cryptosporidium but how often they are related to human cases is unknown although the original source of the protozoan in human infection is often not known. ...Read more
Too general: We only have 400 characters to answer this question. Please resubmit and let us know the specific parasitic infection in question. ...Read more
High. But these would come from lakes or infected streams. Very unlikely from the public water supplies.
There are also some risk for skin infections from some of our lakes and streams as well. ...Read more
Intestinal parasites is it possible for them to come out of you partially but not completely? I think i feel only the tip of it and it goes back in.
Your GI symptoms: Are likely from the parasites. Your doctor or gastroenterologist can give you something to expel the via bowel movements. Many are microscopic and thus not seen or felt. They go through cycles of breeding so you need to expel not only the live parasites but also the eggs and this takes a month or two. Peace and good health. ...Read more
It sure can..: Colonscopy is a direct visualization of the inside of colon via a camera and so parasites attaching to the colon wall can be seen and thus diagnosed. For examples, hook worms and giardia etc..Adhere quite well to the walls and so the prep does not clean them out, leaving them to be seen by the colonoscope. Not a pretty sight! if you are concerned, speak to your doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Not enough info: How was the exposure accomplished? What specific parasite are you concerned about? ...Read more
None: No herbal therapy will benefit those issues. ...Read more
Since i got intestinal parasites i always get bad anxiety a week before and after a full moon .What can I do to help this or make it stop ?
Full moon: Seek help from a pscologist or psychiatrist. ...Read more
Not effective: Most parasites need specific medication. Laxatives could make things worse, as most parasites cause diarrhea to begin with. Parasites are diagnosed with blood and stool tests, so see your doctor. ...Read more
None proven: There are no "natural" anti-helminthics (anti-parasitic-worms) that are proven safe, proven effective, and proven reliable for use in humans. Native cultures have had folk medicines claimed to kill worms, but they may be unsafe (damages organs), uneffective (doesn't kill worms), or unreliable (kills a few worms, occasionally). Since doctors have good anti-worm medicines, there is no need to worry. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the parasite. You should see a doctor and have your stool tested to see what kind of parasite you have. ...Read more
Start with diagnosis: Depending upon doctor's suspicion, based on your exposure risks & symptoms, your stool culture may look for salmonella, shigella, campylobacter, yersinia, & sometimes pathogenic e.Coli, additionally, stool can be checked for std, clostridium difficile, giardia, parasites, opportunistic pathogens. Parasites also found colonoscopically & by "scotch-tape test" of peri-anal area looking for shed eggs. ...Read more
Intestinal ulcers: Without being able to have access to your records and the tests that have been run it is impossible to say what is going on. Intestinal parasites seldom cause ulcerations, and would also have to ask where you have been to get parasites. You must be seeing a gastroenterologist. Have them continue their evaluation. ...Read more
What should I do about my intestinal parasite testing after return from india? What will they check for and how?
Why do parasites appear in your body? Where do they come from? For example, how do intestinal worms go inside the intestines without consuming them?
Get in...: One way or another. Eat the eggs or worm covers most. Hookworm gets in through the skin. ...Read more
What symptoms or "signs " can be confused for intestinal parasites? - and anal problems as well that would connect to parasites, but are not parasites
A new drug a modified version of niclosamide,that treats intestinal parasites,could be the key to reversing type 2 diab.Can it be taken by a diabetic ?
Be cautious: This drug was effective in mice. Many treatments that work in mice are not effective in humans. This drug uncouples oxidative phosphorylation, the basic mechanism cells use to generate energy/ATP. In theory, this could cause you to waste energy and lose weight. Years ago, DNP (dinitrophenol) was used to do this and it caused weight loss but also killed people. Best follow your doc's instructions ...Read more
Unlikely: Before picking a treatment, you need a firm diagnosis. There are many good treatments for intestinal parasites but they differ depending on the specific parasite. I do not believe you will derive any benefit from black walnut for general 'parasites'. Be careful whom you trust with your cash, especially when health claims are made. ...Read more
Parasites: There are many different intestinal parasites. Before trying to manage these "naturally" it would be judicious to see a doctor, be diagnosed and then question the doctor to see what they recommend. ...Read more
Would a physical which included bloodwork reveal any type of intestinal. Parasites. Or would other test be needed?
No: Intestinal parasites are not part of general blood work. You need to give a stool sample. ...Read more