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Doctor insights on: Link To Parasites And Sickness After Blood Is Drawn

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Does the schilling test look for parasites in the blood?

Does the schilling test look for parasites in the blood?

NO: It is not for parasites in the blood, it is done for B12 deficiency, intestinal parasites may interfere absorption of B12 (and iron) cause anemia schilling test is specific for B12 metabolism. ...Read more

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Could blood parasites be sexually transmitted?

Could blood parasites be sexually transmitted?

Why do you ask?: I hope that your question does not reflect someone's having been diagnosed by a scam called "Live Cell Analysis". The real blood parasites -- malaria, babesisa, wucheria, schistosomes -- aren't transmitted sexually. ...Read more

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Could parasites in the blood be sexually transmitted?

Could parasites in the blood be sexually transmitted?

Beware: Your question makes me concerned that you're a victim of a scam ("Live Cell Analysis"), in which victims are shown their blood in a weird microscope and told it is loaded with parasites. It's vicious. Real blood parasites (Wucheria, malaria, babesia, others) aren't transmitted by sex. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could blood parasites be sexually transmitted?

Please tell me, could blood parasites be sexually transmitted?

Blood parasites: Blood borne parasitic infections have been known to be transmitted through blood transfusions. These include Malaria, Chagas Disease and African Trypanosomiasis, Babesiosis, Toxoplasmosis, Leishmaniasis. %ages very low given the # of blood transfusions. In theory, it might be possible to transmit sexuallly if there were blood exchanged with actively infected partner, but prob. Very unlikely. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test for this parasite?

Is there a blood test for this parasite?

What parasite?: It depends on the parasite. There blood tests for some parasites, e.g. malarial parasite. Others are diagnosed by examination of stool. ...Read more

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What are the internal (parasite) and external (host) signals that guide it to their destination in the body? Ex. Malaria to the liver then to the blood

What are the internal (parasite) and external (host) signals that guide it to their destination in the body? Ex. Malaria to the liver then to the blood

Great question!: ...and a hard one to answer in the 400 characters allowed since each parasite is unique. You may find the following link helpful: https://www. Cdc. Gov/parasites/ in answering your homework assignment. ...Read more

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Have insect bites with initial round irritated sites and one 10cm long trailing red line emanating from each. Would this be a parasite or blood infec?

Have insect bites with initial round irritated sites and one 10cm long trailing red line emanating from each. Would this be a parasite or blood infec?

Long trail s/p bite: May be severe reaction or superimposed infection for which may need antibiotics. Would follow up with doc and discuss carrying benadryl or epipen on you at all times in case of another bite due to severity of reaction (though it is only trail (line?) and not the whole area being swollen. ...Read more

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My blood shows I have no malaria parasite but there are virus unknown. What could that be. I'm scared it could be hiv?

My blood shows I have no malaria parasite but there are virus unknown. What could that be. I'm scared it could be hiv?

Unknown virus: Have you had unprotected sex? Have you had sex with multiple partners? Do you use IV drugs? Do you share needles? Do you have any risky behaviors that could lead to HIV infection? If so, get tested (there are clinics that test & maintain your anonymity). If positive, there are many treatments that prolong life & help prevent opportunistic infxns. If negative, good. See comment:. ...Read more

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Having bad intestinal parasites bout. Worse than ever. Is it normal for my blood to be a thick dark dark red? Am weak, very ill.

Having bad intestinal parasites bout. Worse than ever. Is it normal for my blood to be a thick dark dark red? Am weak, very ill.

See a doctor: And preferably one who is familiar with parasitic infection. It is normal for venous blood to look thick and dark red. If you are weak and ill, see an appropriate doctor asap. ...Read more

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Eat 1800-2000 calories/day no exercise, stay 125 lbs. Constantly hungry. Get achy/weak episodes often, but blood ok. Could I have a parasite?

Eat 1800-2000 calories/day no exercise, stay 125 lbs. Constantly hungry. Get achy/weak episodes often, but blood ok. Could I have a parasite?

Well: If you are eating no more than 2000 cal per day. You are not eating much. You will sustain yourself which is what you are doing. If you start exercising you may lose weight. If you start drinking water because of the hunger pains you will increase the metabolism. ...Read more

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Would parasites or worms be obvious in 2 year olds stool? Sometimes I find thread like pieces. Is it food? Would they move? Blood? Any other symptoms?

Would parasites or worms be obvious in 2 year olds stool? Sometimes I find thread like pieces. Is it food? Would they move? Blood? Any other symptoms?

Usually not obvious: Pinworms are fairly common in this age group. They are small white worms that come out of the anus at night..
If you suspect piworms wait until dark when the child is asleep. Then take a flashlight and check your child's anal area. If you see small thread like wiggleing white things, call your doctor. This not a emergency but as a parent it is upsetting. ...Read more

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I have had a lot of infections and high white blood cell counts for months. Now come to find out I may have parasites in my body. How is this cured?

It depends,,: This depends on the kind of parasite you might have. For example, if you have giardiasis, which can be acquired by drinking contaminated water, the treatment might be metronidazole. Other parasites have no treatment and some don't need any. ...Read more

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What causes stool to be loose forming and yellow or light brown? No more brown color. No parasites, no hidden blood, other labs normal.

It could: Be the process of recurrent diarrhea, color changes can ensue for a couple of reasons, diet, etc. But I wouldn't be concerned unless there is blood. If alternating constipation/ diahrea could have irritible bowel syndrome; fairly easy to treat with meds for anxiety if so, if not try immodium and get some probiotics. Good luck. ...Read more

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Eos in the 2300-3500 range for at least 6 months + most recent blood smear shows "few smudge cells". Have ruled out parasites. IgE normal. Cancer?

Eos in the 2300-3500 range for at least 6 months + most recent blood smear shows "few smudge cells". Have ruled out parasites. IgE normal. Cancer?

Follow closely: Be aware of Churg-Strauss, especially if you have developed adult asthma. Consider testing for anti neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies. Read up also on Loeffler's and the various eosinophilic leukemias. Genetic studies might be appropriate. A few smudges mean nothing -- just pushing the smear roughly can create them. Often folks like you just get followed and never get sick. ...Read more

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Last three years I have tested eos 7.8 or higher on blood test. Doctors have said it is just do to stress (but would be parasite if I visited a third world country). Should I be concerned?

Seek help: Your eosinophilia count could possibly speak for a parasite, but you may have an allergic condition. See a gastroenterologist or possibly an allergist to see you have a problem. ...Read more

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How does the antimalarial chloroquine work? Does it passively diffuse into red blood cells to thwart the malaria parasite or does it enter the red blood cells by an active transport process?

How does the antimalarial chloroquine work? Does it passively diffuse into red blood cells to thwart the malaria parasite or does it enter the red blood cells by an active transport process?

Chloroquine: Chloroquine concentrates up to several 1000-fold in the food vacuole of the parasite. Possible mechanisms for this selective accumulation of Chloroquine in the food vacuole are: 1) protonation and ion trapping of the Chloroquine due to the low ph of the food vacuole; 2) active uptake of Chloroquine by a parasite transporter (s); and/or 3) binding of Chloroquine to a specific receptor in the food va. ...Read more

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Fat intoler/IBS, bloods normal. DR said look 2 alternative therapies. I read about parasite cleanse (Paragone) Is it a good idea & backed by science?

Fat intoler/IBS, bloods normal. DR said look 2 alternative therapies. I read about parasite cleanse (Paragone) Is it a good idea & backed by science?

Wrong approach!: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a condition associated with abdominal discomfort, altered stool pattern, with accompanying nausea, bloating, and/or gassiness. Often improved by stooling, ibs is defined by changes in perception of gut distension, motility, sensation. Diet ; emotional stress may contribute. Ibs is a diagnosis of exclusion--first rule out inflammation, ischemia, infection, etc. ...Read more

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If CBC blood test comes normal, can I say that I have no parasitic infection? Assuming this test as the first step before specific parasite diagnosis.

If CBC blood test comes normal, can I say that I have no parasitic infection? Assuming this test as the first step before specific parasite diagnosis.

No: CBC isn't sensitive for parasites. Why do you ask? There are a bunch of crooked websites that try to scare you into thinking you have horrible invaders. If one of these upset you, I am sorry. ...Read more