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Doctor insights on: Parasites

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Are all parasites bad?

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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What are some common skin parasites?

See below: Flies, fleas, bedbugs, lice, mites, and ticks. With a few exceptions all these parasites bite, feed quickly, and leave. ...Read more

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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