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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?

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

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Can I get parasites from uncooked vegetables?

Yes: It is generally advised that you rinse all fresh produce before eating it. If you are still concerned that it may be contaminated, cooking the food item can kill possible parasites and bacteria. Do not contaminate foods by using knives, counters or cutting boards that may have come in contact with other infectious sources such as raw meat or poultry. ...Read more

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What diet is best for someone with parasites?

Treat the parasites: Generally, eat sensibly, avoiding the very greasy, salty, and sugary stuff, as anyone would. Real parasites once diagnosed (malaria, babesia, helminths) are best handled with specific medications. I hope that the person on whose behalf you are asking isn't the victim of a scam like "Live Cell Analysis" in which they're told they harbor innumerable horrid little creatures. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are there safe home remedies to treat parasites?

Are there safe home remedies to treat parasites?

Not in the U.S.: Vermox is the medication for pinworms. In the U.S., Vermox is by prescription only. I have heard that in some other countries, pinworm medication is over-the-counter. For other types of worms, blood parasites, and skin parasites, testing is needed and can be ordered by the doctor. Then treatment is with prescription medicines. ...Read more

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Does taking garlic really work against parasites?

Unlikely: Garlic, despite all the claims, is only good for keeping people away from you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how are human parasites detected?

Parasites: Visually, stool sample analysis, testing blood for antibodies & sometimes radiologic imaging. ...Read more

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How can you most effectively eradicate parasites?

Anti-parasitic med: Take the appropriate anti-parasitic drug for the infecting pathogen. ...Read more

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How would one know if one has parasites present?

Stool: If you are talking about intestinal worms, check your stool. For pinworms, place scotch tape sticky side out near your anus at bedtime and check tape in AM. For other types of parasites, see PCP ...Read more

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Is there a test to determine if I have a parasite?

Is there a test to determine if I have a parasite?

Just few examples..: Intestinal parasitic infections can often be diagnosed by examining the stool for eggs and parasites under a scope. Other parasitic infections i.e. Cutaneous larvae migran as pictured here--no testing needed! Trichinosis is an infection with larvae of a roundworm trichinella spiralis from infected-uncooked pork. This needs muscle biopsy. If u have trouble/concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What type of parasites are common in the australia?

Parasites: Australian parasites include:  giardia lamblia, hookworm, threadworm (or pinworm), dwarf tapeworm & scabies (mites). ...Read more

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Does taking wormseed really work against parasites?

Probably not: Wormseed has been used for ascaris and oxyuris, but there is no evidence that it is effective, and excessive doses can cause death. ...Read more

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Can parasites be transmitted from person to person?

Transmit parasites: Yes some parasites can be transmitted person to person. ...Read more

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Can I use flebendazola to treat possible parasites?

As directed please: Flubendazole is an anthelmintic and is used to treat specific parasitic diseases. However, there is a lot of false information out there about what is and what is not a parasitic infestation. Please use it with proper advise from a licensed practitioner. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: parasites?

What is the definition or description of: parasites?

Not independent: Parasites require other living organisms for their own survival. Human parasites need substances from our bodies for survival and cannot live without contact with humans and sometimes other organisms. They may live in the blood stream, organs. Under the skin or nails, etc. Some parasites live in our pets, in insects, on plants, etc., but none live independent of whatever organism they are parasit. ...Read more

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Does taking goldenseal really work against parasites?

Alternative...: From an alternative health care perspective; yes. Ask your physician before you start any new medication; to see if it is right for you. You may need more 'standard' therapies to kill the nasties. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about dealing with a parasite in body?

Can you tell me about dealing with a parasite in body?

This a very general: Or vague question. An antiparasitic drug could be prescribed to eradicate the infection. I am not sure if I am providing the information you are looking for. ...Read more

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Which test is the most accurate for finding parasites?

Which parasite?: Complex question. There are numerous techniques for examining body fluids and tissues for parasites, but which are employed depends upon the condition being looked for. If this is a colonic parasite, many can be detected by stool examination micro or macroscopically, or for some there are antibody or pcr antigen detection methodologies. See an infectious disease expert and get evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat parasites from the beach?

What is the best way to treat parasites from the beach?

Seek medical care: It is best to be evaluated by your health care provider. Depending up the location of the parasite and the kind of problem the parasite is giving you, they may order tests or prescribe medication for treatment. ...Read more