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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 what seems like sesame seeds in my stool for about a year. I've been tested for parasites and it comes back negative. No symptoms. Not my diet.

I have what seems like sesame seeds in my stool for about a year. I've been tested for parasites and it comes back negative. No symptoms. Not my diet.

Gastroenterologist: These may be pieces of mucus. Consult a gastroenterologist who will perform a rectal examination in the office and also examine a stool specimen then. Any appropriate tests can be ordered after that assessment. ...Read more

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Tiny white specks in stool size of pinhead. What can cause this apart from pinworm? I took mebendezanole previously no symptoms. What other parasite??

Tiny white specks in stool size of pinhead. What can cause this apart from pinworm? I took mebendezanole previously no symptoms. What other parasite??

Not likely parasite: If your symptoms didn't improve with Mebendazole, it is unlikely that ua are lookng at worm related as other worms like round and tape worms as other worms or their body parts look different. Indigestion or malabsorption may cause small fat particles in stools. In folks with poor immune system certain fungal infections of the intestines can cause them to appear in stools. Get your stool tested. ...Read more

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I think I have a parasite because all my symptoms match. I have fat in my stool and all other test come back normal. PCP won't test for parasite?

I think I have a parasite because all my symptoms match. I have fat in my stool and all other test come back normal. PCP won't test for parasite?

Symptoms...: Other than fat in your stool, what other symptoms are you having? Are you certain what you see is fat?

while parasites may cause abdominal problems, they are less likely in developed countries. If you have traveled overseas or to a high risk area, it may be prudent to have more testing done. Otherwise, there are more likely reasons for your symptoms. ...Read more

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Need reassurance. I think I have parasites due to my symptoms, blood tests indicate no infection? Stool test due but doc says she doubts infection?

Need reassurance. I think I have parasites due to my symptoms, blood tests indicate no infection? Stool test due but doc says she doubts infection?

Need more info: Do you live in the us? If yes, have you travelled outside the us? If you have not been outside the us you do not have intestinal parasites. If you are or have been outside the us a stool examination should reveal any meaningful infestation with intestinal parasites. ...Read more

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Itchy anus for 2 months. No GI symptoms. 2 stool tests, negative for parasites. On hydrocortisone. Not going away. What can I do?

Itchy anus for 2 months. No GI symptoms. 2 stool tests, negative for parasites. On hydrocortisone. Not going away. What can I do?

Many diseases: Itching of the anus has many causes: hemorrhoids, excessive cleaning habits, anal warts, anal cancer, dermatitis and allergic reactions, fecal incontinence, food related (from spicy food, soda, chocolate), and many other diseases. If your symptoms persist, you should see a colorectal surgeon to examine the anus and if there is any lesion it may need biopsy or other treatments. ...Read more

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Parasite in stool?

Parasite in stool?

Why do you ask?: If you have GI symptoms, or any other symptoms, please see your doc. There are lab tests available that will tell you if you have parasites and which one (s). Then it can be treated. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What do parasites in stools look like?

What do parasites in stools look like?

Parasites: There are very few that are macroscopic (seen without a microscope), and many are diagnosed by the presence of their eggs. Sometimes ascaris and tapeworms can be seen with the naked eye. The first looks like a very large worm and the tapeworm segments look like short white cubes. ...Read more

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Can parasites be 3inches in length in stool?

Parasites: Depends on the parasite. Ascaris lumbricoides can be 6-10 inches in length. Chains of segments of tapeworms may be 3+ inches in length. ...Read more

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My stool stringy, rubbery, wirh mucas. Can I be still passing parasites. With the use of metamicil?

My stool stringy, rubbery, wirh mucas. Can I be still passing parasites. With the use of metamicil?

R U trying to cure: ...parasites with Metamucil? Sorry, but see your doctor for the correct diagnosis and treatment please. ...Read more

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What type of parasite might cause foamy stools? How could I have potentially contracted said parasite? I'm scared I might have one..

What type of parasite might cause foamy stools? How could I have potentially contracted said parasite? I'm scared I might have one..

Foamy stools: Just from this question, it is difficult to know what you mean by foamy stools. Are you having mucus on the outside of your stooIs? Is the entire stool foamy? I doubt that a parasite is likely to be your issue, but it is difficult to know just from this question. I would suggest if this has been going on for more than a few days to alert your parents and go to see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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How would I Know If I Have Parasites In My Stool Or In Me?

Send stool specimen: To a lab and have checked for O & P.Your doc will know this. Not every parasite shows in stool. You may want to see an Infectious Disease specialist if you have been traveling outside the U.S. Or are suspecting something exotic due to unusual exposure or circumstance. Good luck ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a stool ova and parasite exam done?

Where do I go to get a stool ova and parasite exam done?

Laboratory: After you have collected the stool specimen in a proper container, take it to the lab with an order. ...Read more

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Help? I believe I just found a lot of parasites in my stool?

See your physician: You may need medical evaluation and ova ; parasite checked stool. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: stool ova and parasite exam?

What is the definition or description of: stool ova and parasite exam?

Stool test: Stool is collected in containers given to you by a lab. The stool is then tested to see if it contains evidence for the eggs of the parasite or the parasite itself. ...Read more

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What information do I have to bring along to do the stool ova and parasite exam?

What information do I have to bring along to do the stool ova and parasite exam?

Just stool: If you have a good stool sample and it's in the proper container, the lab should be able to run an o&p test without any further information. ...Read more

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If you have parasite do they always move in your stool? If they don't move is I just u digested food?

If you have parasite do they always move in your stool? If they don't move is I just u digested food?

There are: Various parasites, many of which you can't see without a microscope. Some parasites shed their eggs in the stool. Usually foreign material in your stool is either something you ate, or the result of normal metabolism by your gut bacteria. ...Read more

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I noticed something that looked like small strings in my stool today. This is the first time I've seen them. Parasites?

I noticed something that looked like small strings in my stool today. This is the first time I've seen them. Parasites?

Stool: It is unlikely that the things that you see in your stool are due to parasites, but the only way to know for sure is to send a stool sample to the lab. If they persist, you should see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have multiple ova and parasite tests done and they all came back negative. My stool is covered in strings. What could be the cause.

I have multiple ova and parasite tests done and they all came back negative. My stool is covered in strings. What could be the cause.

Food fibers: If you do not have symptoms, do not obsess about the "strings".
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I have what looks like small nuts or minced garlic in my stool daily. Pieces are hard. Normal BM always. Tested negative 6 months ago for parasites.

I have what looks like small nuts or minced garlic in my stool daily. Pieces are hard. Normal BM always. Tested negative 6 months ago for parasites.

Stool analysis: These bits may be some undigested food fragments or solidified mucus. Perhaps a stool specimen should be submitted to the laboratory for examination and another analysis for parasites can be done as well. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a stool ova and parasite exam ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a stool ova and parasite exam ordered?

Any medical center: Your family doctor, internist or emergency room physician will have access to these type of laboratory evaluations. Discuss with them how to prepare the sample and have some idea of your exposure or symptoms to help in the search for the organisms suspected. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have parasite or worm other than stool test? Different ways?

How do you tell if you have parasite or worm other than stool test? Different ways?

Travel: If you did not travel to any place outside the US, you do not have worms in your stool.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Small white ring in stool, kind of like spaghetti o's. Stool was just mucus. Is it a parasite?

Small white ring in stool, kind of like spaghetti o's. Stool was just mucus. Is it a parasite?

Potentially: It could be. Go to your doctor to get a stool sample and get tested, and treated if necessary. ...Read more

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What does sesame seeds in your stool mean? I have not had any sesame seeds nor tomatoes, cucumbers, etc. Parasite?

Further eval: It's not clear what you are seeing in your stool however it sounds like it needs evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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Recently, I have had black spots in my stools. This is the first time I've noticed it. Does this mean I have parasites?

Recently, I have had black spots in my stools. This is the first time I've noticed it. Does this mean I have parasites?

Black spots: Black spots in your stool are more likely specks of blood in your stool. You can get tested by your doctor or an over the counter stool test to see if you have blood. You may require further testing. Parasites are unlikely unless you have recent travel or other risk factors. If so, your doctor can also test for this but this is low on the differential. ...Read more