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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Intestinal Parasites In Children

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Can parasites cause severe constipation? I went to South Africa 4 months ago & while there started to have many symptoms of intestinal parasites.

Can parasites cause severe constipation? I went to South Africa 4 months ago & while there started to have many symptoms of intestinal parasites.

Unusual: Constipation would be an unusual symptom in intestinal parasite infection. Diarrhea is much more common. But the parasites do affect movement/motility of the bowel, so constipation could be part of the cycle. If you haven't done so already, contact your doctor/health department to submit stool samples to check for all intestinal pathogens. That said, the constipation may well be irritable bowel. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

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


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What infection or disease can be (or have) the same symptoms as intestinal parasites? And what can be mistaken as intestinal parasites?

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

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What symptoms or "signs " can be confused for intestinal parasites? - and anal problems as well that would connect to parasites, but are not parasites

What symptoms or "signs " can be confused for intestinal parasites? - and anal problems as well that would connect to parasites, but are not parasites

Hemorrhoid /colitis: Those + diverticulitis. All can cause rectal symptoms or lower bowl ssx + pain, fever, pain, bleeding, anemia tho there are more. With bowel ssx b cn by a GI guy 4 screening & xam. ...Read more

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I've had migraines and double vision. Numb hands shortness of breath. Recently tested positive for intestinal parasite. Could it cause other symptoms?

I've had migraines and double vision. Numb hands shortness of breath. Recently tested positive for intestinal parasite. Could it cause other symptoms?

Parasites: Can cause lots of GI symptoms but not the symptoms you mention. You need to see your doctor ASAP for help. If he/she is not able to help please move on to a specialist such as a neurologist and/or eye doctor. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How do you get intestinal parasites?

Fecal contamination: It depends on the parasite. Hook worm larvae penetrate through the skin. Round worm, pinworm, strogyloides, trichiris.Giardia, cryptosporidium are usually due to fecal contamination of food or drink. Tape worms are due to eating of undercooked meats, beef or pork. ...Read more

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Can intestinal parasite cause coughing?

Can intestinal parasite cause coughing?

Yes: This depends upon the particular parasite, but as one example strongyloides stercoralis circulates through the lungs, as do several other intestinal parasites. ...Read more

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What do I do about an intestinal parasite?

What do I do about an intestinal parasite?

Eval: Please seek medical attention. Medical evaluation is important and you may require anti-parasitic medication. ...Read more

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I would like help identifying this intestinal parasite?

I would like help identifying this intestinal parasite?

There isn't enough: Information to answer this question. Consider seeing your physician or an infectious disease specialist. You can also provide my more information and obtain a more individualized response by asking one of the infectious disease doctors (there is a nominal fee). ...Read more

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What is a good medicine for internal/intestinal parasites?

What is a good medicine for internal/intestinal parasites?

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

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What are the chances of contracting an intestinal parasite in the usa? Specifically washington

What are the chances of contracting an intestinal parasite in the usa? Specifically washington

Intestinal Parasites: 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

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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.

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

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Will charcoal remove an intestinal parasite?

Parasites: Activated charcoal has long been advocated as a home remedy for parasitic infections, but the validity of this has not withstood the challenge of controlled testing. ...Read more

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Could you diagnose an intestinal parasite through a colonoscopy?

Could you diagnose an intestinal parasite through a colonoscopy?

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

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I'm scared! Worried about racoon intestinal parasite exposure! Someone help me?

I'm scared! Worried about racoon intestinal parasite exposure! Someone help me?

Not enough info: How was the exposure accomplished? What specific parasite are you concerned about? ...Read more

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What are the types of intestinal parasites that cause chronic intestinal ulceration?

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

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Will laxatives help remove intestinal parasites?

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

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What is a natural way to get rid of intestinal parasite?

What is a natural way to get rid of intestinal parasite?

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

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How do you get rid of intestinal parasites out of a human?

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

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If I sleep next to someone who has human intestinal parasites can I get them?

If I sleep next to someone who has human intestinal parasites can I get them?

Maybe: If they are pinworms and you touch the eggs and put your hands in your mouth. Pinworms tend to go through families. Other types of parasies are not transmittable. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what causes intestinal parasites & how do you get rid of them?

Can anyone tell me what causes intestinal parasites & how do you get rid of them?

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

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What should I do about my intestinal parasite testing after return from india? What will they check for and how?

What should I do about my intestinal parasite testing after return from india? What will they check for and how?

Intestinal parasite: In india, you are more prone to develop amebiasis, giardiasis, ascariasis, hookworms, pin worms, in addition to this you may have shigella, e. Coli some other viral infections. A stoo test, culture is needed to appropriately treat. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Does taking black walnut really work against intestinal parasites?

Does taking black walnut really work against intestinal parasites?

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

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What are some natural remedies for intestinal parasites? And how do you take them?

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

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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.

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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Does sodium bicarbonate kill intestinal parasites?

No: If you have intestinal parasites you will need a proper diagnosis and the appropriate anti-helminthic (treats worms) or anti parasitic prescribed for you. You need to know exactly what you have. I can't think of anything that is killed by baking soda. You need an evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had an MRI for brain - was diagnosed intestinal parasites. Results?

What do you recommend if I had an MRI for brain - was diagnosed intestinal parasites. Results?

Cysticercosis?: Do you have neurocysticercosis (pork tapeworm)? If so, whether or not treatment is necessary depends on a number of factors. If the brain cysts are involuted/calcified, no treatment may be necessary. Speak with your doctor about the next steps. ...Read more

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What is a good herbal or other holistic remedy to get rid of intestinal parasites such as pinworm?

What is a good herbal or other holistic remedy to get rid of intestinal parasites such as pinworm?

Artemesia: Several anti-parasite medicines have been derived from the active ingredient in artemesia (wormword) - this herb may be effective to prevent chronic infection with parasites when traveling or in treating active disease. You should not use without physician supervision, however, as artemesia is a powerful pro-oxidant and may cause problems if used long-term. Often medications are needed. ...Read more

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What's the intestinal disease caused by a single cell parasite from rat droppings in drinking water?

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

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Can they detect intestinal parasites, yeast or H. Pylori in a gastroscopy?

Can they detect intestinal parasites, yeast or H. Pylori in a gastroscopy?

Yes: An EGD or gastroscope or upper endoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy can detect all three via tissue biopsy ...Read more

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How do you know if you have stomach/intestinal parasites? Could I get them from eating fast food or in restaurants?

Not likely in USA: You are very highly unlikely to get parasites by eating restaurant food in the us. ...Read more

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Can having an intestinal parasite affect the absorption of the birth control pill?

No study available: This is conceivable, but do not have data with which to answer your question. Part of this would obviously depend upon the particular intestinal parasite (one which alters the cells lining the small bowel would be more likely to interfere with absorption), but even then, whether the malabsorption would extend to BC pills is not easy to determine. ...Read more

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Can humans get intestinal parasites from a dog bite? Infected bite was treated by taking cladin mycin and cipro (ciprofloxacin)

Can humans get intestinal parasites from a dog bite? Infected bite was treated by taking cladin mycin and cipro (ciprofloxacin)

Hello.: Hello. Yes. Dogs can pass bacteria, viruses and parasites in their stool and then can lick the stool, so that it is in their saliva. Here are some possible bacteria: campylobacter, capnocytophaga canimorsus & leptospira. Viruses can include rabies. One possible parasites is bartonella. Many times the dog's bite causes the person to become infected due to bacteria that is already on their skin (like staph and strep). Dogs can transmit 65 types of parasites to humans (although not all can be transmitted by biting). ...Read more

Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more