Doctor insights on: Symptoms of parasites in toddlers
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
Yes, often.: Yes, parasites multiply without treatment and symptoms often progress. What symptoms occur depends on the type of parasite. Get rid of 'em! ...Read more
Giardia lamblia: Giardia lamblia, a single call protozoan (think paramecium) parasite is found in fresh water. It takes up residence in the small intestine causing symptoms mimicking celiac disease. The organism may be detected in a stool specimen. Sometimes endoscopy is necessary for diagnosis. Treatment is curative. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If you mean abdominal symptoms and diarrhea then the answer is "yes.". ...Read more
How long after ingestion of parasites does it usually take for someone to show symptoms of toxocariasis?
Difficult to say: The best evidence comes from measuring larvae in the organs (liver, brain, eye) of mice after feeding them toxocara eggs. The liver may be infected as soon as 7 days after ingestion. The brain takes longer & the eyes are the last to be infected. Infection is more likely with frequent ingestion of large amounts of eggs. Many people never get infection after ingestion. Some may become ill years later. ...Read more
What are some of the symptoms of parasites such as tapeworms and other types of worm parasites in humans?
You can't.: From symptoms alone, it would be impossible to differentiate IBS from a parasitic infection. However, if you have had a negative parasite exam performed by a reliable lab, the chances of a parasitic infection are very small. If you persist in having uncontrollable diarrhea, see your doctor or a gastroenterologist for further advice. Good luck. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can SSRI syndrome seem like symptoms of another disease? I'm afraid I have celiac or worms/parasites but I randomly stop taking my meds a lot.
Your medications: Are not listed but randomly stopping psychiatric medications or other serotonergic drugs can not only cause symptoms but can endanger your health. People who randomly start and stop their medications are like people who play Russian Roulette. Both are dangerous practices. ...Read more
What symptoms or "signs " can be confused for intestinal parasites? - and anal problems as well that would connect to parasites, but are not parasites
I have been had low grade fever for 3 month in nigeria. I am diagnosed malaria. What malaria parasite causes such symptom?
Malaria: Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease of humans and other animals caused by parasitic protozoans (a type of unicellular microorganism) of the genus plasmodium. Malaria causes symptoms that typically include fever and headache, which in severe cases can progress to coma or death. ...Read more
I have been experienced low grade fever for 3 month in nigeria. I was diagnosed malaria. What type of malaria parasite has such symptoms?
Malaria: Hard to know without seeing the blood smear slides. The likelihood is that it is not p. Falciparum, but any of the other species can potentially produce this clinical picture. ...Read more
For the past week I have noticed off white chunks (they look like beans) in my toddlers poo. I only feed him puréed baby food. Is this a parasite?
Take to your doc: Parasites not usually chunky. I suggest sending a picture to your doctor or taking the poo in for him to look at. It it perhaps parasites then the poop can be sent for evaluation. ...Read more
Took cipro (ciprofloxacin) for 3 days after getting TD in Mexico, felt better for a week, symptoms came back... Possible parasite or something else?
Yes: I would see your doctor. It could be that the infection was not adequately treated with 3 days of cipro (ciprofloxacin). It could also be a parasite or other infectious agent. Low on the list is c-diff which can be caused by taking antibiotics (usually much longer course than 3 days, however). ...Read more
What are diseases / parasites you can catch from birds (not eating, but handling live ones) that can manifest in you as psychiatric symptoms like ocd?
None: As far as I know, there are no bird-borne infectious diseases associated with ocd -- but people who have ocd may have contamination fears involving birds (and many other things). http://tinyurl. Com/pewrjwn some streptococcal infections may lead to neuropsychiatric symptoms in kids: pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections (pandas for short). ...Read more
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
I'm worried I don't know whether whether my 2 year old daughter has a tummy bug or some sort of parasite. The symptoms seem so similar.?
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
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