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What is the most common parasitic infection in the united states?

What is the most common parasitic infection in the united states?

Depends upon locatio: Round worms and hook worms are fairly common in the south
check your communicable disease web site. ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Can parasitic infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Can parasitic infection cause gastrointestinal fistula?

Yes, very rarely.: A fistula is an abnormal communication between two areas of the body. Any inflammatory or traumatic event can cause a fistula. Though very rare, in theory a parasitic infection could cause this. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between parasitic infection and anemia? In diagram.

What is the relationship between parasitic infection and anemia? In diagram.

Complex: Assuming parasites means protozoa and worms. Malaria is one of the world's greatest causes of anemia, and hookworm and other intestinal worms cause iron loss and ultimately anemia. It's unfortunate that these exist nowadays. Don't accept a diagnosis of "parasites" from a non-evidence-based practitioner. ...Read more

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Would bilirubin levels be high if a person had jaundice caused by parasitic infection?

Would bilirubin levels be high if a person had jaundice caused by parasitic infection?

No one answer: Parasitic infestation may not increase bilirubin; it may be minimally elevated in malaria, and babesia; bile duct blockage by round worm could cause high bilirubin, liver fluke and advanced shistosomiasis would raise bilirubin depending on the parasite burden. ...Read more

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How can one detect a parasitic infection?

How can one detect a parasitic infection?

Too broad: Your question is too broad. There are many parasites that infect humans and they can infect many organs. You need to specify what organ you're concerned about. ...Read more

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What are signs to look out for a parasitic infection?

What are signs to look out for a parasitic infection?

Yes: Intestinal parasites are easily acquired at times from under cooked, unwashed, and contaminated foods. Signs and symptoms are constant diarrhea, increased bowel rumbling sounds, bloody stools, intestinal cramps, and foul gas. Usually bowl movements immediately after eating and being awaken to have a movement are some tell tale signs. ...Read more

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What are the health implications of a severe parasitic infection?

What are the health implications of a severe parasitic infection?

Depends on what: And where. Severe malaria leads to death. Severe intestinal round worms can lead to malnutrition and and distress. Severe trichinosis can cause seizures and fever and muscle aches. ...Read more

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Can parasitic infection cause gallbladder disease?

Can parasitic infection cause gallbladder disease?

Yes, rarely: There are a few types of parasitic worms that are capable of getting into the liver and bile ducts. This happens almost exclusively outside of the United States. ...Read more

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What sort of parasitic infection can be found in the human eyes?

What sort of parasitic infection can be found in the human eyes?

Many: There are number of parasites that have been found in eyes. Fortunately, this is a rare occurence in the U.S. A few of the more common ones are toxocara canis, the dog roundworm, histoplasma, a fungus endemic in the ohio river valley and toxocara, a protozoan, passed to fetuses from mothers who handle cats during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan show parasitic infection?

Can a CT scan show parasitic infection?

Of What?: Ct scans can show parasitic cysts in the liver. Tapeworms in the bowel can sometimes be seen with barium in their bowels! Trichinosis can be seen in the brain. What are you worried about. ...Read more

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Splenic cyst, 16-17cm, no other symptoms, extensive bloodwork, no parasitic infection, no malignancy, can't conclude if hydatid or of what kind.?

Splenic cyst, 16-17cm, no other symptoms, extensive bloodwork, no parasitic infection, no malignancy, can't conclude if hydatid or of what kind.?

Leave it alone: Benign cysts like this are uncommon, mysterious, and a non-problem. They're probably little developmental things, like dimples only involving the spleen, and that grow over time. If you're confident that you don't have echinococcus (travel history is key), forget about it. ...Read more

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If CBC blood test comes normal, can I say that I have no parasitic infection? Assuming this test as the first step before specific parasite diagnosis.

If CBC blood test comes normal, can I say that I have no parasitic infection? Assuming this test as the first step before specific parasite diagnosis.

No: CBC isn't sensitive for parasites. Why do you ask? There are a bunch of crooked websites that try to scare you into thinking you have horrible invaders. If one of these upset you, I am sorry. ...Read more

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How long after parasitic infection (say trichinosis), does eosinophilia occur in a WBC differential?

Unpredictable: Eosinophilia may or may not develop. It only helps to make a diagnosis when it is present. But it is not always there when you have parasitic infections. ...Read more

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Have been diagnosed with suspected parasitic infection. When I take 100mg bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) a day it's under control, flares up otherwise. Request advice on med?

Parasite infection: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is an antibiotic which means its chief effect is on bacteria, not parasites. That said, Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) does work for cyclospora and isospora- parasites that cause diarrhea. It doesn't make sense that your symptoms return after a treatment course- unless you are getting re-exposed somehow in your environment or something "unrelated" to these purported parasites is occurring. Best to go see an MD. ...Read more

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What one blood test will tell if someone has a parasitic infection? (going to s asia.)

What one blood test will tell if someone has a parasitic infection? (going to s asia.)

None: No single blood test will give the diagnosis of all parasitic infections. Anyone who tells you otherwise is practicing fringe medicine. Be careful on your trip, get your required immunizations and take malaria prophylaxis as recommended, and when you return should you develop any illness let your physician know your travel history. Have a good trip. ...Read more

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I have a parasitic infection (unspecified at the moment). Is it safe to have a medial branch block?

I have a parasitic infection (unspecified at the moment). Is it safe to have a medial branch block?

Probably safe!: Facet Joint injections are useful for controlling referred pain from your spine.
Most parasitic infections do not affect your spine!
Trichinella affects your muscle
Neurocysticercosis the brain!
Toxolasmosis can affect muscle and brain!

Depends on the parasite and its body location!
Most parasites are in the GI tract! ...Read more

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Tiny black string/small worm like shape pieces in stool not stringy. Some white pieces too. Is it Blood in stool, parasitic infection, something I ate?

Tiny black string/small worm like shape pieces in stool not stringy. Some white pieces too. Is it Blood in stool, parasitic infection, something I ate?

All of the options: ...you mentioned are of course possible. Without more information, we can't tell from here. Simple stool analysis by your doctor should address your concern & facilitiate appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can small multiple liver cysts[subcentimeter] seen on CT, be caused by a parasitic infection? [ health not good], and I m worried about such infection

Possible: A form of hydatid cyst may present with multiple small cysts in the liver. However, unless you have been tending to sheep and were exposed to dog feces, it is highly unlikely that you have this parasitic infection. You should talk to the doctor who ordered the test and with her/his help consult the radiologist who read the CT.
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. 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. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
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I had a parasitic infection in april now the infection is cleared but still having some unusual symptoms like excessive gas, bloating &freq urination.

I had a parasitic infection in april now the infection is cleared but still having some unusual symptoms like excessive gas, bloating &freq urination.

Sometimes happens: It is not unusual for residual symptoms to persist for a while. This may be particularly true for more severe infections. If you have made certain that the initial infection has been cleared, then it is not unusual and you can monitor it for a time. But see a doctor if the symptoms change or become more severe. ...Read more

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How can a thyroid gland grow back?

How can a thyroid gland grow back?

Glands grow: If not all of the thyroid was removed, the remnant will likely grow back, especially if the TSH was slightly high or normal (tsh is a stimulus to growth). Surgery usually does not remove every last cell of the thyroid, even if it is called a "total thyroidectomy". See your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What does a lumpy thyroid gland mean?

What does a lumpy thyroid gland mean?

Can mean many things: A lumpy thyroid gland may have a nodule or nodules that can either be benign or cancer. Frequently when you have multiple lumps in the thyroid it is due to what is known as a multinodular goiter, which is benign, that is not cancer. However, the usual approach is to get an ultrasound of the thyroid and evaluate the nodule or nodules. A biopsy may be necessary. ...Read more

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How to make your thyroid gland work again?

How to make your thyroid gland work again?

Thyroid: If thyroid gland is not functioning properly and not secreting enough or secreting excessive hormones then you can given medications to help. Please consult your GP. ...Read more

Thyroid Gland (Definition)

It is an endocrine gland which produces thyroxin hormone which controls the metabolism in every cell in the body. It produces 80 to 90%t4 and 10 to 20 %t3. These control rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of functions of many cells in the body it is ...Read more


Dr. Harinder Gill
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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more