It can be assumed that you may have parasites if you have a medical record of extensive periods of bloating and loose bowel movements. There are tests that diagnose human parasite infections:
– The ova and parasites test that entails three separate tests of stool samples, each sample taken at two day intervals. This is necessary for confirmation because some results may be false negative.
– Blood in feces is shown through a hemoccult test
– Cysts in the organs are unveiled by CT scans and biopsies
– Decreased red cell production, antibodies and ferritin are exposed by a regular full blood count test.
Intestinal parasites in humans symptoms
You may be affected by intestinal parasites if you experience most or all of these reported parasites in humans symptoms:
Weight loss, tiredness and fatigue; mucus in stool; bloating, gas and flatulence; paleness of the skin, which may be evident when you look at the palms and the inner eyelids; mild diarrhea that lasts for weeks to months, particularly if occurring a few days after traveling to a foreign territory with little focus on sanitation. There may be also visible evidence of intestinal parasites in humans symptoms, in the form of worms in the stool. In some patients, there may be no symptoms at all. Spread of the disease can be caused by contact with the feces of the infected.
More tangible symptoms of intestinal parasites in humans that have been experienced are colitis and ulcers caused by the parasite entamoeba histolytica, stools tinged with blood or pus, or perhaps both, and abdominal cramps. Worms may be visible in the stool, if the parasite with which the patient is infected is intestinal worms.
One might ask, “Now that I have confirmed that my symptoms of ill health are caused by a parasite, how do I get rid of them?” Well, it is important that the correct applications of treatment be applied for the best effect. Some anti parasite preparations include furazolidone, quinacrine and metronidazole. There is even treatment available for pregnant and nursing women: a drug by the name of paramomycin that does not filter into the bloodstream. To see the results of any medicinal treatment, you have to follow the instructions of your treating physician. It is of paramount importance to treat the source of infection in order to permanently eradicate the parasites.
Now that you have successfully treated the parasite infection, you want to minimize the risk of getting them back. It is easy, as the measures to be implemented are basic hygiene. Wash hands with soap after using the toilet, and before eating. Make sure that food is cooked thoroughly – eating meats rare instead of well done puts you at jeopardy. All fresh fruit and vegetables should be washed before consumption.