parasites and/or bacterial overgrowth

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taadaa
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   Posted 2/28/2009 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
has anyone been told they may have parasites in their intestines?
what can be done to get rid of them? is it the same as bacterial
overgrowth? yukkkky! smhair

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   Posted 2/28/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Lots of kids get pinworms playing in sand boxes, etc. There are lots of different types of parasites that can get into the intestinal tract. Some cause symptoms similiar to CD. A person that has parasites is given anti-parasite medication, specific to the problem. An intestine that has unwelcome parasites is not the same thing as having a bacterial infection. Bacteria are different than parasites.
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broach
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   Posted 2/28/2009 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there as a veterinary technician we are always asked by pet owners about parasites. Kids typically get pin worms they cause a lot of rectal itching and can be picked up by kids in sandboxes, and especially from pocket pets (hamsters, gerbils, mice). They're easily treatable. Other intestinal parasites that do cause a lot of similar intestinal/abdominal distress to put it lightly the worms  are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Then there are protoza giardia, toxoplasmosis and cryptosporidium. That's a very simplified list theres over 300 total that can be found in humans. Can pick then up from food, especially if they are not washed properly, pets, contaminated water, beaches and list goes on. All are basically treatable by a antiparastic. Some may need surgery to physically remove them in case they block your intestinal tract or migrate to your muscles or worse brain. They can be deteched through simple stool tests but don't use a typical hospital lab request that it is sent out to large lab where their tests are more up to par and a parasitologist is on hand to review slides. Make sure to have the proper containers for your samples too.
Bacteria overgrowth means your natural flora is not functioning properly. Either too much taking over or too little allowing evil bacterial grow. Treatable by many ways like probiotics, antibiotics.
Sorry to go on forever but intestinal parasites are so over looked in humans and it's something that we're really pushing for doctors to screen everyone during their annual physical.
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taadaa
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   Posted 3/1/2009 7:38 AM (GMT -7)   
broach thank you for the info! I too agree that parasites are overlooked in humans..
my dr mentioned girardia because I lived on a lake where i swam and played often.
like you said there are tons of others as well. i did have the stool tests sent out and
the results showed mostly bad bacteria, so i will be seeing a parasite specialist soon!
I will post the results. thanks... so nice to know someone who is familiar with the big
bad parasites.

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   Posted 3/1/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
My niece recently thought she had developed Crohns too, turns out she actually had Giardia. Treated it with Cipro or Flagyl I think. She was off work for about 3-4 months, but is doing better now.
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snohare
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   Posted 3/1/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah Yes, nice to see the vets are on the ball with this broach, the more I find out about Lyme's Disease et al the more I am inlcined to think that the protozoa and other parasites will inherit the world....the meek will be their suffering homes ! eyes
ideaBTW, do you know of any good links to information on these nasty wee beasties ?

taadaa
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   Posted 3/2/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
snohare, I found info on medlineplus.gov,go to search and type in parasites.
nih.gov also has some info. The trick is finding out which parasite is having
a party in your gut. smhair

snohare
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   Posted 3/2/2009 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
yeah Thank you, taadaa. I will be looking at those.
eyes Of course for me, it is pretty irrelevant, trying to get a test for B12 is pretty much a marathon event so the idea of being diagnosed with anything out of the ordinary is frankly out of the realms of possibility. Which is where I hope the need for it stays ! yeah
eyes I apologise if I am being rude here, taadaa, but I simply have to ask. idea Are the "a"s in your name flat or acute ? Is your name pronounced like the word we use to herald a magician's trick, or is it spoken more like an Australian might mangle the word "today" ? smilewinkgrin

taadaa
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   Posted 3/2/2009 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
taadaa is acute little name don't you think sno?

snohare
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   Posted 3/3/2009 3:40 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah It has a certain cachet about it, yes indeedy. I was going to say a "je ne sais quio/quo/qua/quoi" but I don't know how... smilewinkgrin
Okay, if it's cute, I am making a unilateral decision - it is the magician's fanfare. tongue
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