Parasitic Infection

Organisms that survive with the help of other organisms are called parasites. Infections caused by parasites that invade, reproduce, and make us sick are called parasitic infections. The common parasitic infections include malaria, dengue, toxoplasmosis, giardiasis, trichomoniasis, and amoebiasis.

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Do severe pain in the abdomen and rectal bleeding for six months indicate ulcerative colitis?

Query: Hi doctor, My 20-year-old son was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis six months ago. He has not responded to any medication, which has mainly been Prednisone and interview infusions. Initially, they gave him Lee all day, and he went from painless rectal bleeding to horrible pain to pancolitis. A co...  Read Full »

Dr. N Ashok Viswanath

Infectious Diseases Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Did they do any colonoscopy and biopsy study for diagnosing it as ulcerative colitis? The picture which you have uploaded with this query looks like segments of Funis Vermes, so-called rope worms, which is a rare parasitic helminth. They are usually single, but the s...  Read Full »

What is cutaneous larva migrans?

Query: Hi doctor, I feel like worms moving between my toes and feet with long slim white lines. They have two brown streaks and they bite with skin penetration and my skin turns white. They have penetrated my nostrils also and they have dark purple lines with two dots at the end. It looks like eyes. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your symptoms occur due to cutaneous larva migrains. It is a hookworm infection affecting skin caused by Toxocara. It comes from infected cats and dogs. It is best to do some tests to confirm it and start taking treatment according to it. You can do ELISA (enzyme-linked...  Read Full »

Is there any specific test to detect the presence of liver fluke eggs?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently came to know the risk of eating raw, undercooked river fish, the possibility of liver fluke parasite, which can cause chronic inflammation of the bile duct, and a major risk for bile duct cancer after 30 years (the lifecycle of the liver fluke). I ate a couple of undercook...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Bansari

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the whole query. Liver flukes pass their eggs in the stool, so stool for ova and parasites is the best test to detect infection. To detect the worms egg belongs, a microscopy examination of eggs has to be done. Otherwise, no specific blood test is avail...  Read Full »

Why do I have a high eosinophil and creatine kinase count?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old male who is 6.1 feet tall and weighs about 165 lbs. I recently got back some blood work online. All my blood cell counts fall within the normal range, except for my eosinophils, which are 1.1*10^9/L. As well, my creatine kinase levels are elevated at 324 U/L. Is this c...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Firstly, as you rightly mentioned, an increase in eosinophil count is seen in allergic conditions and specific parasitic infestations. As you have a history of allergy, it is reflecting the same in your blood count. Also, it is not too high to...  Read Full »

Is parasitic eye infection contagious?

Query: Hi doctor, My girlfriend had some irritation in her eye. So, we went to the doctor, who said she has a parasite in her eye. After reading about it on the internet, I am worried that she might go blind. It is a very new relationship, so I wanted to know if it is contagious?  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Bandivadekar

Eye Care Ophthalmologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The parasite inside the eye is usually, cysticercus or hydatid. It is not transmitted through natural sexual routes. It is usually ingested through food. Some parasites, for example, lice or mites infesting the eyelashes are transmitted through physical contact. But, the...  Read Full »

What are the symptoms and treatment of parasitic infection of GIT?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had GI issues which do not go away. There severity is cyclical. I have reason to believe that I may have a parasitic infection.  Read Full »

Dr. Hiren Patel

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, it looks like some parasite kind of thing but difficult to say from picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is better to get proper stool test with special stains that will tell kind of parasite. Other thing I want to know is what kind of GI...  Read Full »

What does neurocysticercosis mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to have an opinion about my brother's recent medical condition. He has been diagnosed with neurocysticercosis. Please explain.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad M. Hanif Md.

Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I feel sorry for your brother's recent disease. Neurocysticercosis is a parasitic disease and is actually the most common of the parasitic brain diseases. It is caused by Tenia solium, a tapeworm that is found in pigs. It damages the cerebral cortex at first and then may ...  Read Full »

I feel like an insect is moving on my skin. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Other than a psychiatric condition such as delusional parasitosis, are there any known real pathogens that can produce the sensation of loads of tiny insects residing and moving upon the skin that can spread or move throughout the body and causing intense itch? If so please provide n...  Read Full »

Dr. Arun R Kaushik


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Certain parasitic infection can also cause itching. You can get an eosinophil count check to get the proper diagnosis. For further doubts consult a microbiologist online -->  Read Full »

How to treat a belly button worm?

Query: Hello doctor, My abdomen has been swelling for months and is quite distended. Something felt like it was moving around in my stomach about eight months ago but I did not pay much attention to it. When I awoke yesterday, my rectum was itching and my belly button felt as if it had been cut. It felt wo...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post and the images you have posted (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Generally, there is no communication between the abdomen to the outside through the umbilicus. So, you will need to get an ultrasonogram of the abdomen d...  Read Full »

Does Metamucil cause rubbery stools?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37 year old male. My only diagnosed health issues are mild hypertension and acid reflux. I take medicines for both. Over the past three months, I had been experiencing a change in bowel habits. It starts with normal stool, then a bout of constipation or hard stool and then loose ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ankur Jindal

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is a standard description of functional bowel syndrome, probably IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). But, there is no alarming symptoms are present like weight loss, lump or blood in stools. Parasites will not cause these symptoms. Continue taking psyllium husk as required...  Read Full »

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