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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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 icliniq.com. 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

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Diabetologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

How to treat anal itching due to intestinal worms?

Query: Sir, Iam severelly suffering from intestinal worms parasites.4 year ago I used to skip breakfasts in the morning in hostel, I have to reach colege early.. so I skip most of my breakfast. After those days till today I have severe intestinila worms.. anal itchness... rashes.. I am following good gygie...  Read Full »


Dr. Swati

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: hi.. good evening.. do u have any worms coming from stools? or is it just anal itching.. if there is perianal excoriation and any white coloured worms seen? then first is u have to get a stool microscopy done it is not a dangerous thing , Don't worry.. u need to follow certain guidelines.. pl...  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 icliniq.com. 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.

Cardiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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

Microbiologist, Criticalcare Physician, General Practitioner, Geriatrician, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/microbiologist  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, Internal Medicine Physician, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

How to stop by 9 year old son from bedwetting?

Query: Hi doctor, My 9 year old son has a problem with bedwetting. He does it around two to three times a week. Kindly suggest some treatment. My 5 year old daughter is suffering from cold, cough and stomach pain sometimes. Please suggest a few medications for her. Thank you in advance.  Read Full »


Dr. Shilpa Sharma

Homeopathic Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For son, During the night, when exactly does your son passes urine? Is it immediately once he goes to bed or sometime in between? Does he feel chiller during the night? Or does he enjoy summer? I would advise you not to give him any liquid diet one to two hours bef...  Read Full »

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