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Stool Culture

A stool culture is done to identify the cause of lower gastrointestinal tract infections in case of diarrhea or other symptoms. This diagnostic test distinguishes between pathogenic bacteria that cause digestive tract diseases from the normal flora. It also detects pathogenic viruses and fungi.

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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 Kumar Bansari

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 »

I noticed hair-like worms, which do not move in my stool. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to know whether I have a worm infestation. I saw two threadworms in the toilet. I took one course of Albendazole and laxatives. I had this infection previously and took Albendazole and Mebendazole. Then I felt discomfort and saw a long thick brown hair and spider-leg-like objec...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Yes, they are roundworms such as ascariasis. You have already taken effective medications such as Albendazole (antihelmintic). And another drug of choice is Mebendazole, with the trade name Vermox. If you are still passing stool with these worms alive and moving, yo...  Read Full »

How can I find the type of parasite in my stool?

Query: Hello doctor, I have parasites in my stool. I have taken the tablet Vermox; however, it did not help. I am attaching the pictures for your reference. Kindly let me know about the parasite in my stool. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed the pictures you shared (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Can you share the test reports and doctor's prescription? Mebendazole tablet is an anthelminthic that blocks the uptake of glucose by the adu...  Read Full »

I have floating stools, itching, and burning skin. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have a stomach ulcer, and I went to a gastroenterologist. He examined my stomach and gave me a PPI (Protonix). Now, I have itching, burning skin, and floating stools. I think I got the ulcer after I had COVID-19 infection a month ago, and I took a lot of Naproxen Sodium. Coul...  Read Full »

Dr. Ghulam Fareed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your query, I understood that you had a history of COVID-19 a month back, for which you have taken Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Naproxen Sodium. In addition, you are currently on tablet Pantoprazole, an excellent proton pump inhibitor (aci...  Read Full »

I felt stomach irritation and blood in my stool and piles due to spicy food. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I had spicy food the day before, and the next day I felt stomach irritation, and then I noticed some blood in my stool and piles. I have taken antacids but am not seeing any results. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. You have two distinct issues: gastritis, most likely caused by spicy foods, and piles. You should aim to avoid eating foods that are fatty, greasy, or hot. Instead of resting after eating, go for a walk. Instead of la...  Read Full »

What can be done to treat long, thin worms that started in my anus and are moving all over my body?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from long thin worms that started in my anus and now moving all over my body. Scraping worms under my skin, behind my eye, nose, ear, face, and neck. Currently, I am taking the tablet Albendazole. I have done my blood test and sharing reports with you. Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the blood reports attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It shows increased leukocyte counts, including ANC (absolute neutrophil counts), lymphocytes, and monocytes but not eosinophil count, suggesting some acute infection or inf...  Read Full »

I am a 23-year-old male with digestion problems and recently experiencing heavy bloating. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old male, currently weighing 119 pounds. A year ago, I weighed 132 pounds. I have been experiencing digestion problems for the past 5 years. Over the past 6 months, my symptoms have included mostly constipation, but I have also had episodes of diarrhea in between. A couple ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello, I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries. I understand your concern. Do not worry. All symptoms seem to be due to poor digestion. Please undergo a stool examination, LFT (liver function test), and colonoscopy for a clearer diagnosis. Meanwhile, Please avoid oily, spicy ...  Read Full »

My poop is normal. But why am I pooping four to five times?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been defecating four to five times a day for the last four to five months. I have not sensed any symptoms like fatigue, weight loss, or blood in the stool. The poop is completely normal. I am worried about the frequency.  Read Full »

Dr. Sudeb Mukherjee

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems to be a case of functional diarrhea. An abnormal passage of a small volume of stool at an increased frequency is most likely due to rectal urgency. You can get the stool tested for OPC (ova/parasite/cyst). If it is negative, do not worry. There is nothing a...  Read Full »

Please suggest treatment for a 3-month-old baby suffering from loose stools.

Query: Hi doctor, My 3-month-old baby is having loose stools for the past 15 days. The color of the poop has turned from yellow to greenish-yellow with a bad smell. My child is having this issue for seven days. I consulted a pediatrician and he gave an antibiotic injection. But there is no improvement. Ho...  Read Full »

Dr. Farhana Yasmin

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have not mentioned the number of times of passing stools. Please mention whether you are giving breastfeeding to your child. Do not give him homeopathy medicines. You can give Erythromycin syrup one to three teaspoons four times a day for seven days. Give oral r...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from severe loose motions for the last two days. Kindly suggest a treatment.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old and have been suffering from severe loose motion for the last two days. I excrete whatever I eat. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly answer some questions so I can reach a diagnosis and start treatment. Since when are you experiencing these problems? What is the stools' amount, duration, frequency, and consistency? Any history of eating food from unhealthy sources in the past 48 hours? Is a...  Read Full »

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