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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I have always had problems with frequent bowel movements and gas issues without any stomach pain. Please help?
Query: Hello doctor. I have always had problems with bowel movements, as far as I can remember. It is not severe, but on a milder scale. However, four years ago, my bowel movement problems went from mild to moderate. I would go to the toilet first thing in the morning, and I always had a feeling of incomp... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your clinical history points towards constipation, which needs dietary modifications, medications, and complete evaluations if the condition is not resolving. You can avoid foods that induce constipation, for example, maize-based foods, bread, biscuits, and red meat.... Read Full »
Tests for stomach pain revealed a high eosinophil count. What to do?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a stomach ache from the last two months. It got worsened last week and I was admitted to a hospital. A lot of tests were done. The CBC revealed eosinophilia. The gastroscopy revealed an edematous duodenum. A duodenal biopsy was taken. I have attached my biopsy report. I want to u... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I reviewed your biopsy report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and the findings were normal. There is nothing to be worried about. You will need to use PPI's (proton pump inhibitors) to improve your symptoms. Regarding your eosinophilia, it ... Read Full »
I saw black flakes on my stool. What does it mean?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 38-year-old, I have IBS, and I have had it since I was 15. I had my first colonoscopy at 30 because I wanted to be safer than sorry. I eat healthy food, do not smoke, and do not usually drink. I work out. I started on the paleo diet about six weeks ago, and everything has been ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Was it anything in your diet that might explain the flecks? You said you eat bananas every day. Sometimes bananas have black seeds that appear in the stool that way. Similarly, other food particles which are not properly digested come out through the stool and may ap... 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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
I have had abdominal pain and stomach flutter for over three months. What can be the reason behind this?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29 year old male, and I am concerned about my health. I had an episode of possible food-borne illness, three months back. That time, I had shivers, fluttering pain in lower abdomen, fever, and high bilirubin. The symptoms have gone, except for occasional fluttering. My bilirubi... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Most likely, it is gastroenteritis or stomach flu. Gastroenteritis is inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that involves the stomach and small intestine. Signs and symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, backache, lack of energy, and dehydration. ... Read Full »
My poop is normal but I am worried about the frequency. Please advise.
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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
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 »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »
Kindly help me cure chronic amoebiasis permanently.
Query: Hi doctor,I have been suffering from chronic amebiasis from childhood. I am now 47 years old. Mucous problem is there most of the time. I cannot be able to digest spicy and fried foods. And, I cannot tolerate acidic food items. I am taking medicines like Norfloxacin TZ and digestive enzyme tablet. E... Read Full »
Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I suggest you undergo a stool culture followed by drug sensitivity test. The result will provide you with the exact medication that your infection is sensitive to.Also, it will provide the medications that you should avoid as your infection will be resistant to.Kindly cons... Read Full »
Why do I have recurrent upper abdominal pain after eating?
Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from an upper abdominal pain. It feels like winding as if I am being kicked repeatedly. I feel this pain mainly after I eat. It all started last week, but it was very mild for two days. But, then it got much worse the next day. Then next day, the pain became so bad that ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from an ailment called as gastroenteritis. It is also commonly referred to as stomach flu. The gastrointestinal tract, which comprises of the small intestine and stomach gets inflamed. Gastroenteritis is indicated by the symptoms such as diarrhea, ac... Read Full »