What is it?
What is Entamoeba Histolytica?
Life cycle of the parasite consists of two stages. The first form is called as the Tropozoit , in which form the parasite stays in the intestines. The second form is called Cyst, as which the parasite is excreted out of human body through the feaces. The cyst may survive well outside the human body in feaces, uncooked or contaminated food stuffs and water.
Where else can the parasite cause
Who is at risk of amoebiasis?
How can I become infected with E. histolytica?
∑ By putting anything into your mouth that has touched the stool of a person who is infected with E. Hstolytica.
∑ By swallowing something, such as water or food, which is contaminated with E. histolytica.
∑ By touching and bringing to your mouth cysts (eggs) picked up from surfaces that are contaminated with E. histolytica
What are the symptoms of amoebiasis?
Intestinal amoebiasis or Amoebic dysentery: This usually runs a chronic course with some or all of following symptoms
∑ grumbling abdominal pains
∑ increased urgency and frequency of stools
∑ two or more unformed stools a day
∑ periods of diorrhoea alternating with constipation
∑ mucous and\or blood mixed stools
∑ tenderness in the lower abdominal region
∑ bloating of abdomen with gas
∑ abdominal cramps and tenesmus
∑ low grade fever
Hepatic Amoebiasis or Amoebic liver
∑ discomfort and tenderness in right side of chest in the region of liver
∑ pain in right shoulder
∑ swinging temperature and sweating
∑ cough, malaise and loss of appetite
If I swallowed E. histolytica, how quickly would I become sick?
Usually 1 to 4 weeks later but sometimes more quickly or more slowly
How is amoebiasis diagnosed?
∑ Stool examination for presence of parasite in it.
∑ sigmoidoscopy: viewing the distal part of large intestine for presence of ulcers on its walls
∑ examination of scrapings of walls of large intestines for presence of parasite in its cells
Of the entire above investigations usually first one suffices to confirm the infection.
∑ X-Ray chest to view single or multiple abscesses in liver
∑ Ultrasonography of liver
∑ examination of aspirate from liver
∑ Blood examination shows increased neutrophill count
Should I be concerned about spreading infection to the rest of my household?
Yes. However, the risk of spreading infection is low if the infected person is treated with appropriate medicines and practices good personal hygiene. This includes thorough hand washing with soap and water after using the toilet, after changing diapers, and before handling food.Dr.Manoj's Homeopathy
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