Blastocystis Hominis, Dientamoeba Fragilis Entamoeba Histolytica

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What is Blastocystis Hominis | Dientamoeba Fragilis?

Author : Hazel Econs

These parasites are found throughout the world. They can be found in the gastrointestinal tract of healthy people as well as those who are suffering symptoms such as travellers diarrhoea, chronic diarrhoea, constipation, weight loss, abdominal pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, excessive gas and so on. In children the parasites can cause failure to thrive.

The life cycle of blastocystis hominis, entamoeba histolytica and dientamoeba fragilis is not certain, it can remain in the intestine for weeks, months or years. However, many people do carry them but they do not have any symptoms.

How these particular parasites are transmitted is not certain, although the number of people infected seems to increase in areas of poor sanitation and hygiene; ingesting contaminated food, close contact with others who have the parasites, contact with contaminated animals may be another way.

Although the diagnosis of Blastocystis Hominis and D.Fragilis is often seen as controversial, research studies conducted by infectious disease specialists in nine countries, found that over 95% of papers published in the last 10 years identified it as causing illness in healthy individuals.

We use reliable stool tests, which are available in a few laboratories, to accurately confirm and identify these particular parasites. As the parasites are fragile and cannot live for long in the environment, it is essential that a special fixative is used when taking the stool sample. As they are not always found in every sample, it is recommended to take more than one sample, usually three.

Although there are some natural treatments used for blastocystis hominis and dientamoeba fragilis and short courses of antibiotics, in our experience they are ineffective in eradicating the amoebas. The most successful treatment is a combination of specific antibiotics recommended by Professor Borody, a Consultant Gastroenterologist in Sydney, Australia, who has successfully used several medications for these parasites, for many years. Dr Econs has also been prescribing these various combinations of anti-parasitic agents since 2001.

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