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What is Blastocystis?

Blastocystosis an infection with the parasite Blastocystis hominis.

What is Blastocystis Hominis?

Blastocystis hominis is a common microscopic parasitic organism found throughout the world. It lives in the intestines of the host organism.

What are the Symptoms of Blastocystis?

Some people with blastocystis have no symptoms. When symptoms are present, the most common symptoms are:

  • watery or loose stools
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain
  • anal itching
  • weight loss
  • excess gas

Antibiotics, some cancer drugs, and medications used to control high blood pressure may also cause the symptoms listed above.

If you believe you have blastocystis, you should see your doctor. Your doctor will perform several tests to determine whether you have blastocystosis. Stool samples are often needed to help diagnose blastocystis.

How Long does Blastocystis last?

Blastocystis can last for weeks, months, or years.

Can Blastocystis be Treated?

Yes. Once your doctor determines you have blastocystis, he will prescribe medication to cure it and alleviate the symptoms.

How is Blastocystis Transmitted?

The exact way of transmission of Blastocystis is unknown. However, people who live in areas where sanitation and personal hygiene is poor are at an increased risk of developing blastocystis.

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