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Blastocystis: Causes, Risk Factors, Signs and Symptoms

Blastocystis is an organism that occurs in the intestine. This infection develops in the stool of a person. Any forms of Blastocystis are linked to infection with symptoms.

The infection found in the stool of a person. When having diarrhea and gastro intestinal problems. Blastocystis inhabits in a digestive tract of a person. Without causing harm. The infection usually clears up on its own. There are no proven treatments for these infections. The infection of this condition called “Blastocystosis”.

WHAT CAUSES BLASTOCYSTIS?

The cause of this infection, is a microscopic organism called “Protozoa”. It’s a harmless bacterium that lives in your gastro intestinal tract. Blastocystis causing diseases is controversial. Because it doesn’t come with symptoms. And sometimes it comes with symptoms. Any stool samples with this infection. should see a physician. To find out the causes of your symptoms. The cause of this infection is through the following:

  • Oral-fecal Contact.
  • Hands are not properly washed after using the toilet.
  • Handling and preparing food after using the toilet.
  • Poor Sanitation.
  • Poor Hygiene.

RISK FACTORS

The following are can be at risk of getting the disease such as:

  • Young and Adult.
  • Men and Women.
  • Travel to a place where there’s poor sanitation.
  • Living in a place with poor sanitation.
  • Living in a place with inadequate water.
  • Living in a place where water isn’t safe to drink.
  • A person with poor hygiene.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

The signs and symptoms of the infections may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Excessive Gas
  • Weight Loss
  • Redness and Itchiness of the skin

TRANSMISSION

The transmission of the disease is unknown. But studies have found that u may get it through:

  • Ingesting uncleaned & dirty foods.
  • Ingesting dirty water.
  • Exposure to the environment.
  • Exposure to animals.

TREATMENT USED FOR BLASTOCYSTIS

The treatment for the disease without signs and symptoms is unneccessary. But if mild symptoms occur. Medications are available in treating the condition.

The following Medications are:

ANTIBIOTICS:

COMBINATION MEDICATIONS:

ANTIPROTOZOAL MEDICATIONS:

  • Paromomycin
  • Nitazoxanide (Alinia)

PREVENTION

The listed below are some precautions to avoid in getting the disease.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet.
  • Wash and peel the fruits and vegetables before eating.
  • Avoid buying food from street vendors.
  • Avoid eating undercooked meat, fish, and shellfish.
  • Skip eating salsa made with fresh ingredients.
  • Avoid ice cubes, juices made with tap water.
  • Prefer to drink canned juices and bottled drinks.
  • Use boiled water when mixing baby formula.
  • Practice proper hygiene and sanitation.
  • Eat fruits and vegetables that you peel yourself.

MEDICATION

Aside from Antibiotic drugs, Anti-protozoal drug, and combined drugs. There are natural home remedy used for medication.

Natural Home Remedy includes:

  • Garlic
  • Black Walnut
  • Goldenseal
  • Clove
  • Wormwood
  • Probiotics
  • Anti-Parasite Blend
  • Fiber
  • Zinc