Parasites

When are you most at risk of parasites?

It’s common for digestive issues to begin while travelling abroad or after a case of food poisoning while eating out. This can be a short spell of diarrhoea with cramping, nausea and fever that may be caused by a bacterial, viral or parasitic infection and is most commonly reported when travelling in South East Asia, Africa and Central and South America.

Often the more uncomfortable symptoms subside but general IBS symptoms can remain as single episode of travellers diarrhoea can increase the risk of IBS by approximately 5 fold.

Definition

Defined as 3 or more unformed stools each day during or after a journey
Or
Any number of such stools accompanied by fever, cramping abdominal pain or vomiting

Symptoms Associated with Travellers Diarrhoea

  • Blood in stool – 15%
  • Vomiting – 12%
  • Dysentery (blood and/or fever) – 22%
  • Cramps – 66%
  • Nausea – 46%
  • Fever – 18%

Testing

Understanding what’s going on ‘under the hood’ can be of particular help when dealing with long term digestive issues as we’d be able to use a more targeted approach. Stool testing provides valuable information on the types of bacteria present as well as if parasites are contributing to the overall picture. Approaches will then vary between which bacteria are (and aren’t) present which will enable me to offer the most appropriate support in the form of dietary suggestions and supplements to help rebalance, repopulate and restore the gut.

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