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Doctors for Cryptosporidiosis in Doiwala, Dehradun
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Cryptosporidiosis is a parasitic disease caused by a genus of protozoan parasites. It mainly affects children, mainly affecting the distal small intestine and respiratory tract. It usually occurs as asymptomatic infection, an acute infection (lasts less than 2 weeks) or a chronic infection. Common symptoms of intestinal Cryptosporidiosis are moderate to severe diarrhea, low-grade fever, crampy abdominal pain, dehydration, weight loss, fatigue, and nausea. For respiratory Cryptosporidiosis, symptoms are inflammation of the nasal mucosa, nasal discharge, hoarseness of voice, shortness of breath and fever
HOW IS CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is done by a health care practitioner who will perform a physical examination and get details of medical history. Diagnosis of cryptosporidiosis is made by examination of stool samples. The detection of Cryptosporidium can be difficult and patients may be asked to submit several stool samples over several days. Most often, stool specimens are examined microscopically using different techniques. Molecular methods are increasingly used in reference diagnostic labs since they can be used to identify Cryptosporidium at the species level.
HOW IS CRYPTOSPORIDIOSIS TREATED?
Symptomatic treatment of the disease included rehydration, electrolyte replacement, and antimotility agents. Supplemental zinc may improve symptoms. Highly active antiretroviral therapy is followed for individuals who are immune compromised
DID YOU KNOW?
The crypto parasite can cause serious problems in people with weak immune systems such as in people with HIV/AIDS. To reduce your risk of crypto, wash your hands often, avoid water that may be infected, and wash or peel fresh fruits and vegetables before eating.