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When microscopic parasites enter the digestive tract and cause loose motions, you may be suffering from Cryptosporidiosis. This condition leads to infection in the intestines of humans and can also affect animals. The parasite is known as Crypto. It may also affect the respiratory tract.
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?
Although some patients can self-cure without medication, treatment for this disease is the prescription drug nitazoxanide (Alinia); other treatment includes hydration and possibly antidiarrheal medication. Immunodepressed patients may have difficulty clearing this infection.
DID YOU KNOW?
This acute infection usually comes with fever and lasts about two weeks.