Parasite Tests - What Tests Are Performed To Identify Parasites

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Parasite Tests - What Tests Are Performed To Identify Parasites
Parasite Tests - What Tests Are Performed To Identify Parasites

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Last updated 3 July 2017 at 07:08 PM

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Parasites are microorganisms that survive by feeding on the organism of their host. Living in the human body, they cause serious health problems, and as a result of their reproduction, they can be fatal.

Parasitic organisms are usually classified into two types:

  1. Zooparasites, which include parasitic worms (helminths, flatworms), arachnids, ticks, molluscs, etc.
  2. Phytoparasites are parasitic plants, viruses, pathogenic fungi, etc.

Unfortunately, even modern society is not able to fully protect itself from infection with parasites, but if the analysis for parasites is carried out in time, you can avoid their reproduction and get rid of them without serious harm to health.


  • 1 Symptoms indicating the presence of parasites in the human body
  • 2 Tumor neoplasms
  • 3 Signs of parasites in children
  • 4 Diagnosis of invasive diseases
  • 5 Tests for the presence of parasites in children
  • 6 Stool analysis

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Symptoms indicating the presence of parasites in the human body


The penetration of parasites into the human body occurs through natural openings such as the mouth, genitals and anus. Less often, helminths penetrate through the skin, genitourinary system or ears.

Most often, invasive diseases are asymptomatic, showing their presence to me in no way. But with excessive reproduction, signs of various diseases appear, which usually do not indicate the presence of parasites, which significantly complicates treatment due to the inability to make the correct diagnosis.

However, there are a number of signs by which one can assume that parasites are present in the human body.

Among them:

  • frequent headaches;
  • regular joint pain;
  • unreasonable muscle pain;
  • frequent colds;
  • allergic skin rashes;
  • difficulty defecating and constipation;
  • grinding teeth while sleeping;
  • low efficiency, constant fatigue;
  • increased nervousness;
  • insomnia;
  • the appearance of cracks in the heels;
  • labored breathing;
  • disruption of the digestive tract;
  • sharp fluctuations in weight;
  • fragility of the nail plates;
  • itching in the anus.

Tumor neoplasms

It must be borne in mind that parasitic diseases can cause serious problems. For example, a large number of helminths can coalesce and cause intestinal obstruction.

Parasites can also cause chronic cell damage, cancer, anemia, or jaundice.

Signs of parasites in children


Symptoms to identify the presence of parasitic organisms in a child:

  • violation of the usual diet (lack of appetite, gluttony);
  • increased body temperature;
  • allergic rash;
  • moodiness, weakness, nervousness;
  • dark circles under the eyes;
  • pallor of the skin;
  • disruption of bowel function (diarrhea with mucus or constipation);
  • nausea and vomiting mainly in the morning.

Diagnosis of invasive diseases

Diagnosis of invasive diseases involves the detection of parasites (pinworms, amoebas) and their reproductive products (larvae, eggs). A blood test, feces, tissue scraping or sputum test is pre-assigned. To study samples, carry out:

  • histological examinations;
  • immunological studies;
  • blood macroscopy;
  • vegetative resonance tests.

Tests for the presence of parasites in children


Stool microscopic analysis may be required to pre-identify helminths in the traditional way. During the study, the presence of parasite eggs in a fragment of feces is determined.

For the most accurate result, a stool fragment must be submitted for examination to a laboratory no later than 45 minutes after a bowel movement.

During the study, parasites such as:

  • tapeworm;
  • themes;
  • round helminths.

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