Blastocystis is a condition that is caused by the parasite, Blastocystis ‘hominis.’ The parasite lives in the small intestine and is passed out in the feces, surviving in the environment for long periods. Does blastocystis hominis skin infection go away? Blastocystis hominis infection is unpredictable, but does appear to come and go.
Blastocystis is found in every region in the United States and worldwide.
The Blastocystis hominis infection parasite lives inside the intestines of the host, infecting humans and animals including dogs, cats, horses, cattle, and pigs.
Blastocystis hominis is found in soil, food or water that has been contaminated by the feces of infected animals. It’s contracted by being swallowed, usually during the consumption of infected water or unwashed fruit and vegetables. You can also pick up Blastocystis hominis from bathroom fixtures, changing tables, diaper pails or kids toys that have been contaminated.
A Blastocystis hominis infection produces a number of gastrointestinal symptoms including:
You may also feel tired and achy and you could also develop a skin infection or rash. The symptoms don’t appear until some months or even years following infection. Some people suffer from an acute attack of Blastocystis hominis when the symptoms last for a few weeks only. Others may have indefinite duration symptoms and the condition is classed as ‘chronic’.
If you think you may be infected with Blastocystis hominis, you should consult your doctor immediately. You will be asked to provide a stool sample, which will be analyzed for evidence of the parasite.
Although there is currently no treatment for Blastocystis hominis that is FDA approved, some success has been achieved through the use of a variety of drugs, including Flagyl, which your doctor will prescribe for you. Blastocystis hominis skin infection and rashes can be treated with soothing antibiotic and anti-inflammatory creams.
Some sufferers have had success in treating Blastocystis hominis with colon cleanses or coffee enemas. Blastocystis hominis are adept at burrowing into the mucus that lines the intestines, making the parasites extremely difficult to detect and remove. Enemas and cleansers strip away the old mucus, removing the parasites at the same time.
Many people continue to show symptoms of an infection for many years until the problem resolves itself.
Blastocystis hominis is transmitted through contaminated water and by fecal-oral transmission. You can take the following steps to prevent infection.
Filter all your drinking water and never drink rain water, stream, lake or well water, unless you filter it first.
If you or your children are suffering from diarrhea, don’t go swimming in public pools or water sources where others are bathing. Before entering recreational water, shower yourself and your children with soap and water, paying particular attention to washing diaper-aged youngsters’ bottoms. This will prevent the spread of Blastocystis hominis to others.
Blastocystis hominis is a troublesome parasite that is easily ingested in contaminated water. Follow the guide above to prevent infection, and always consult your doctor if you think you or your children may have been infected.