intestinal parasits

Omar O. Barriga oobarrig at
Mon Oct 28 01:25:23 EST 1996

In article <326F1784.B4A at> polina at (Paola Chorna) writes:
>From: polina at (Paola Chorna)
>Newsgroups: bionet.parasitology
>Subject: intestinal parasits
>Date: 23 Oct 1996 20:14:27 -0700
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>Reply-To: polina at

>Hi!, i'm from Aregntina and my father has intestinal parasites since
>1992, but, here in my country no specialist could give him a solution.
>First he was told that he had giardias but then a doctor told him he has
>Blastocysts hominis, do you know something about this disease, he keeps
>scratching his body all the time and has lot of acne, he is really
>desesperated, can you please send me some info, i would appreciate that.
>He was also told that he got it from some contaminated water during a
>trip, but he has no diarrea no throws up and hasn't lost weight.

>Please give me an advice if you can, thanks a lot again.....


Dear Paola:
	Argentina has excellent physicians that can verify and treat a parasitic 
infection in people (I am not an Argentinian so my opinion is not biased in 
that regard!).
	Giardia is a common parasite of humans and any gastroenterologist should 
be able to handle it very well. Blastocystis is not a pathogenic organism. 
Furthermore, the symptoms that you describe have nothing to do with either 
	I do not doubt that your father is unconfortable with his condition but you 
will not find solution through the electronic mail. PLEASE, ask him 
to go to a physician and stick with him/her.	
	Good luck,

				Omar O. Barriga, DVM, PhD

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