A parasite is an organism which exploits any other live animal for nutrition. In most cases, the parasitic process causes harm to the host as it removed nutrients intended for the host, or due to its ability to carry diseases into the body.
- Nausea, vomiting
- Gas, bloating
- Dysentery (loose stools containing blood and mucus)
- Rash, itching around the anus or vulva
- Stomach pain, tenderness
- Feeling tired
- Weight loss
- Passing a worm or section of a worm, in your stool
The likelihood of a parasitic infection is greatly increased if you experience any of the above symptoms following foreign travel.
How the test works.
Cambridge Nutritional Sciences carry out a total of 12 investigations. Samples are subjected to a microscopy technique that utilises Optimized Parasite Recovery (OPR) in order to ensure that all clinically relevant parasites will be identified. This process involves combining multiple stool specimens (taken over 3 consecutive days) for intestinal ova and parasite examination, as opposed to only using an individual sample for evaluation. Studies show that by combining stool specimens, the overall detection rate of parasites increases by more than 20%. Special stains are also used to enhance the detection of some of the common gut parasites.
When you order the test we will send you the stool collection kit with comprehensive instructions on how to collect and store your sample. Samples need to be taken on 3 different days, and put into the pots provided containing a preservative. When you have collected the required samples, you just post them back to the laboratory in the mail-safe container.
Test turnaround times
The results of our investigation will be returned to you within 10 working days.