Fatigue that can continue for long even other symptoms subside
Feeling sick (malaise)
Some people may carry the parasite yet remain asymptomatic while in other people, signs and symptoms usually start appearing within 2 to 11 days of consuming contaminated food or water.
The diarrhea may subside within a few days on its own, or it may last for weeks. The symptoms can last for in patients with HIV or compromised immune system.
When to see a doctor
Your diarrhea may be caused by various reasons. Consult your doctor if the diarrhea persists for several days or recurs. Inform your doctor if you suspect being exposed to the parasite during a cyclospora outbreak or travelling to the affected regions. Look for the major sign, that is dehydration.
The microorganism that causes cyclospora infection is Cyclospora cayetanensis. It is a unicellular parasite that spreads through contaminated food or water and is present in stool of the infected person.
As opposed to some other foodborne parasites, cyclospora becomes infectious only after days or weeks of being excreted in the stool.
So, your chances of catching the infection directly from an infected person is almost zero.
4 Making a Diagnosis
Diagnosis of cyclospora infection is confirmed by lab test of stool sample. There are no blood tests to diagnose a cyclospora infection.
Mild signs are often self-limiting and do not require medical care. But you need to visit your doctor if the illness persists longer or the symptoms of dehydration become apparent.
How can I prepare for the visit
Getting prepared for the visit can optimize the therapy and help make the visit more fruitful.
List out all the symptoms
Mention if you have recently traveled to places where you might have been exposed to the causative organism
Write down your key medical information.
Write down the names of all your medications, vitamins or supplements.
Make a list of the questions to ask your doctor.
Some typical question can be:
What could be possible cause of my symptoms?
Do I need any tests?
What are the treatment options?
Is my condition self-limiting or do I need to take medicines?
Can you suggest me some home remedies to alleviate my symptoms?
What does the doctor want to know
A clear talk with your doctor can optimize the therapy and improve the outcomes. Prepare yourself to answer some essential questions from your doctor.
Your doctor might ask you typical questions like:
When did you first notice the symptoms?
Do the symptoms occur continuously?
How many episodes of vomiting or diarrhea occur in a day?
Does the vomit or diarrhea contain bile, mucus or blood?
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