What is it?
Amoebiasis is an infectious disease caused by a one-celled parasite called Entamoeba histolytica, which causes both intestinal and extraintestinal infections. Although anyone can have this disease, it is most common in people who live in developing countries that have poor sanitary conditions. It also is found in people who have traveled to developing countries and in people who live in institutions that have poor sanitary conditions. It also commonly affects active homosexual men.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of amoebiasis include:
- Bloody stools.
- Abdominal pain.
What to expect?
If you are diagnosed with amebiasis, you can consider discussing the following subjects with your doctor:
- If you are taking other medications for other conditions, what treatment option is recommended?
- In order to prevent contracting the disease again in the future, what measures should you do?
In addition to treatment by your doctor, you can try the following things:
- Painkillers such as Tylenol might help in relieving pain and fever.
- Increase fluid intake.
Seek immediate consult if the following occurs:
- Symptoms worsens.
- Severe dehydration.