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Treatment of Parasites

How do I know if I have Parasites
A person who has travelled outside Australia, predominantly to Asian and Sub-Continent countries, may be at risk of picking up a parasitic infection in the bowel and could suspect having parasites if there are symptoms.

What are the signs and symptoms
Abnormal bowel function which may include abdominal pain, cramping, diarrhoea

How is it diagnosed
Your GP will order a stool test and will refer you to our centre if treatment is required.

What Parasites are treated using the Antibiotic Infusion?

We treat Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis using the Antibiotic Infusion treatment.

Blastocystis hominis is one of the most common parasites found in the human digestive tract and many of those infected are asymptomatic carriers. It can, however, cause a range of gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhoea and/or constipation, bloating, flatulence, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort and pain. In chronic cases it has been associated with symptoms including weight loss, blood in the stool, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, rectal itching, chronic fatigue and depression.

Dientamoeba fragilis is a parasite which can cause a range of gastrointestinal symptoms including diarrhoea and/or constipation, mushy stools, abdominal discomfort and pain. Other symptoms associated with this parasite are nausea and vomiting, headaches, dizziness, weight loss, chronic fatigue, low-grade fever, bloody stools and rectal itching. It has also been implicated in some cases of colitis, allergic colitis and bowel inflammation. Many people suffer symptoms for years before diagnosis and are often misdiagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

It is possible to treat these parasitic infections after which, most patients report either a complete resolution or a great reduction, in symptoms.

What is the treatment protocol for Antibiotic Infusions?

Antibiotic Infusion therapy involves the administration of an antibiotic suspension via an infusion into your bowel during colonscopy. The Infusion will be followed by a ten day treatment course of special antibiotics, administered orally and you will be instructed to complete a follow up stool test six weeks after your colonoscopy and antibiotic infusion procedure.

You will be advised of the preparation required and what to expect when you are booked in for the colonoscopy.

What happens after the first dose?

A common side effect is nausea, and you will be prescribed medication to help relieve the nausea.
The Doctor will prescribe a course of oral anitibiotics starting on the day following the colonoscopy.

How long do I have to retain the infusion for?

You will be asked to retain the infusion for as long as is comfortable following the colonoscopy, but at least 5-8 hours.

How do I know if it works?

You should notice a reduction in your symptoms.
You will be instructed to complete a follow up stool test six weeks after your colonoscopy and antibiotic infusion procedure.

Success Rates

Based on our clinical observations we are able to successfully eradicate parasites, including Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis using our Antibiotic Infusion Treatment Protocol in approximately 94% of cases.
You may benefit from taking part in this treatment, however, there is no guarantee that this treatment will work for you and you may experience side effects.

How much will it cost?

The out of pocket costs for the colonoscopy and consultation vary from person to person depending on Health Fund status and if you are entitled to a Medicare Rebate. The infusion is not covered by health Funds or Medicare but the infusion process is covered. Prices will be advised at time of consultation.