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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have found ant-like creatures floating above my stools 2 or 3 times now. their bodies are in 2 parts, they are swimming and they are small, maye 1/4 inch. i'm not certain that they come from my body, but i am concerned that i have seen them in my toilet bowl more than once now. i am transgender and it is very hard for me to go to the doctor about genital issues, since i am often treated badly in medical environments. i have researched this issue and know that intestinal worms are common - but this is clearly not a worm. any advice or ideas would be very appreciated.
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi there
Doctor :   Let me read what you have written
User :   thank you
Doctor :   Do you have abdominal pain?
User :   not at all
Doctor :   Do you de- worm yourself every 6 months?
User :   how do i do that?
Doctor :   You should take tablets like albendazole
User :   okay, i can do that
Doctor :   once in every 6 months
Doctor :   Do you have any itch in the anal region?
User :   is it possible this is a parasite? i cannot find any information about a parasite like an ant with little legs
Doctor :   How times have you noted them in your stool?
User :   very occasionally, yes
User :   as i typed above, 2 or 3 times
User :   not in my stool, but floating above it
Doctor :   Most of the intestinal human parasites are with out legs
User :   please could you tell me if any have legs?
Doctor :   So probably they come from the pan
Doctor :   No most of them dont
User :   is albendazole the best medicine to take?
Doctor :   Yeah one of the commonly used one
Doctor :   but with precautions
User :   precautions?
Doctor :   if you have any allergy etc
User :   please could you tell me which parasites have legs?
Doctor :   Before that i would advise a stool examination for ova,cysts,egg,larva etc
User :   before taking the albendazole ?
Doctor :   the legs off course are not like ants
Doctor :   they will be like hooks etc
Doctor :   to hold on to intestine
Doctor :   they wont walk in our body
Doctor :   they either swim or glide
Doctor :   yes before albendazole you may do a stool test
User :   is it possible that it looks like an ant?
User :   thank you for explaining
Doctor :   no rare
Doctor :   Do you have diarrhoea?
Doctor :   Do you have any indigestion?
User :   no
Doctor :   Parasitic diseases such as Ascariasis, Hookworm, Strongyloidiasis and Whipworm can be diagnosed by examining stools under a microscope for the presence of worm larvae or eggs.
User :   i do have cockroaches in my home so i have been wondering if these might be baby cockroachs. except i never see the larger ones in the toilet
User :   thank you
User :   the reason i have come online to ask rather than going to the doctor, is that i am transgender. doctors treat me quite badly because i do not pass as either male or female
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Dont worry you will be alright
Doctor :   Do give an proper examination of you stool pan too !!!
User :   okay, thank you!
User :   may i ask you where you are writing from? i'm just curious :)
User :   will it make me sick if i don't go to the doctor?
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   that's my last question
Doctor :   no,worm infection is not an emergency
Doctor :   but do give a stool examination done
Doctor :   for you mental satisfaction
User :   i understand
User :   thank you so much for your help
Doctor :   Good
Doctor :   THANKS For consulting..Bye for now
Doctor :   Take care..
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