Blastocystis hominis is a microscopic parasite sometimes found in the stools of healthy people as well as in the stools of those who have diarrhea, abdominal pain or other gastrointestinal problems. Infection with blastocystis is called blastocystosis.
Symptoms associated with the infection are diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps, bloating, excessive gas, and anal itching. The cause of your diarrhea may be difficult to diagnose. Even if blastocystis is present on a fecal exam, it may not be causing your symptoms.
To prevent blastocystis or other gastrointestinal infection by taking a number of precautions while traveling in high-risk countries.
Potential medications for treating blastocystis infection include the antibiotic metronidazole, the combination medication sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim, and the antiprotozoal medications iodoquinol or nitazoxanide. Proper statistics are not available for this disease in Switzerland.
Blastocystis Research Foundation is committed to research on Blastocystis hominis. Important research into Blastocystis hominis is being done right now in many university hospitals, medical centers and other institutions around the world.