B Hominis: A Case Study

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The lifecycle of the B. Hominis remains unclear up to this date (“Blastocystis,” 2012). This is a thick-walled cyst that is present in stools (“Blastocystis,” 2012). This parasite is transmitted through fecal-oral. This parasite can appear in many different forms like vacuolar and granular forms, mutlivacuolar and avacuolar forms, ameboid form, and cyst form (“Blastocystis Hominis,” n.d.). The cyst form enters the epithelial cells of the digestive tract and it multiplies (“Blastocystis,” 2012). Therefore, the vacuolar and ameboid form and then the vacuolar develops into a pre cyst (“Blastocystis,” 2012). Later, it gives it a thin- wall cyst which tends to be the reason of the infection. The ameboid also gives a pre-cyst with a thick-wall by…show more content…
hominis gets inside the intestinal tract. All we know is that the cyst wall thins out and thickens thorough the intestinal tract, and then it exits through the exertion in form of feces. Therefore, the parasite will be transmitted in many ways. But, the form that spreads the most parasite is the feces-oral method. For example, if someone uses the restroom and does not wash their hands, and afterwards they go into the kitchen and handle food they are spreading B. hominis to the person who will take the food. B. hominis has no know signs or symptoms. Someone who has B. hominis might not even know unless they are tested for it’; since, the symptoms are difficult to show. But, it is well known symptom that this parasite shows are diarrhea. In result of this, the parasite is carried through diarrhea or digestive…show more content…
Since, the FDA has not yet approved a set medication to treat B. hominis doctors will have to request some test to be done to determine what medication to prescribe (“Blastocystis,” n.d.). For example, a fecal exam, endoscopy, and blood tests (“Blastocystis hominis infection,” n.d.). Having a fecal exam done is the most common form of exam to determine the presence of B. hominis. Treating B. hominis can vary from person to person. If a case is mild there is no need to worry, since there is no harm being done to you, and it will go away as time goes on. But, if it is a severe case a doctor may prescribe antibiotics like metronidazole (used to treat bacteria in the stomach), tinidazole (used to treat bacteria in the intestines), sufamethoxazole plus trimethoprim (are combined together to treat traveler’s diarrhea), paromomycin (used to treat intestinal infections) and nitazoxanide (used to treat diarrhea) (“Blastocystis hominis infection,”
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