After almost 3 years of suffering, we found out my son had Parasites, blastocystis hoministo be exact. The most difficult parasties to get rid of but the most common in the United States. The colonoscopy of a colon with parasites looks like the colonoscopy of a colon with UC.
Parasites are one trigger that present with all the common symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis. Here are some good sites to check out:
The majority of Doctors, GI’s and labs, in the United States and other industrialized nations, are not familiar with parasites. They are not familiar with the many different kinds, especially those that have mutated. This is because they were not trained to spot them. There is a belief in developed countries that parasites only infect people in under-developed countries. This is not true. With travelers and importation of foods, parasitic infections are becoming prevalent in developed nations.
According to the AMA (American Medical Association), they are thought to exist only in the tropics and ‘third world countries’. This is what you will hear from your doctor/GI. The truth is that industrialized nations are exporting foods from around the world. People are traveling all over the world and bringing them back with them. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) the incidence of parasites in the United States has increased dramatically especially amongst children.
The best way for you to find out if you have parasites is to find a GOOD parasitologist. My son had stool samples sent to 5 labs by Doctors he was seeing. None of them spotted the Blastocystis Hominis. It took sending a sample to the lab http://www.parasitetesting.com/index.cfm to find out he had them. His doctor put him on Flagyl but that only made him very sick and killed off the good bacteria in his colon giving rise to a yeast overgrowth which also causes Ulcerative Colitis symptoms.
Researching on the internet led us to Alinia. We requested that his doctor prescribe Alinia (Nitazoxanide) for him. He was put on a 3 day course of Alinia and the subsequent lab results came back negative for parasites. YAY! We also had to deal with the Yeast overgrowth and using Oreganol® and VSL#3® (probiotic). That worked. He has been in remission for over a year now, but still has sensitivity to foods and food dyes.
Here are some of the medications and alternatives that can be taken to rid yourself of parasites if you have them medications and alternatives to kill parasites.