Parasite Test

Test type
Lab Test

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Rapid Test

This test is also available as a rapid test offered at a lower price measuring only 3 parasites that you can do from home with immediate results. It does not include recommendations if you have parasites. See here for more information.

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Collection method
Stool

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The Parasite Test detects six common parasites using a stool sample: Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, Cryptosporidium spp., Cyclospora cayetanensis, Blastocystis hominis, and Dientamoeba fragilis. While these parasites can remain dormant for years without causing symptoms, they may later become active, leading to issues such as IBS, diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, depression, or joint problems. Taking this test allows you to proactively manage your health and make a fresh start.

Additionally, considering nutrient level tests for Amino Acids, Vitamins (B12, folate, D, E, Q10), and a Nutrition test can be insightful, as parasites may affect nutrient absorption. For a broader understanding of gut health, our Candida, Gut Microbiome XL, and SIBO tests offer further insights into your digestive system’s condition.

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Which parasites are analysed in the Parasite test?

Blastocystis hominis
Blastocystis hominis is a common protozoan intestinal parasite, often identified in people with gastrointestinal complaints. While its pathogenic role is debated, it's associated with a range of digestive symptoms and is a frequent finding in stool tests worldwide.
Dientamoeba fragilis
Dientamoeba fragilis is a single-celled parasite that inhabits the human gastrointestinal tract. It's associated with dientamoebiasis, a condition that can cause a range of digestive symptoms. The parasite's mode of transmission and pathogenic potential are subjects of ongoing research.
Giardia lamblia
Giardia lamblia is a protozoan parasite that causes giardiasis, a common intestinal infection. Notoriously resilient, it can survive in various environments, particularly in water, leading to outbreaks in communities with contaminated water sources.
Entamoeba histolytica
Entamoeba histolytica is a protozoan parasite that causes amoebiasis, a disease that can range from asymptomatic to severe dysentery and liver abscesses. It is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in tropical countries with inadequate sanitation facilities.
Cryptosporidium spp.
Cryptosporidium spp. are a group of protozoan parasites that cause cryptosporidiosis, a gastrointestinal illness. Notable for their resilience in various environments, especially water, these parasites can cause outbreaks of diarrheal disease in both humans and animals.
Cyclospora cayetanensis
Cyclospora cayetanensis is a microscopic protozoan parasite that causes cyclosporiasis, a gastrointestinal illness characterized by prolonged and relapsing diarrhea. Primarily found in tropical and subtropical regions, it has been responsible for various foodborne outbreaks globally.

Can You Get Parasites in the UK?

Contrary to common belief, parasites aren't just found in exotic countries; indeed, they are present in the UK as well. Surprisingly, you might carry parasites without realizing it since they often cause only mild symptoms or none at all. Furthermore, they can remain dormant for years, activating only when your immune system weakens. Thus, whether contracted in the UK or abroad, you could unknowingly carry parasites for a long time before experiencing any health issues.

Common Symptoms of Parasites

  • Upset stomach (cramps, flatulence, loss of appetite)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Diarrhoea and/or constipation
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • And many more symptoms.

Choosing the Right Test: Parasite or Other Gut Test?

If you're dealing with gut problems, consider our other gut health tests that analyze gut flora, malabsorption, leaky gut, and more. We offer a range of tests, from targeted to comprehensive. For concerns like Candida, we provide a specific test. Additionally, a separate breath test is available for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), measuring bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine.

How Does the Parasite Test Work?

The Parasite Test uses the "Multiplex Real-time PCR" method, offering several advantages:

  • Detects minimal amounts of parasites
  • Eliminates the chance of false positives
  • Suitable for mailing via regular post
  • Reliable results, even for asymptomatic individuals

You can perform all our health tests, including stool tests for parasites, at home. The test kit includes everything you need. After completing the test, send it to our ISO-certified lab. You'll then receive your results digitally, providing valuable insights into your gut health.

Beyond Parasites: The Importance of Nutrient Deficiency Testing

When dealing with potential parasite infections, understanding the full scope of your health is important. Parasites can affect your body's ability to absorb nutrients, leading to deficiencies that can exacerbate health issues. This is why, alongside standard parasite testing, considering tests for nutrient deficiencies is highly recommended.

FAQ

How is the Parasite test carried out?

Our Parasite test is a home test kit. After ordering, we will send you a kit with everything you need to collect the stool sample. Then, simply return your sample to us in the pre-paid envelope.

Who should get a Parasite test?

Individuals experiencing symptoms like chronic digestive issues, unexplained weight loss, persistent fatigue, or who have recently traveled to areas with known parasite risks should consider getting a Parasite test. It's also advisable for those with weakened immune systems.

What happens if I fail to take the sample?

If you read the instructions carefully before you take the test and it should go well. Should something go wrong, you are welcome to contact us and we will help you.

How quickly will I receive my results?

Once we receive your sample, average response time is 10-15 business days to receive results.

Anything to consider before taking the test?

Aboid antibiotics 2-4 weeks before taking the test.

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  • Emma Harrison
    After a backpacking trip through parts of South America, I came back with more than just memories and souvenirs. A lingering fatigue and persistent stomach issues hinted at a possible unwanted 'guest'. Concerned about potential parasites, I decided to use the Parasite Test. The kit arrived promptly, with easy-to-understand instructions ensuring a smooth sample collection. A few days later, the results were in. To my dismay, they indicated a parasitic infection. The detailed breakdown of the results provided a clear understanding of the type of parasite and its potential impact on my health. Armed with this information, I sought medical intervention and started on a targeted treatment plan. Within weeks, my health began to improve. For travelers or anyone suspicious of a parasitic infection, this test is a must. It provided me with invaluable insights, allowing for timely treatment. :)
  • Fiona Shaw
    After months of digestive discomfort, this test finally gave me answers. Highly recommend.

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