“I was wondering if you know of any doctor in my area for me to go get tested for these parasites” asks this reader from Wichita, Kansas. He wonders “who would really help [him], unlike the rest of the doctors who just automatically dismiss [him] even though [he] could actually have a parasitic infection”.
Our reader’s question is one we get quite often, and is definitely valid. Too many times have we heard from our readers that they have been to see their doctors, only to get signed off as delusional or be ignored. Unfortunately, many doctors (GPs and ER doctors being the most common ones that people will go to for general problems) are not trained in the field of parasitology and are thus not equipped to deal with these kinds of issues. Of course, that does not justify the rudeness with which many patients are met, but it does explain the doctors’ common inability to treat this kind of medical problem.
So, this naturally begs the question that our reader is asking in the first place: where does one go for help with a parasitic infection? What we can recommend is that our reader do one or more of the following: 1) Search for a medical parasitologist in Wichita, Kansas using this directory of medical parasitology consultants: https://www.astmh.org/for-astmh-members/clinical-consultants-directory. 2) Search for a local parasitologist by doing a Google search for “medical parasitologist Wichita, Kansas” or “tropical medicine specialist Wichita, Kansas”. 3) Get in touch with Dr. Omar Amin at the Parasitology Center at https://www.parasitetesting.com. 4) Contact Dr. Vipul Savaliya of Infectious Disease Care (“IDCare”) at idcarepa.com. Number three is especially prevalent to our reader’s question about specifically getting tested, as one can order a stool-testing kit that one can send back and get tested for intestinal parasites. It is important that we note that even a doctor doing a remote health appointment from another state can still order lab tests where the patient is, so really any of these options are viable for our reader. A past reader of ours personally recommends Dr. Vipul Savaliya as they had a very positive experience with him.
To conclude, our reader has a handful of routes he can go down when it comes to getting tested for parasites! We hope that this proves helpful to our reader and that, should he employ any one of these options, he gets the proper treatment he requires very soon.
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