“I have had these weird things in my stool for a long time now”, states this reader in the submission she sent us. “They look like red sesame seeds but they are definitely not something I ate.”
“I have had several stool tests but no results. Do you know what they are or where I can send this picture for assistance?”
Unfortunately, we cannot tell our reader what they are. Since our reader found these in her stool, this situation is potentially medical in nature. Now, we are not medical professionals, so we are not qualified to identify organisms of this nature.
That said, we can indeed help our reader find assistance. When a reader inquires about organisms they think are coming from their body, we always recommend consulting a medical parasitologist.
A medical parasitologist is a physician who specializes in infections caused by organisms that negatively affect the human body. Our reader could also consult her primary care doctor, though we must warn her that most primary care doctors (and GPs and ER doctors) do not receive training in medical parasitology, and past readers of ours have had bad luck going to their doctors with concerns about parasites.
So with that in mind, what we can recommend is that our reader do one or more of the following:
1) Search for a medical parasitologist in her area 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 (name of the closest big city)” or “tropical medicine specialist (name of the closest big city)”.
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.
We should note that both Dr. Amin and Dr. Savaliya are available for online consultation, so our reader does not need to be in the vicinity of their physical offices to get help!
Additionally, we suggest that our reader give as much context as she can, along with the pictures, to whomever she ends up consulting.
To conclude, we are unfortunately not qualified to identify the objects that our reader found in her stool. We hope nonetheless that the resources we provided come to use and prove helpful. We wish our reader the very best and hope that she soon gets the answers she is seeking!
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