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My neighbor is 26 years old and is suffering from a parasite - he has been in and out of the hospital and told me that this "parasite" is going around Denver. Can you explain this to me? How does one get the parasite and how is it cured? Sincerely, Eileen
I assume by suffering you are referring to a stomach "bug" that has been making it's rounds in Colorado. We call it gastroenteritis, but it's basically the stomach condition that results in abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea and possibly vomiting. This can be caused by a variety of things including a few parasites that can circulate in the community. These are cryptosporidium and giardia. Of the 2 giardia tends to be a bit more common but both are spread from person to person and they are spread mainly because of poor hand washing, especially after using the bathroom. Treatment of either of these depends on which one is causing the problems. Stool samples are used to identify which parasite it is. If it's giardia antibiotic treatment is needed. If it's cryptosporidium it usually goes away on it's own after about a week or two.
Hi, my name is Scott, and I had bunion surgery on 8/2 on my left foot but ever since the surgery the 1st three fingers on my right hand are numb, 1st and 3rd, not as bad as the middle ( obviously not completely but....) Any thoughts?
Scott, hopefully the actual toe surgery has healed well. This numbness in your hand might be related to the surgery on your foot but it isn't a result of anything they did to your foot. Most likely, if it did occur during the surgery, it could be because of where the IV or blood pressure cuff was placed. The fingers you are talking about use what's known as our median nerve for feeling. If that nerve had swelling around it after the IV or blood pressure cuff was used it can cause some temporary numbness to those fingers. Placement of the arm during the surgery can also cause this. But these conditions should be temporary. It's also possible it came about either right before or after the surgery but has nothing to actually do with what went on then. But the bottom line either way is that If it has not improved over this 2 month period you should have it checked out to see what the continuing cause is and what can be done to fix it.
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