Amoebic dysentery is an intestinal illness associated with stomach pain, bloody stools, and fever. This condition can be treated.
Amoebic dysentery is caused by a parasite called Entamoeba histolytica. You may develop amoebic dysentery if you:
Factors that increase your risk of getting amoebic dysentery include:
If you experience any of these symptoms do not assume it is due to amoebic dysentery. These symptoms may be caused by other, less serious health conditions.
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Your doctor may need tests of your bodily fluids and waste products. This can be done with:
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
Several antibiotics are available to treat amoebic dysentery. Probiotics may also be helpful.
To help reduce your chances of getting amoebic dysentery, take the following steps when traveling to a country that has poor sanitary conditions:
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Last reviewed November 2012 by Michael Woods, MD