What are parasites?
A parasite is an organism which exploits any other live animal for nutrition. In most cases, the parasitic process causes harm to the body through the actual removal of the nutrients, or by carrying other diseases into the body.
Parasites are often thought of as a tropical disease, but this is a huge misconception. It is estimated that as many as 10% of people in the UK have parasites. Many people will carry parasitic infections at a subclinical level for years, with the parasite feeding, reproducing and affecting the health of the host. Contaminated food and water, raw or inadequately cooked meat and fish and physical contact are the most widespread sources of intestinal parasites.
The effect of parasites living in the gut depends on the species of parasite identified. There are two main types of intestinal parasite, helminths and protozoa.
Symptoms of intestinal parasites include:
The likelihood of a parasitic infection is greatly increased if you experience any of the above symptoms following foreign travel.
Results are normally available in 7 to 10 working days after receipt of the sample at our lab. You will receive an email and SMS once your test results are ready to be downloaded from your secure account area, where you can also simply track and manage all your health test results at any time.
We can test for a range of different allergies and health markers, using one of our home-testing kits. In this kit, you'll be able to test:
Markers for the presence of parasites in the body
Once you've got your kit, make sure to read all of the enclosed instructions - they'll make sure you easily and safely get the best sample possible.
Samples need to be taken on 3 different days, and put into the pots provided containing a preservative. On the final day, a sample is also placed into a pot without preservative, so we can examine the live gut fauna.
Put your sample in the prepaid envelope provided and pop it in the post. Now you can sit back and relax - we'll let you know when your results are ready.