Understanding your Gut concerns through advanced testing
Each year, 60 to 70 million Americans are affected with digestive diseases and approximately 21 million people end up in hospitals due to gastrointestinal infections.
Gastrointestinal infections (GI) are bowel infections, associated with the digestive tract; the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. The infection is caused due to viruses like Adenovirus, bacteria like Salmonella enterica, and parasites like Blastocystis leading to serious gastrointestinal infections.
Yes, gastrointestinal infections are contagious. One can also get a bowel infection by consuming contaminated food and water, or by having contact with other people suffering from the disease.
The detection of gastrointestinal infection is a complex process due to its multifactorial origin (viruses, bacteria, and parasites). Although the common symptoms might go away in a few cases, detecting their root cause (agents) is essential for treatment as medication for each type of infection is different.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diarrhea is a global killer, it kills more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined 3
The common symptoms associated with GI infections are nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fever. However, one should see a doctor and get tested if the above-listed symptoms are severe followed by experiencing:
The doctor will recommend either traditional tests or advanced testing approaches to detect gastrointestinal infection
The good news is MicroGen Health offers both traditional and advanced testing approaches to detect gastrointestinal infections.
Usually, stool swab samples are required for detecting gastrointestinal infections. For infants, a rectum swab is preferred.
MicroGen Health offers a “Home sample collection” facility.
Stool swab, For infants a rectum swab
Screens for a total of 30 microbial species and pathogens that disrupt the intestinal tract, including:
MicroGen Health laboratories perform tests that identify the cause of GI infection for better treatment options in order to combat the spread of infection.