Blastocystis Hominis Infection
Blastocystis hominis (B. hominis) is a common parasitic organism that can only be seen with a microscope (microscopic). It is found throughout the world. An infection with B. hominis is called blastocystosis. It lives in your colon (large intestine). It can remain there for weeks, months or years. Experts are not certain whether or not Blastocystis causes disease, or even if it needs to be treated.
No one knows how people get Blastocystis in their body. The number of people infected seems to increase in areas where sanitation and personal cleanliness is poor. Travelers returning from developing countries seem to be at higher risk for having Blastocystis.
Careful hygiene is important to try to prevent…