Written by Dr. Vivekanand, MBBS | 

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD on Jun 26, 2014

Frequently asked questions about Amoebic Dysentery

1. Which doctor do I see?

You will have to consult a general physician or a Gastroentrologist.

2. What is Amoebic dysentery?

It the inflammation of the intestines, characterized by frequent passage of feces, usually with blood and mucus caused by an amoeba Entamoeba Histolytica.

3. Is there any other type of dysentery?

There are two major types,

Amoebic dysentery caused by the amoeba Entamoeba histolytica.

Shigellosis, caused by one of several types of Shigella bacteria.

4. How is it transmitted?

Amoebic dysentery is transmitted by contaminated water, and is known as" travellers dysentery"

5. How do we protect ourselves?

Always-wash hands with soap after going to the toilet as well as before preparing and eating food.
  • Keep your surroundings clean
  • Always wash vegetables and animal products before cooking
  • Avoid contaminated water, ice, and drinks made out of doubtful water
  • Always boil and sterilize drinking water.
  • Avoid eating open and cut fruits.

6. Who are the people that are affected usually?

Dysentery often affects people living in crowded areas with sanitation, poor hygiene and limited supplies of safe water.The disease is more likely to thrive in hot, humid and rainy conditions.

7. What are the symptoms?

Symptoms are few or mild, with
  • Loose stools
  • Fever
  • Dehydration
  • Mucus and blood, which may lead to fulminating colitis.

Complications of this condition include
  • Ulcers
  • Perforation of peritoneum
  • Localised liver abscess


gurmit22 Wednesday, March 26, 2014

kurchi Q is the best medicine for any type of intestinal parasites [dysentry] problem , 5 to 10 drops two times daily for 30 days .

Ted70 Saturday, August 10, 2013

I believe that I have had intestinal parasites for over two years but my doctors say no as the stool tests always come back negative. One particular test I submitted a vial with two cysts and no mention of this in the lab report. My wife confirmed that she saw me put the cysts in the test vial. [The cysts, which I am passing almost daily are about 1/2" diameter, round or oblong, prickly rough exterior, soft sticky or mushy interior. On the exterior there are two "eyes"-usually one or both still intact-and two teeth like objects projecting beneath the "eyes".] The doctor had me bring one of these cysts in to her-later that same day as luck would have it-and she took it to the lab. Late that same afternoon I received a phone call informing me that I had a bacterial infection. I took metronidazole 500mg 3xday for 10 days. She said the cysts were "unprocessed food". I gradually felt better then about 5 days later the cysts in my stool returned. Very easy to spot as they would always float on the water in the toilet. Then I passed several that were still attached to the stool. That's when I really got serious about careful observance of each and every bowel movement. I also noticed the shape and identifying similarities of each piece of stool (worms?). A head with two "eyes" and yes a mouth partially open on some of them. In may I passed a large worm with a cyst still attached by membrane to its mouth. I have photos taken by me with my cheap camera....some three hundred such photos on my computer. Nobody wants to see them. I'm told that I have IBS and a vivid imagination! I am about ready to give up and put myself in God's hands. The pain and suffering is more than I can handle although it is said that God never gives us more than we can handle.

Advancells Thursday, August 15, 2013

Amoebic Dysentery is a curse on mankind. I had suffered with it two years back and I can still recall those terrible days and I was almost dead and tired. Finally, I recovered after taking some Ayurvedic medicines which my aunt suggested. I lost about 15 kilos in 10 days of this ailment. Thank God, I finally recovered. I still believe that Ayurvedic medicines are the best.

jo1957 Thursday, June 27, 2013

my son has rheumatoid arthritis and had arthrotomy of the hips. he had amoebiasis on his 3rd day of stay in the hospital. he was treated with metronidazole 500 mg 3x/day for a week. then the dysentery recurred anout 5 days after getting out of the hosp, and this time gave him fevers and fatigue. he had to be confined again and he was back to metronidazole along with rifaximin for another week. this gave him so many side effects, he could not sleep, headaches, cramps, joint pains all over - he was in distress! he was well for a week, though. yesterday, he had abdominal cramps again and he passed stool around 3 times. it was not watery and i suspected his low fat milk was the culprit. today he passed stool and to my aghast, there was mucus [again!]i dont know what to do. why is this? we complete his medication, wash our hands, he drinks distilled water etc. he is 18 years old around 110 lbs 5'7". last year in february, he had the 1st bout of amoebiasis and it recurred only this year. why is this so? i am afraid metronidazole will worsen again his arthritis. he can hardly walk so its really hard for him to have bouts of dysentery like this. please help. please please

raviv Friday, October 26, 2012

my name is himanshu i am suffring from amoboisis last 5 month my age is 27 please help

Rupendra16 Saturday, August 4, 2012

Hello respected, Sir... I'm Rupendra, Age-26, Hight-6 feet, Weight-55, suffring from dysentary from last 25 days. My symptoms are smell in passing stool, mucus without blood, chills and fatigue. Weight loss-2kg in 1 month. After treatment it was controlled little but not complete relief. Please suggest me for suitable homeopathy medicine or any other , further treatment.

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