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Bacterial Overgrowth?
Would small intestinal bacterial overgrowth cause Eosinophilia, considering it's a parasitic infection?
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Bacteria fall into a different category than that of Parasites.  Parisitic disease is caused by worms and other related infectious agents called Flukes.
  
These worms and flukes, are often but not always accompanied by eosinophilia.  In contrast, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) for which there are deemed to be many causes is usually not characterized by eosinophilia.

The diagnosis of SIBO can be suspected, based on clinical presentation and is confirmed by small bowel bacterial infections.  Parasitic infection can often be diagnosed by the finding of parasites and/or their eggs is stool.  One need not have had exposure to parasites in tropical countries to get the infection.  The parasites can be ingested here in America by way of contaminated foods imported from countries where parasites are prevalent.

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