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Here is an explanation of the common problems found in parasitology testing and will help explain some of the issues found, and why it may be a good idea to test yourself:


Identification of Parasites (Image Gallery)
(click on the microscope icon on the right to display the image)

Manual for laboratory identification

Manual of Parasitology with Images - University of South Carolina

General Guide with images

Educational material

Good resource

American Society for Parasitologists - General Information and Image Gallery

General Information and image gallery

Chiang Mai University Parasite resource

Guide for parasitic diseases - good educational material (not identification related)

Morgellons is a controversial topic but according to Dr. Aziz who has studied it, there is a connection to parasitic or fungal origins. He has posted recovery stories in this link.

--=====Staining --===========================
////////Staining is an important part in identification

Primer on how to prepare for testing, stains

and gives important details on how to identify protozoa

Basic Primer on Stains and Staining

PDF on staining for protozoa - excellent document

I am not a microscope expert but you will need a compound microscope to perform these studies with a minimum magnification of
at least 40x up to 100x.   There are a number of Chinese microscopes that are reasonably priced.  AmScope and others provides these at different sites such as Amazon,
A monocular is sufficient (monocular would be a single eyepiece versus binocular which has two eyepieces)  All scopes should come with the illumination, you
should just need slides and cover slips.   You can purchase low priced cameras that mount into the eyepiece and will export the image to your computer via a USB, or iPhones
can record this.  ebrooker has information about this.  A Google search provides these results for basics of microscopy.

Protozoa Identification:
Protozoa require a minimum of 40x up to 100x and generally require staining

Worm Identification:
Most worms can be identified without magnification.  Since many adult worms look similar, it is best to identify the ova or egg form where they have distinctive features. 

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