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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Anoying > dangerous: As a cause of an acute diarrhea this is more of an anoyance than a threat. Infants have a risk of dehydration but in 3 decades as a pediatrician i don ... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
GI symptoms: Diarrhea, gas, bloating, nausea.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Pretty common: Estimates for symptomatic or asymptomatic carriage range from a few % to 1/20 in the US. Carriage is higher in various populations like infants and th ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Please see below: Children and adults who have giardia infection without symptoms usually don't need treatment unless they're likely to spread the parasites. Many peo ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
GI parasite: It's a protozoan parasite that affects the upper GI tract. You get it from ingesting infected stool (through contaminated food, water, or sex). It cau ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience in Infectious Disease
No: Giardia was once felt to be harmless but its association with diarrhea, malabsorption and waterborne outbreaks has clearly established its pathogenici ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Poor growth: Some individuals will shed the parasite in 2-3 wks without rx & do well but half develop recurrent diarrhea. The effect on the intestine often leads t ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience in Infectious Disease
The infestation of: The intestinal tract with the protozoan giardia lamblia.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes and no: Host immunity plays a role in elimination of giardia and provides some protection against infection on re-challenge. Partial protective immunity can ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Not really: any parasitic disease if severe may affect the whole body, but your immune system usually is adept at fighting it and confining the infection, until ... Read More
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