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What's a giardia infection?

What's a giardia infection?

Intestinal infection: Giardia lamblia is a protozoan acquired usually by contaminated water that primarily causes diarrhea that can last for weeks or more. It can be treated with Metronidazole (flagyl). ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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How can I treat giardia infection?

How can I treat giardia infection?

Meds: Effective medications are available. 1 dose of tinidazole, 5 days of Nitazoxanide ($$$), 5 days of Metronidazole (inexpensive, GI side effects not uncommon; no alcohol allowed at all); paromomycin 4x/day for 7 days if pregnant.. Stool check: giardia antigen (protein made by the parasite) before and after rx to make sure it is gone. Stool look for parasite less accurate; anal swabs inaccurate. ...Read more

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What are signs of a giardia infection?

What are signs of a giardia infection?

Diarrhea,gas, pain: Giardia (an intestinal parasite) usually causes profound diarrhea, gas and pain. Giardia is usually contracted from drinking contaminated water in the wilderness but is also found in institutions (e.g. Daycares). ...Read more

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What happens if you get giardia infection?

What happens if you get giardia infection?

GI symptoms: You'll feel sick with diarrhea, bloating, gas, and/or nausea until you get treated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Giardia infection?

What is the definition or description of: Giardia infection?

Giardia infection: Giardiasis can present with rotten egg (sulfur) smelling burps, with diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, passing gas, nausea, vomiting, fever, constipation& loss of appetite. Giardiasis is an infection of the small bowel by Giardia lamblia. ...Read more

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Will giardia infection kill me?

Doubt it: Eventhhough giardia is difficult to prove it or demonstrate it has treatment. Pts may have malabsorption and malnutrition or dehydration as a consecuence. ...Read more

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Do people with giardia infection have a lot of pain?

Do people with giardia infection have a lot of pain?

Giardiasis: People with giardia may have frequent belching, gas when eating, and abdominal cramping in addition to diarrhea but generally do not experience "a lot of pain". Your pcp can check for giardia with a stool sample sent to a lab. Treatment is an antiprotozoal or antibiotic. If you have giardia, you may want to have your water source checked for it & treated if + use treated water for handwashing, etc. ...Read more

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When having burning in stomach, is it possible to have Crohn's disease, colitis ulcerosa or an amoeba or giardia infection with a normal ESR of 3?

When having burning in stomach, is it possible to have Crohn's disease, colitis ulcerosa or an amoeba or giardia infection with a normal ESR of 3?

Burning in Stomach: Your symptom is so nonspecific. In order to diagnose an illness, physicians need many information on your symptoms to guide us. Once we have clinical suspicion about a possible disease, we have various diagnostic tests to confirm. Please provide more information on your symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I do to decrease the odds of developing giardia infections?

What can I do to decrease the odds of developing giardia infections?

Risk of Giardia: Giardia is prevalent worldwide, & drinking infected water is the most frequent mode of transmission (e.g. Streams, wells). Person-to-person is 2nd mode in groups with poor fecal-oral hygiene (daycare centers, custodial institutions, sexually active male homosexuals). Food transmission has been documented in commercial settings. Sheep, beavers, cattle, dogs, cats can get it & may pass it to people. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: giardia?

What is the definition or description of: giardia?

Parasite: Giardia lamblia is a flagellated protozoan parasite that colonizes and reproduces in the small intestine, causing giardiasis. ...Read more

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How common are stec infections?

How common are stec infections?

Not at all rare: Cdc estimates that a bit over 250, 000 cases of shiga toxin producing e. Coli occur in the usa annually. Large and small outbreaks occur frequently associated with a variety of vehicles including undercooked ground beef, salad ingredients such as lettuce and spinach, exposure at a petting zoo and even waterborne either potable or not. The bug is also called enterohemorrhagic e. Coli (ehec). ...Read more

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Dr. Ernie Ordonez
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Giardia Infection (Definition)

Giardiasis can present with rotten egg (sulfur) smelling burps, with diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, passing gas, nausea, vomiting, fever, constipation& loss of appetite. Giardiasis is an infection of the small ...Read more


Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Giardia (Definition)

A condition in which a person is infected by parasites (Giardia lamblia) resulting in diarrhea, abdominal ...Read more