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Can You Giardia Infection
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
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
Stool study: Get a stool pova and parasite (o&p) exam. ...Read more
When is the earliest that a giardia infection would be seen in a tourist who went on houseboat in kerala?
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
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
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
How do you tell from giardia antigen test if your infection is current. The dr. did an IGG, but not IGM or IGA? IGM was positive.
Is it possible to have a giardia infection and no loss of appetite? I only have diarrhea, loose smelly stools, belching and flatulence.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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