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Dr. William Singer
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Giardia (Definition)

A parasitic disease caused by Giardia lamblia. About 10% of those infected have no symptoms. When symptoms occur they may include diarrhea, abdominal ...Read more


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What happens if you leave giardia untreated?

What happens if you leave giardia untreated?

Get treated: Why would you even think about not being treated? Treatment is very easy (including some single-dose options) and giardiasis is much worse than any possible side effects. Probably your immune system would clear giardia, but not necessarily; some infections may persist indefinitely. Symptoms probably would eventually improve, even if the infection continues, but it might take weeks or months. ...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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Can you suggest where i can buy medicine for giardia ?

Can you suggest where i can buy medicine for giardia ?

Giardia Lamblia: The medication can be purchased at a pharmacy once the diagnosis is confirmed by a medical provider and an appropriate prescription has been written. ...Read more

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Please answer! what medicine can I buy at a store for giardia ?

Giardia Lamblia: If you have an actual Giardia Lamblia infection - you need to see your physician. Once diagnosis is confirmed to be accurate then the appropriate prescription medication can be decided upon. ...Read more

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Please answer! what medicine can I buy at a store to treat giardia?

Giardia: If you believe you have a Giardia lamblia infection - please see your physician for evaluation. A prescription can then be decided on by the provider. Take care. ...Read more

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What exactly is the giardia vaccine?

What exactly is the giardia vaccine?

For PETs: This vaccine is for the prevention of the intestinal infection giardiasis in dogs and cats or farm animals. There is no current version for humans... ...Read more

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How do I make my [possibly] giardia infected son get tested?

How do I make my [possibly] giardia infected son get tested?

He'll feel better: People who have giardiasis usually want to be tested because they feel so horrible. I don't know how old your son is, or whether he has the symptoms of giardiasis. If he does, then a simple treatment could make him feel a lot better. ...Read more

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If you have giardia and are on medication for that but have not gotten the test results yet-can you also take immodium?

Be careful with meds: Imodium (loperamide) is not a 'cure all' and I actually prefer my patients NOT to take it unless absolutely necessary. It seems also ur diagnosis is still in question -do u or do u not have Giardia? Diarrhea is 'good' in a way, since the body is getting rid of germs. You just need to 'keep up' with fluid and salt losses, & of course the inconvenience of going to the bathroom often. Hopefully ur doc can guide u ...Read more

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Can children get giardia from puppies that doesn't have shots? How long does giardia first show signs of symptoms or take effect?

Giardia: The risk of humans acquiring Giardia infection from dogs or cats is small. The exact type of Giardia that infects humans is usually not the same type that infects dogs and cats. The usual pet shots have nothing to do with Giardia. ...Read more

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For the past 4 years I am being diagnosed by giardia once every year! i m drinkin the best water here ! is it somethin that reproduce on it's own?

Hard to Clear: Sometimes, giardia can be hard to clear with standard therapy or the strain can be resistant to the standard regimen; if your water supply is truly clear, then your doctor may want to consider an alternative therapy;. ...Read more

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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

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Could giardia spread to the brain?

No: Giardia is not known to spread via the bloodstream. Therefore, it is confined to the small intestine. However, if untreated, the diarrhea caused by Giardia can lead to severe dehydration that could cause neurological deficits. In addition, Giardia infections can result in vitamin B12 deficiency, which can cause neurological disorders as well. ...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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