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When would one need a giardia lamblia antigen assay?

When would one need a giardia lamblia antigen assay?

Diarrhea: Non-bloody diarrhea with fevers and weight loss, especially after exposure to potentially contaminated fresh water sources (rivers, lakes) may prompt a stool test to rule out giardia. ...Read more

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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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Is giardia lamblia flagellated protozoan parasite contagious?

Is giardia lamblia flagellated protozoan parasite contagious?

Giardia: This organism lives in many water sources, and can also be transmitted by the fecal-oral route often on the hands of food preparers or servers. It is a commonly underdiagnosed cause of gastrointestinal infection. ...Read more

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I heard that garlic whith milk can fight giardia lamblia, it is true or false? What benefits do I have if i eat a piece of garlic every morning?

No: It's false, garlic and milk will not cure giardia. You need tinidazole, metronidazole, nitazoxanide, Albendazole or paromomycin to cure giardia infection. Garlic may slightly decrease your cholesterol level. It will help keep people you don't like and vampires from getting too close to you. ...Read more

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May I use albenidazol with amoxicilin for treating giardia lamblia in 2 yo child? Please help me doctor because i don't know what to do to help mybaby

May I use albenidazol with amoxicilin for treating giardia lamblia in 2 yo child? Please help me doctor because  i don't know what to do to help mybaby

Giardia: If your child is asymptomatic he may not need treatment. Metronidazol (flagyl) mat be used for treatment. Albenizol is anti worm medicine which can also take .Discuss his treatment with your doctor. ...Read more

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My daughter has giardia lamblia and she treated flagyl. Whether it is effective against the eggs may hatch after the treatment?

No eggs: You may be thinking about cysts - giardia does not create eggs. Yes, Metronidazole is effective against the cyst form of giardia. ...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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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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Could giardia spread to the brain?

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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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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Are legionella bacteria and giardia connected?

Are legionella bacteria and giardia connected?

Completely different: Legionella can live within waterborne amoeba-like organisms, although not aware that it will live within giardia. Giardia lamblia is a flagellated amoeba-like organism that lives in fresh water as well. Both of these can produce human disease, but the diseases are very different and unrelated. ...Read more