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Is giardiasis caused by a parasite?

Is giardiasis caused by a parasite?

Yes: The infective form (cyst) of the parasite is expelled in the waste of the carrier human or animal & makes it into water. It is microscopic and often present in wadeing pools, ponds, on diaper changing tables, etc. A contaminated hand or drink may then carry it into the mouth where it begin its life cycle again, traveling to the intestines to live & reproduce. ...Read more

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Is 2 months of colitis normal after 4 months of giardiasis, what else could it have caused?

Is 2 months of colitis normal after 4 months of giardiasis, what else could it have caused?

Giardia: If colitis refers to diarrhea, it may be due to different factors. Persistent giardia, antibiotic associated colitis caused by the antibiotic used for treatment, unmasking of underlying inflammatory bowel disease(uncommon) such as ulcerative colitis or crohn's disease. Consult your doctor to work this up! ...Read more

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Can giardiasis cause blood when passing stool, no diareah or pain?

Can giardiasis cause blood when passing stool, no diareah or pain?

No: Blood just on the toilet paper or a few drops in the bowl is often due to bleeding hemorrhoids. However other causes need to be considered, especially if you are over the age of 40. Consult your PCP if concerned. For information on Giardia> bit.ly/1Pm3Hdi Hemorrhoids> http://wb.md/1Jj80zo Rectal bleeding> http://bit.ly/1KXooGn ...Read more

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How common is giardiasis in the us?

Very common: Widespread in wilderness areas, and statistically probably present these days in most mountain streams and lakes. Also, clearly almost ubiquitous in the feces of canadian geese, who are literally throughout the western states. ...Read more

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Do I have giardiasis if no symptoms but swam in kerala?

Probably not: You generally shouldn't worry about GI parasites unless you're sick. Giardiasis isn't subtle, and you get it by drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated food, not by swimming. ...Read more

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Is giardiasis the same thing as traveler's diarrhea?

Is giardiasis the same thing as traveler's diarrhea?

No: Usually travelers diarrhea i.e. Montezumas revenge is caused by e.Coli a different strain of bacteria. We all have e.Coli in our GI tract. Giardia is a parasite found in freshwater streams that can cause diarrhea, but is much less common than e.Coli infection. Special stains or endoscopy can be used to show if giardia is present. ...Read more

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How dangerous is giardiasis?

Giardia: Since it is generally easily treated with antibiotics, it is not dangerous. ...Read more

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How does the body fight giardiasis?

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 people who do have problems often get better on their own in a few weeks. If you have to treat:metronidazole (flagyl). Tinidazole (tindamax). Nitazoxanide (alinia). ...Read more