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How Dangerous Is 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
No: Giardia was once felt to be harmless but its association with diarrhea, malabsorption and waterborne outbreaks has clearly established its pathogenicity. This protozoan is treated with various drugs including tinidazole, metronidazole(flagyl), Albendazole and paromomycin. It cannot be healed "naturally". ...Read more
Yes and no: Host immunity plays a role in elimination of giardia and provides some protection against infection on re-challenge. Partial protective immunity can develop. This is supported by epidemiologic studies of human giardiasis. Reinfection is common especially in children in endemic settings. Reinfection can be due to infectiion with different genotypes of the organism. ...Read more
Depends on exposure: Animal contamination of lakes and ponds may make camping a riskier event than sitting at home. Access to purified water and proper boiling of your utensils can lower your risk if you use lake or well water for cleaning. Boiling your water for 10 minutes will illiminate the threat if you are unsure of the water. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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