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How dangerous is giardiasis?

How dangerous is giardiasis?

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

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Giardiasis (Definition)

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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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How does the body fight giardiasis?

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

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What is giardiasis and how is it treated?

GI parasite: It's a protozoan parasite that affects the upper GI tract. You get it from ingesting infected stool (through contaminated food, water, or sex). It causes diarrhea, nausea, and bloating. It's treated with Metronidazole or tinidazole. ...Read more

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Can giardiasis in humans naturally be healed?

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

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What will happen if giardiasis is left untreated?

What will happen if giardiasis is left untreated?

Poor growth: Some individuals will shed the parasite in 2-3 wks without rx & do well but half develop recurrent diarrhea. The effect on the intestine often leads to poor absorbtion of nutrients and subsequent weight loss. It can cause failure to thrive in infants. ...Read more

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Can surviving giardiasis lessens or eliminates the possibility of getting it again?

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

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Can giardiasis affect puberty?

Not really: any parasitic disease if severe may affect the whole body, but your immune system usually is adept at fighting it and confining the infection, until treated, good luck ...Read more

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Am I more susceptible to giardiasis when camping?

Am I more susceptible to giardiasis when camping?

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 more

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Is my child at higher risk for giardiasis at day care?

Is my child at higher risk for giardiasis at day care?

Somewhat: At a given time one or more infants can have minimal symptoms of giardia & be in a day care center. Poor technique may lead to contamination of a variety of surfaces including a changing table & hands tainted with the microscopic cysts may bring them to the mouth where the cyst enters the body to begin the infestation. ...Read more

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

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 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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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 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 will giardiasis and sleeping sickness spread?

Tse tse flies: Sleeping sickness is an infectious disease found in Africa, rarely in the US, and spread by being bitten by Tse Tse flies. Giardia is also an infectious disease, spread by drinking infected water. Giardiasis can also be acquired person to person contact; anal sex is a risk factor. ...Read more

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Is giardiasis being transmitted through the mouth?

Is giardiasis being transmitted through the mouth?

Yes: The infective stage of this paracite is a cyst that matures after reproduction in the intestineof the symptomatic or asymptomatic host. The host may be human or animal ( wild or domestic). That material ends up in the water and may pass unseen into the mouth from the contaminated hands or thru ingestion of tainted water. Day care centers/wadeing pools are common risk factors. ...Read more

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How long do I need to boil water to kill giardiasis?

How long do I need to boil water to kill giardiasis?

10 min: Boiling water at 160 degrees fahrenheit for 10 min will do the job of killing off giardia. ...Read more

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