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Medicine For Giardiasis
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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).
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 more
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
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
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
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
Yes: Need to be tested for many organisms. ...Read more
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
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
Giardia is Oral: Only if they have ingested orally anything with the parasite in it. It is not contagious otherwise. ...Read more
Yes: Giardia lives in freshwater streams and has been reported in colorado. However, giardia is not present in every river. Signs of giardiasis included bloating and diarrhea. It can be tested in stool samples and when the diagnosis is in doubt endoscopy can be performed. Giardia if present can be treated with antibiotics. ...Read more
How could you avoid contracting the following diseases: amoebic dysentery, crytoporidiosis, giardiasis?
What will happen if giardiasis and gonorrhea are left untreated on fertility of a man ? I am 26 years old man
Gonorrhea: Untreated gonorrhea in men can cause epididymitis - an infection in ducts attached to testicles where sperm mature. This can cause shrinking of the infected testicle, abscesses, and infected sores in the surrounding scrotum area and can ultimately lead to infertility. Am unaware of any infertility issues related to giardia infection in men. ...Read more
Doc i m suffering from a disease called giardiasis since last 4 years...I have used entamizole for this disease but that is temporary..Cure?
Why recurring?: Issue might be why you get recurrences. Contaminated well water? Drink from streams when backpacking? Sexual activity (oral/anal)? Are you sure that it is giardiasis causing the problem? Immune disorder (iga deficiency, hiv)? See infectious disease doc if recurring or rx is not effective. ...Read more
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
Took Flagyl for giardiasis and stopped due to horrible side effects was prescribed tindamax is it less side effects can I take it at night w/xanax?
No interaction here:
Fortunately there is no interaction between these two medicines.
However, unusual/undocumented reaction can occur and so take medicine in the smallest effective dose for the shortest time possible in treating your ailments.
Hope you feel better. If not or worsening symptoms, consult your doc for eval. Good luck. ...Read more