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How can I treat giardia infection?

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

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Will giardia infection kill me?

Will giardia infection kill me?

Doubt it: Eventhhough giardia is difficult to prove it or demonstrate it has treatment. Pts may have malabsorption and malnutrition or dehydration as a consecuence. ...Read more

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Do people with giardia infection have a lot of pain?

Do people with giardia infection have a lot of pain?

Giardiasis: People with giardia may have frequent belching, gas when eating, and abdominal cramping in addition to diarrhea but generally do not experience "a lot of pain". Your pcp can check for giardia with a stool sample sent to a lab. Treatment is an antiprotozoal or antibiotic. If you have giardia, you may want to have your water source checked for it & treated if + use treated water for handwashing, etc. ...Read more

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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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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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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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Dr. Ernie Ordonez
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Giardia Infection (Definition)

Giardia infection is an infection in the intestine caused by a tiny parasite. Giardia comes out in the poop (the parasite is too small to be seen without a microscope) and can be passed from person to person, especially in daycare centers where children ...Read more


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Giardia (Definition)

Giardia lamblia is a flagellated protozoan parasite that colonizes and reproduces in the ...Read more