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What Happens If Giardia Is Left Untreated
Get treated: Why would you even think about not being treated? Treatment is very easy (including some single-dose options) and giardiasis is much worse than any possible side effects. Probably your immune system would clear giardia, but not necessarily; some infections may persist indefinitely. Symptoms probably would eventually improve, even if the infection continues, but it might take weeks or months. ...Read more
Giardia Lamblia: The medication can be purchased at a pharmacy once the diagnosis is confirmed by a medical provider and an appropriate prescription has been written. ...Read more
Unlikely: Not reallyGet a more detailed answer ›
Start with your: Physician so that you can be prescribed an appropriate medication. ...Read more
No: Giardia is not known to spread via the bloodstream. Therefore, it is confined to the small intestine. However, if untreated, the diarrhea caused by Giardia can lead to severe dehydration that could cause neurological deficits. In addition, Giardia infections can result in vitamin B12 deficiency, which can cause neurological disorders as well. ...Read more
Completely different: Legionella can live within waterborne amoeba-like organisms, although not aware that it will live within giardia. Giardia lamblia is a flagellated amoeba-like organism that lives in fresh water as well. Both of these can produce human disease, but the diseases are very different and unrelated. ...Read more
If you have giardia and are on medication for that but have not gotten the test results yet-can you also take immodium?
Be careful with meds: Imodium (loperamide) is not a 'cure all' and I actually prefer my patients NOT to take it unless absolutely necessary. It seems also ur diagnosis is still in question -do u or do u not have Giardia? Diarrhea is 'good' in a way, since the body is getting rid of germs. You just need to 'keep up' with fluid and salt losses, & of course the inconvenience of going to the bathroom often. Hopefully ur doc can guide u ...Read more
Nope: Sorry, none -- only prescription treatments. But you also need professional diagnosis; even with typical symptoms or risks, there are several other possible diagnoses. Low cost care may be available at a community or public health clinic; contact your local or state health dept for advice. They also may be able to help solve your insurance problem, e.g. via the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid. ...Read more
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