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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

Dr. Sewa Legha
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What will happen if giardiasis and gonorrhea are left untreated on fertility of a man ? I am 26 years old man

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

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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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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?

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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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