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How will giardiasis and sleeping sickness spread?

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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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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

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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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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