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.
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).
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).
Symptoms. Giardiasis can present with rotten egg (sulfur) smelling burps, with diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, passing gas, nausea, vomiting, fever, constipation; loss of appetite. Giardiasis is an infection of the small bowel by giardia lamblia.
Stool studies. Stool ova and parasite (o&p) exam, and stool giardia antigen.
GI symptoms. You'll feel sick with diarrhea, bloating, gas, and/or nausea until you get treated.
GI symptoms. Diarrhea, gas, bloating, cramps, nausea, vomiting, and/or dehydration.
Giardia infection. Giardiasis can present with rotten egg (sulfur) smelling burps, with diarrhea, bloating, abdominal pain, passing gas, nausea, vomiting, fever, constipation& loss of appetite. Giardiasis is an infection of the small bowel by Giardia lamblia.
Stool study. Get a stool pova and parasite (o&p) exam.
When is the earliest that a giardia infection would be seen in a tourist who went on houseboat in kerala?
7 days. Giardia's usual incubation period is 7-14 days.
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.