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.

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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).

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).
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.

What happens if you get giardia infection?

GI symptoms. You'll feel sick with diarrhea, bloating, gas, and/or nausea until you get treated.

What is the definition or description of: Giardia infection?

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.

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.