Giardia is an infection of the system. The infection can cause diarrhoea, nausea, and stomach ache. it’s very common.
Giardia infections don’t always cause symptoms. Some people carry the parasite that causes Giardia without ever knowing it. When symptoms do happen, they can include:
It depends. See your Gastroenterologist if you:
Young children and older adults with symptoms should make sure to see their Gastroenterologist. That’s because these groups can get dehydrated more easily than people.
Giardia infections can spread in 3 ways:
Yes. If your Gastroenterologist thinks you might have Giardia, he or she will ask you for a laxation sample. At the lab, the sample can be checked for Giardia and other infections that can cause the same symptoms as Giardia.
Treatment for Giardia involves taking an antibiotic medicine for several days. In most cases, that gets rid of the infection and its symptoms. In some cases, though, Giardia does not get better with the primary round of antibiotics. If that happens, Gastroenterologists usually suggest changing the type or dose of antibiotic, or increasing the length of time a person is treated.
If you do not have symptoms of Giardia, you might not need antibiotics – even if your test shows you have the infection. Some people with Giardia can beat the infection without treatment. But children in day-care and people who work with food should be treated for Giardia, even if they have no symptoms. This helps prevent the spread of infection.