Giardiasis is an infection of your small intestine caused by the microscopic parasite called Giardia lamblia. This disease spreads through contact with infected people. Symptoms are:
• Greasy stools or diarrhoea
• Bloating and abdominal cramps
• Excessive gas
• Weight loss
• Abdominal pain
HOW IS GIARDIASIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Giardiasis is done based on your symptoms and medical history. General physician may order for a lab testing of stools for detecting the parasite. An endoscopy may be performed by running a flexible tube down your throat and into the intestine to take a tissue sample.
HOW IS GIARDIASIS TREATED?
Many prescription drugs are available to treat giardiasis. To prevent dehydration, infants and pregnant women should drink a lot of fluids while ill. Dehydration can be life threatening for infants, so it is especially important that parents talk to their healthcare providers about treatment options for their infants. Certain antibiotics are commonly used to treat giardiasis.
DID YOU KNOW?
Kids below the age of 5 may have malnutrition and thus adequate replenishment should be given too.