Giardiasis is an infection in your small intestine. It’s caused by a microscopic parasite called Giardia lamblia. Giardiasis spreads through contact with infected people. Pet dogs and cats also frequently contract giardia. You can also get giardiasis by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Giardia can be found all over the world, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, it’s more common in overcrowded developing countries that lack sanitary conditions and water quality control. Some people can carry giardia parasites without experiencing any symptoms. Symptoms of giardiasis generally show up one or two weeks after exposure. Common symptoms include:
• diarrhea or greasy stools
• loss of appetite
• bloating and abdominal cramps
• weight loss
• excessive gas
• abdominal pain
HOW IS GIARDIASIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the same would be done by a general physician who would do a stool or blood test to check the presence of the same.
HOW IS GIARDIASIS TREATED?
Giardiasis usually clears up on its own. If the infection is severe and prolonged, the physician may prescribe antibiotic or antiparasitic dosage for clearing the infection. The side effects of various drugs should be evaluated before prescription
DID YOU KNOW?
Kids below the age of 5 may have malnutrition and thus adequate replenishment should be given too.