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?
Doctors confirm the diagnosis of giardiasis by taking stool samples and sending them to the lab to be examined for Giardia Parasites. Several samples may be needed before the parasites are found. The doctor may recommend Elisa test and enteroscopy for further diagnosis.
HOW IS GIARDIASIS TREATED?
Treatment involves use of antiparasitic drugs but in most cases the condition will treat on its own. The common medications prescribed here include Metronidazole, Tinidazole, Nitazoxanide and Paromomycin.
DID YOU KNOW?
Giardiasis often leads to complications like dehydration, malnutrition and weight loss due to diarrhoea