|Wash your hands often to help prevent Giardia infection.
Giardiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the parasite Giardia.
You may become infected by ingesting contaminated food or water. Exposure to the stool of someone who`s infected can also cause infection.
When to seek medical attention
Get medical help for severe symptoms that include:
When to go to the emergency room
Go to the emergency room if you have:
Severe belly pain
What to expect at the healthcare provider's office
You will be examined and will likely have a stool specimen examined in a lab. This checks a sample of your stool for the parasite that causes the disease. If giardiasis is suspected or confirmed, you may be prescribed medicine that you take for 5 to 7 days. In many cases, this clears the infection.
Take these steps to help prevent infection with Giardia:
Wash your hands after using the bathroom and before eating.
Wash your hands each time you change a child's diaper.
Avoid drinking from rivers and streams, and use a water treatment kit when camping.
Wash or peel raw produce before using.
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