Giardiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the parasite Giardia. You may become infected by having contaminated food or water. Exposure to the stool of someone who`s infected can also cause infection.
When to call the healthcare provider
Call your healthcare provider for severe symptoms that include:
When to call 911
Call 911 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 sample checked in a lab. This stool is checked 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.
Don't drink from rivers and streams.
Use a water treatment kit when camping.
Wash or peel raw fruits and vegetables before using.
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