Treatment for balantidiasis includes rest and hydration if the person suffers form dehydration. Treatment with antibiotics is required only in those who have an illness that weakens the immune system, such as AIDS. Oral antibiotics are required for 1 to 2 weeks. Rarely, a person with balantidiasis develops acute appendicitis, which requires surgery to remove the appendix.
Treatment for balantidiasis may include:
Balantidiasis Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of balantidiasis.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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