Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Giardia Infection Treatment

Treatment for giardiasis often includes encouraging oral fluids, clear liquid diet, medications to control vomiting, and medications for diarrhea. More severe cases, or those that are accompanied by high fever or bloody diarrhea, require treatment with oral antibiotics.

Treatment for a Giardia infection includes:

Giardia Infection Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a Giardia infection.

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?
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for complications?
  • How do I avoid passing the infection to others?
  • 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?

Giardia Infection Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat Giardia infections:

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Last Updated: Sep 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Giardia Infection References
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