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Giardiasis

Giardiasis is a stomach bug caused by a tiny parasite.

Giardiasis is often caught from water that's not been treated to kill germs. It's common worldwide, but particularly in places with poor sanitation.

Symptoms of giardiasis include smelly diarrhoea, burps that may smell like eggs, tummy pain and bloating.

Giardiasis is treated with antibiotics. Stay off school or work until your symptoms have stopped for 2 days to avoid spreading the infection.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of giardiasis include smelly diarrhoea, burps that may smell like eggs, tummy pain and bloating.

Symptoms of giardiasis

The main symptoms of giardiasis are:

You can have giardiasis and spread it to others without having any symptoms.

Call a GP surgery or 111 if:

It's best to call rather than visit the GP surgery as you might have an infection that can spread easily to others.

Tell the GP if you have recently travelled abroad.

Read more on the NHS website.

Giardiasis is treated with antibiotics. Stay off school or work until your symptoms have stopped for 2 days to avoid spreading the infection.

Self-care


Do

  • drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration, such as water and squash – if you're well hydrated, your pee should be light yellow or clear

  • give your baby breast or bottle feeds as usual

  • wash your hands with soap and water frequently

  • separate clothing and bedding that may have poo on it from other laundry and wash it on a hot wash

  • clean toilet seats, flush handles, taps, surfaces and door handles regularly


Don't

  • do not drink alcohol while taking your antibiotics – alcohol can react with the main antibiotics used to treat giardiasis

  • do not prepare food for other people, if possible

  • do not share towels, wash cloths, flannels, cutlery and utensils

  • do not use a swimming pool until 2 weeks after your symptoms stop

Important

You're most infectious from when your symptoms start until 2 days after they have passed. Stay off school or work until your symptoms have stopped for 2 days.

Read more on the NHS website.

Giardiasis is often caught from water that's not been treated to kill germs. It's common worldwide, but particularly in places with poor sanitation.

Read more on the NHS website.