Prevention of Giardia
Prevention of Giardia:
Methods of prevention of Giardia mentioned in various sources
includes those listed below.
This prevention information is gathered from various sources,
and may be inaccurate or incomplete.
None of these methods guarantee prevention of Giardia.
Clinical Trials for Giardia
Some of the clinical trials for Giardia include:
Latest Treatments for Giardia
Some of the more recent treatments for Giardia include:
Treatments for Giardia
Treatments to consider for Giardia may include:
Prevention of Giardia:
FDA Bad Bug Book (Excerpt)
Food is analyzed by thorough surface cleaning of the suspected food and sedimentation of the organisms from the cleaning water. Feeding to specific pathogen-free animals has been used to detect the organism in large outbreaks associated with municipal water systems. The precise sensitivity of these methods has not been determined, so that negative results are questionable. Seven days may be required to detect an experimental infection.
(Source: FDA Bad Bug Book)
Giardiasis: DPD (Excerpt)
How can I prevent Giardia
Practice good hygiene.
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and
a. Wash hands after using the toilet and before handling or eating food (especially for persons with diarrhea).
b. Wash hands after every diaper change, especially if you work with diaper-aged children, even if you are wearing gloves.
- Protect others by not swimming if experiencing diarrhea (essential for children in diapers).
Avoid water that might be contaminated.
- Avoid swallowing
recreational water. Click here for information
on recreational water illnesses .
- Avoid drinking untreated water from shallow wells, lakes, rivers, springs, ponds, and streams.
- Avoid drinking untreated water during community-wide outbreaks of disease caused by contaminated drinking water. In the United States, nationally distributed brands of bottled or canned carbonated soft drinks are safe to drink. Commercially packaged noncarbonated soft drinks and fruit juices that do not require refrigeration until after they are opened (those that are stored unrefrigerated on grocery shelves) also are safe.
Click here to find out how to choose bottled water that is also safe to drink.
- Avoid using ice or drinking untreated water when traveling in countries where the water supply might be unsafe.
- If you are unable to avoid drinking or using water that might be contaminated, then treat the water yourself by:
Heating the water to a rolling boil for at least 1 minute.
Using a filter that has an absolute pore size of at least 1 micron or one that has been NSF rated for "cyst removal."
here for information on choosing a water filter.
If the methods above cannot be used, then try chemical inactivation of Giardia by chlorination or iodination. Chemical disinfection may be less effective than other methods because it is highly dependent on the temperature, pH, and cloudiness of the water.
Avoid food that might be contaminated.
Avoid fecal exposure during
- Wash and/or peel all raw vegetables and fruits before eating.
- Use uncontaminated water to wash all food that is to be eaten raw.
- Avoid eating uncooked foods when traveling in countries with minimal water treatment and sanitation systems.
(Source: excerpt from Giardiasis: DPD
Prevention Claims: Giardia
Information on prevention of Giardia comes from many sources.
There are some sources that claim preventive benefits
for many different diseases for various products.
We may present such information
in the hope that it may be useful,
however, in some cases claims of Giardia prevention may be
dubious, invalid, or not recognized in mainstream medicine.
Please discuss any treatment, discontinuation of treatment,
or change of treatment plans with your doctor
or professional medical specialist.
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