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Giardiasis can show itself in different ways. Some people can be carriers of the parasite and have no symptoms of the disease, but they pass cysts in their stool and pass the disease to others. Others may develop acute or chronic diarrheal illnesses in which the symptoms occur 1-2 weeks after swallowing the cysts.
Acute diarrheal illness may have the following symptoms
Chronic diarrheal illness may have the following symptoms
When to Seek Medical Care
Contact a doctor for appropriate diagnosis and treatment if your symptoms are consistent with giardiasis, if symptoms last despite treatment, or if any new symptoms develop. People should not automatically go to the hospital for these conditions.
However, individuals should go to an urgent care clinic or a hospital if the following symptoms develop.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/29/2015
Betsy P Schrader, MD
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