When to Seek Medical Care
When to call the doctor
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.
When to go to the hospital
- Profuse watery diarrhea with dehydration
- Signs and symptoms of dehydration in adults include being thirsty, feeling weak, decreased urination, no saliva or dry mouth, no tears, fast heart rate, and light-headedness.
- Children with dehydration may also get irritable or sleepy.
- Passing many small-volume stools with blood or mucus
- Fever greater than 100.4 F (38 C)
- More than 6 unformed stools in 24 hours
- Illness longer than 48 hours
- Diarrhea with severe abdominal pain in anyone older than 50 years
- Diarrhea in anyone older than 70 years
- Diarrhea in people with weakened immune systems such as those with
AIDS, people receiving chemotherapy, or transplant recipients
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