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Hygiene Practices to Prevent Giardiasis


Hygiene Practices to Prevent Giardiasis

The best way to prevent giardiasis is to wash your hands. This recommendation is so easy that people sometimes forget about it. Hand-washing is especially important:

  • After you use the toilet (especially after a bowel movement).
  • After you change a baby's diaper or when you take care of children who are still in the process of toilet training.
  • When you take care of adults who are ill or who may have trouble controlling their urine or bowels.
  • Before you prepare or handle food.

Also, avoiding oral-anal contact will help prevent transmission of giardia.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerW. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Last RevisedSeptember 9, 2011

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