Giardiasis can often be prevented by practising good hygiene and taking commonsense precautions.
The most effective way to prevent giardiasis is to wash your hands regularly, particularly:
Wash your hands with soap and water. You should also encourage your children to wash their hands regularly.
Avoid drinking untreated water from rivers and lakes.
Swimming pools, paddling pools and water parks can sometimes become contaminated, particularly if they'reused by younger children. Giardia parasites can survive in chlorinated water, so you shouldn't assume chlorinated water is safe.
If you're going camping, it's recommended you boil water before drinking it.
If you're travelling to countries where giardiasis is widespread and sanitation is poor, only drink bottled water. Make sure the bottle is properly sealed before using it.You should also use bottled water when brushing your teeth.
Also avoid eating raw fruit and vegetables as they may have been handled by someone with giardiasis. Readaboutfood and water abroad for more information and advice.
Places where giardiasis is widespread include:
If you're diagnosed with giardiasis (or if youhave diarrhoea), it's important to take precautions to prevent other members of your household becoming infected. You should:
It's recommended you stay away from work or college and avoid swimming pools until you've been completely freefrom symptoms for 48 hours. Your child should also stay away from school or nursery until they've been completely free from symptoms for 48 hours.
Kissing or licking also increases the risk of infection and should be avoided.
Giardiasis is an infection of the digestive system caused by tiny parasites called Giardia intestinalis.
Giardiasis is caused by microscopic parasites known as Giardia intestinalis. The parasites live in the intestines of humans and animals.
Giardiasis can often be prevented by practising good hygiene and taking some commonsense precautions.