Generally, giardiasis treatment involves proper hydration and prescription drugs that can relieve symptoms. In some cases, treating those who are in close contact with the infected individual may also be a part of treatment. Approximately 80 percent of people with giardiasis can be cured with Giardia medication.
Although the parasite can be killed during treatment for chronic giardiasis, there may be a delay before a person's symptoms improve.
Other than medication, a key element of treatment is maintaining a high level of fluid intake. Because dehydration is a common result of diarrhea, it is important to drink a lot of fluids to prevent this from happening.
Treatment for children is generally unnecessary if the child experiences no giardiasis symptoms.
(Click Giardia Treatment for more detailed information about treatment options, including an explanation of why treating people who are in close contact with the patient is important and potential causes of reinfection.)