If you think you have giardia symptoms, but aren't sure, then this is the right article for you. The symptoms of giardia can be hard to detect. Usually, someone with giardia does not show signs of symptoms and can spread the parasite to others without even noticing it. If the person does get sick though, the symptoms will start to show after about one to two weeks of being exposed to the parasite. Recognizing them ahead of time can prevent this from happening. Below are the details and symptoms of giardia.
- Diarrhea. One of the giardia symptoms that is common is diarrhea. When the diarrhea occurs, it tends to be watery and foul-smelling. The diarrhea will also be accompanied by soft, greasy stools about 70 percent of the time.
- Fatigue. Fatigue tends to come from the parasite eating nutrients from one's body. The more the parasite multiplies in the body, the more tired and exhausted the person will feel.
- Stomach pains. Pain in the abdomen and unexplained bloating is one of the most common giardia symptoms. Severe belching and gas also accompanies this. Many people infected with the parasite will also get a bad taste in their mouths.
- Nausea. Nausea is one of the latest symptoms of giardia. Along with nausea comes weight loss. The weight loss is partially due to not being able to eat because of the nausea.
Most of the symptoms of giardia start to go away in about four weeks, but for some, they can last longer and even recur periodically over time until fully treated.