Giardia is an infection caused by the tiny parasite Giardia lamblia, which infects the small intestine. It is often contracted by people with pet dogs and/or cats and is also contagious from contact with other people who have been infected. Contaminated drinking water and food are other ways the infection can be caught.
Some people who get infected will experience no conditions whatsoever. It is a fairly common condition and is found more often in countries that have poor sanitary standards and overcrowding.
Giardia is relatively easy to treat and is not necessarily dangerous, but vulnerable people will need to be supervised closely. This article looks at 10 symptoms of giardia to look out for.
Symptom #1: Appetite Loss
We cannot live without food and most people can only go for about 14 days without it. Even people with a lot of body fat will still need food because the fat does not provide all the nutrition that they need. As such, we have evolved to experience hunger to ensure that we get all the food that we need.
When we are ill, though, we may not feel like eating as much as we usually would. Patients with giardia will often feel as though they just don’t want to eat a thing. Bear in mind, though, that it is important to eat what you can no matter how little you might feel like it.