Symptoms and Prevention of Giardia

Giardia is a food and water-borne disease that is caused by a parasite found in the gut of infected humans and animals (eg, cattle, sheep, cats, dogs, rats and possums).

Giardia is passed on in the feces of infected humans and animals. People become infected when they swallow the parasites. Eliminate the risk of Giardia with an Eagle Water Reverse Osmosis System.

You get giardia from:

  • drinking contaminated water or eating contaminated food
  • being in contact with infected animals that are carrying the parasite
  • being in close contact with someone who has giardia
  • swallowing water that contains the giardia parasite while you’re swimming or playing in lakes, rivers, springs, ponds, streams, etc.

Signs you may have Giardia:

  • foul smelling diarrhea
  • stomach cramps and abdominal pain
  • nausea and vomiting
  • weight loss
  • bloating
  • slight fever
  • loss of appetite
  • headache
  • fatigue

Your symptoms usually appear 7–10 days after you become infected. You may be sick for 3–4 days, feel better, then the symptoms may return.

If you think you may have Giardia:

  • Go to your doctor. Take a specimen of your feces with you in a clean jar, as you’ll need a laboratory test.
  • If you do have Giardia, your doctor will prescribe Flagyl or Dyzole.
  • While the diarrhea lasts, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Filtered water is safest.
  • If you have a child that is ill and they're not drinking, go back to your doctor.

Giardia is a notifiable disease, so before you go back to work (or your child returns to daycare or school) you’ll need to check with your doctor. Usually you’ll be clear when your symptoms have gone.

To avoid getting Giardia – or passing it on:

  • Avoid drinking water that may be contaminated – don’t drink untreated water from lakes, rivers or streams, or from an area where the water is unsafe because of poor sanitation or where there are no water treatment systems.
  • If you have to drink water that is taken from a roof, river or lake (eg, in a rural area), it should be put through an approved filter.
  • When swimming in swimming pools, hot pools or spa pools, do not swallow the water.
  • Don’t go swimming in a pool if you have diarrhea. You need to wait at least 2 weeks after the symptoms have gone and wash your hands before going for a swim.
  • To stop Giardia from spreading, wash your hands before and after preparing food, after playing or working with animals, and after going to the washroom or changing a baby’s diaper. You need to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water, rinse well and dry them on a clean towel.

To prevent Gardia, give your family a pets only purified water. For more information please contact Eagle Water head office at 1-800-363-6365 or for Ontario residents 1-866-427-7757.

Drink More Water With These 10 Tips

Time to drink up! And we don’t mean heading to the nearest bar. Eagle Water says to drink just one more glass of water a day. Sounds easy right? But if you’re struggling use these tips:

Flavor Your Water

Water can be pretty boring. Use something natural like watermelon chunks and mint or orange slices to add flavor to your water instead of artificial flavors.

Eat Some Peppers

Adding crushed red pepper to your plate will have your reaching for water multiple times during dinner. As an added bonus, studies show that hot peppers give your metabolism a boost.

Use Your Phone

Yep, there’s an app for that. Try Waterlogged for your iPhone or Water Your Body for Android and iPhones.

Get A Water Filter

Eagle Water Treatment Systems carries the top of the line Reverse Osmosis systems to make your water healthy and pure.

Take Water With You

Always keep a big reusable bottle of water on your desk or a reusable water bottle in your bag so you have no excuse not to drink water throughout the day.

Prepare Yourself for the Gym

If you head to the gym without a water bottle, you’re not going to pause the treadmill every few minutes to get a drink, so come prepared.

Save Your Money

Only order water at restaurants and you’ll save calories and cash. Just make sure to ask for tap instead of bottled. Most restaurants use a filtration system anyway.

Eat Your Water

You can hydrate with water-rich foods like cucumbers, melons, celery or even soup with a light broth.

Consider it an Appetizer

Drinking 16 oz. before meals can help you lose weight. Drinking up can help you eat less and should be enough motivation to grab a glass.

Drink Water With Alcohol

If you’re out at the bar, you already know you should be alternating a glass of water for every alcoholic drink. You should also make it a habit to drink at least one more glass of water before bed. Not only will it help you rehydrate after drinking, but it’ll make your hangover suck much less.

To learn more about clean drinking water please call our Eagle Water head office at 1-800-363-6365 or for Ontario residents please call 1-866-427-7757.