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Hygiene Practices to Prevent Giardiasis

The best way to prevent giardiasis is to wash your hands. This recommendation is so easy that people sometimes forget about it. Hand-washing is especially important:

  • After you use the toilet (especially after a bowel movement).
  • After you change a baby's diaper or when you take care of children who are still in the process of toilet training.
  • When you take care of adults who are ill or who may have trouble controlling their urine or bowels.
  • Before you prepare or handle food.

Also, avoiding oral-anal contact will help prevent transmission of giardia.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerW. David Colby IV, MSc, MD, FRCPC - Infectious Disease
Last RevisedSeptember 9, 2011

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Last Updated: September 09, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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