Cryptosporidiosis (Cryptosporidium): Symptoms and treatment
On this page
- Symptoms of cryptosporidiosis
- If you become ill
- Testing for cryptosporidiosis
- Treating cryptosporidiosis
Symptoms of cryptosporidiosis
The most common symptom of cryptosporidiosis is watery diarrhea. Other symptoms include:
- stomach cramps or pain
These symptoms appear within 2 to 10 days of infection and usually last about 1 or 2 weeks. Most people recover within 1 to 2 weeks.
If you become ill
Contact your health care provider if you have any of these symptoms or think you have cryptosporidiosis. Mention if you have been exposed to food, water or feces that may have been contaminated by parasites.
Your health care provider can:
- monitor your illness
- prescribe appropriate treatment
If you have diarrhea, drink plenty of water or fluids to prevent dehydration.
Testing for cryptosporidiosis
Cryptosporidium is diagnosed by a health care provider through laboratory testing, usually of a stool sample.
Most people recover without treatment. If you have symptoms of cryptosporidiosis, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water and fluids.
Antidiarrhea drugs and rehydration therapy may be used if diarrhea becomes severe.
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