Saturday, April 30, 2011

EveryTrail - Travel Community, Android and iPhone Guides for Sightseeing, Hiking, Walking Tours and more

By:  Keith Brock
April 30, 2011

This is a good site for us hikers and backpackers.  Start sharing your hikes and trips and bring some joy to those of us who dream of the trial.  I wanted to share it with all of those who love hiking and backpacking from around the world!  Happy trails :D

EveryTrail - Travel Community, iPhone Guides for Sightseeing, Hiking, Walking Tours and more:

"EveryTrail is the best way to share trips, connect with other travelers and find great new things to do. Use our mobile apps to record your trips and find nearby things to do."

Important links!

Download Android or iPhone apps from this location to your mobile phone!

Every Trail Blog - Bookmark!

     Everytrail Blog: Calparks now available on Android!

The CalParks app includes detailed information for 50 California State Parks (more coming soon!), who together receive tens of millions visits each year. Each park has an overview, history, and other activity sections as well as several trail guides each containing maps, trail routes, points of interest, pictures, and great descriptions.
We know many of you have patiently waited for this app, and we hope you find it as useful as we do.
Some of the great parks included in the app are: Big Basin, California’s oldest State Park, Point Lobos, with its awesome coastal wildlife,Crystal Cove State Park and many others. See the California State Park partner page for a full list of parks and guides.
If you are a park management organization, destination marketing organization (DMO), hotel or other travel organization, and you are interested in making your travel destination information available to your visitors in optimized mobile format, please drop us aPublish Post line

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Granite Gear | Home

Backpacking Magazine Editors; choice, March 2011 - New Blaze A.C 60 backpack 2lbs. 14 oz. 3660 Cubes = 60 Liters. Available in short and regular torso sizes.

Granite Gear has been building packs specific to the needs of long distance hikers since 2003 when we introduced the award winning Vapor Trail and Nimbus Ozone, winning Backpacker’s coveted Editor’s Choice award, as well as the respect of the long distance hiking community. Our objective has stayed the same! Develop and build packs that are as light as possible while still offering optimal comfort, suspension, compression and exceptional durability.
Like its predecessors, The Blaze AC 60 is Spartan in its simplicity and features our engineered AirCurrent suspension. The AirCurrent suspension consists of a 3-dimensionally molded alloyed frame, our quickest torso length adjustment system, padded shoulder straps, and a swappable hip belt for a custom fit. The AC frame has molded air channels, works in conjunction with a molded foam pad and durable stretch mesh to aid in venting heat and moisture away from the back; allowing for natural evaporative cooling. The pack body is a simple, lidless top loader with a tall spindrift opening that can be cinched and rolled down tight for weather resistance and also expanded when extra space is needed. The arched Line-Loc compression system allows the load to be cinched tight in every direction (side, front, and top) as well as allowing additional gear to be lashed to the pack. The Line-Loc cord can easily be replaced if it wears out from extended use. Durable and versatile stretch mesh pockets on the bottom of the pack sides work well for water bottles, while the tall front center pocket is great for damp tarps or ultralight tents.


Ultralight Backpacking


Torso Sizes: short | regular
Weight: 1.3kg | 2lbs 14oz
Capacity: 60 liters | 3660 cubic inches
Suspension: Air Current (A.C.) Internal Frame
Load Capacity: 35lbs | 16kg
Optional Lid: Click Here


100D Ripstop
210D Nylon Cordura
Stretch Mesh Fabric


  • hydration compatible
  • hip pack lid sold separately
  • interchangeable belt
  • torso length adjustability on framsheet
  • ultralight lineloc micro compression
  • large stretch mesh front pocket

What torso length should I get?

To find your torso length, measure the distance between your seventh cervical vertebra and the shelf of your hipbones. Do this by standing up straight with your feet shoulder-width apart. Tilt your head forward and place your hands on your hips, thumbs to the back. With a flexible tape, have someone measure from the most prominent vertebra at the base of your neck to an imaginary line drawn between your thumbs. This will be your torso length.

Blaze Torso Lengths
Short Torso 14” to 18”
Regular Torso 18” to 22”

NOTE: Each framesheet has fine adjustment settings spaced in one inch increments to further fine-tune your fit. If you are an 17” torso try the short torso first.

What size hipbelt?

Our Ultralight Pack Belt is standard equipment on all of our Ultralight Packs (except Virga) and all packs with the Vapor Suspension. This belt is a “soft” belt. It has no plastic exoskeleton like our other belts. It is lighter and more comfortable when carrying smaller loads of 40 pounds or less. Although it is our simplest interchangeable belt, it still boasts the Pivot Point connection (except on Vapor Suspension Packs), hip stabilizers, dual density foam and a stretch woven fabric.
Hip Belt Sizing
Women's belts are sculpted to fit the increased angle of women's hips

What size shoulder strap?

Blaze series packs come with a standard size shoulder straps that fit both men and women equally

Amazon Carries This Product.  Link Below for more information.


What size pack do you really need? Get a pack that's too big and you'll be sure to fill it with non-essential junk and end up tired and sore. But go too small, and you might not be able to fit the stuff you do need, like safety gear.

Backpack sizes are listed either in cubic inches or liters, which can make comparison-shopping a bit tricky, especially for online shoppers who aren't able to actually see the packs before they buy. That's why we've done the conversions and broken it all down for you. The below lists are very general rules of thumb, and will depend on the sizes of the items you're packing, of course.

Size: Less than 2,500 cubic inches or 40 liters
Will hold:
Lunch and snacks
Shell and/or warm layer
Several trinkets like emergency kit, small first aid kit, GPS

Weekend Packs
Size: 2,500 to 3,999 cubic inches or 40 to 65 liters
Will hold: All of the above, plus:
Small tent
Sleeping bag and pad
Ultralight stove and cook kit
A few more clothing items
A weekend's worth of meals

Weeklong Packs
Size: 4,000 to 5,999 cubic inches or 65 to 95 liters
Will hold: All of the above, plus:
Extra food, fuel and kitchen gear
A few luxury items like camp chair, camp shoes, pillow
A bigger tent
A warmer sleeping bag and cushier sleeping pad

Expedition Packs
Size: Greater than 6,000 cubic inches or 95 liters
Will hold: Winter-worthy versions of all of the above, plus:
Mountaineering gear
Bear canisters (essential for carrying food in bear country)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Map Of The Appalachian Trail. Looks simple. Looks Can Be Deceiving!

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Planning

Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike Planning:

"This page will be used to aid those who are planning a thru-hike or other long distance hike of the Appalachian Trail.


Appalachian Trail Thru Hike 1985

Perhaps the most enthusiastic thru hiker in the history of the AT, Chuck Wood, trail name "Woodchuck", is from Norristown, PA. His unusual staff was comprised of feathers, a US flag, a crucifix, racoon tails, a north/south symbol on either side, a water jug attached with velcro, and oh yes, an AT he fashioned at the top. He carried this the entire way, although it was a broken and battered at the end judging from the Christmas Card he sent me that year. 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

You Are Out On The Appalachian Trail and Seriously Sprain Your Ankle. You Want To Know This!

Keith Brock
April 24, 2011

Some things are just important to know and important to have.  I never thought much about tape, but I will now.

Watch this Video and be sure to understand these simply principles.  Bookmark it for future reference.  You just might be the hero of your own rescue one day.

Be prepared!

Keith Brock


Stranded hikers reach safety with help from Air Force -

"When you go into wilderness, when you go into backcountry, you are saying that you want to accept nature on its own terms,' he said. 'You need to be ready for the conditions you're going to encounter.'"

Gulp! I was just talking to someone at Starbucks this morning who was looking to motorcycle up to Zion to check it out. It is rugged and it is of the West! It is also beautiful from all accounts I have heard. It is definitely a place I want to check out - in a group I think, one day. First, some practice on the PCT in my backyard and then the AT next Spring! For those back east, there is MUCH to discover in the west. such as the Great White Throne, below.

Click the link above photo of "The Subway" at Zion to read the story.


Video Courtesy of

Lightning Safety - Sports - Lightning Safety and Outdoor Sports

Lightning Safety - Sports - Lightning Safety and Outdoor Sports:
"Lightning is the most dangerous and frequently encountered weather hazard that physically active people face each year. According to Orville and Huffines research (2001), there are approximately 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in the United States each year, resulting in nearly 100 deaths and an additional 500 injuries. While it appears that the number of overall deaths from lightning strikes is decreasing, trends show that the number of injuries continues to rise. And lightning casualties during sports and recreational activities have risen alarmingly."

It's not the sound that hurts you, it's the flash before!
Keith Brock
April 24, 2011

I have been noticing the weather on the Appalachian Trail and reading journals. I never gave much thought to lightening but what you don't know can kill you!

Check out the very interesting article on ",: from the link above.  Please come back and leave your comments below. What do you do out on the trail in a lightning storm if you are caught hiking in one? What about caught sleeping in your tent when the lightening storm arrives? Please share your knowledge and experiences.

I met a man in his 30's who had been hit by lightening. The story he told me about what happened to him when struck by lightning, and his subsequent recovery, made the hairs stand up on MY neck!


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Water Filtering Video - The Katadyn System

By Keith Brock
April 23, 2010

As I look at the myriad of items to chose from for backpackers, stoves are an important product if you want to have warm liquids at the end of a hard-cold day; or an early morning pick-me-up of coffee in the morning.  I found this little video that illustrates a product on  At 4 oz, it seems like the trick.  Please leave comments on your experiences with this type of stove, both pro and con.  Also, if you use a different type of stove, tell us how you made your decision.

AntiGravityGear - TinMan Alcohol Stove from George Andrews on Vimeo.
Using the AntiGravityGear TinMan Alcohol Stove

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Teachers' Pet -

Teachers' Pet -

I'm Walking So Hard My Bones Are On Fire!

By Keith Brock
April 20, 2011

"I'm Walking So Hard My Bones Are On Fire!" The lyrics came waffling up from the valley floor a quarter mile below as I labored up an incline; my body at that moment feeling like my bones actually were on fire.  Coincidentally I had noticed that different things on my body hurt at different times and sometimes what was hurting least was masked at that moment by what was hurting most and decided to follow the trail of pain this day.

Each trip I start up the Tram Road my legs go through pure revolt.  I know if they could dissown me the would be walking back down hill with the first person we met, but alais, they are attached and have to goi where I want to go - that is when I have mind over body, which isn't 100% of the time it seems.  The first thing I notice is the fire in the back of my calves as I start up the ever increasing incline.  For the first mile my calves literally scream at me.  However, I noticed the last several times I walked this road that a whole cornucopia of hurts seemed to confluence at the point I didn't know where the pains were coming from.  Are my calves still burning or is the pain in the back of my legs?  Later, is that my  back hurting? Are my calves still hurting or is my back hurting more to the point I don't feel the pain in my legs?  Then! Where did my breath go?  Why am I gasping for air like a fish thrown into a road in the desert.  Where's my pond!

The movement of pain has a definite route up my body and I am starting to watch it, with no control over it unless I stop plodding up the steep road and rest.  That only seems to make things worse, though, because my body seems to fall into a cadence of plopping one foot in front of the other and my breathing  sinks up with it until they are in harmony as my body shouts from the audience to just "SIT DOWN!"

After my calves turn to fire I notice that the pain moves to the outside of my calves seems linger about a mile or so there.  This melds into a pain in the back of my legs above my knees, and about the 2 to 2.5 mile marker - moves into my lower back.

I am currently using a backpack that is really nothing more than a day-pack I purchased from Wall Mart.  I fill it with approximately 13 pounds of water, digital cameras, headphones, mp3 player, power bars and a sweater.  I don't have a belt support; I find when my back is burning I reach back with my hands, placing them on my lower back and upper hips, and support the pack with my fingers to give my back some breathing room and take the weight off my shoulders. No one else carries a pack on this road - just a water-bottle, and sometimes a belt for an extra bottle for runners. (Yes, fools actually run the four miles to the top - rising over 2,000 feet of climb, and then back down).  Then there is the marching down the mountain, with a whole different play of muscles at work.

The back seems to take the brunt, and the knees because I am coming down on them pretty hard because it is difficult to come down a steep road without tossing head-over-heels, so you are applying a counter force to your ever increasingly speeding up body to slow it down. I'm not sure why it seems to get the lower back so much, maybe because of the angle of my body and the weight coming down from the backpack putting more pounding on my spine.  Regardless, it does seem to be worse on the back and the knees on the way down.  The front shins sometimes burn on the way up but my legs aren't a problem on the way down.  What I do notice is that feet get tired and sour - maybe because I am finishing up an eight-mile walk would be a good excuse. But I think it is because they are slapping down harder coming down the road.  Going up the seem to slip under me - my toes and the ball of my foot hitting first, then lifting me.  There isn't that pounding of slapping feet I get as I come down.

I have started noticing a lot of things I didn't now about the Tram Road, the scenery, the plants and birds, and now my body.  I will try to take pictures and share with you each trip. Today, in conjunction with a little introspection - looking at things closer and in more in-depth, I took the time to looks at somethings closer in macro and share with you.

I hope you enjoy this little slice of life I share with you.  If so, please pass on the site link to others and encourage them to pitch in with their comments.

Happy Trailing!


   Be Flexible--Stretch Those Muscles Before Exercising.(to help prevent knee pain, shin splints, and tendinitis): An article from: Medical Update

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 Backpacker Magazine's Tent Guide

By: Keith Brock
April 19, 2011

Where to began?  Going on a long hike takes hours of planning and some financial savvy.  So many things to consider: weight, color, thickness, airflow and on and on.  Between solar chargers for phone and camera; water purification systems sleeping bag and matt - things are just overwhelming at times.

I found a link that you might find useful for purchasing a tent, one of the things I am struggling with.  If you come up with some great ultra light ideas that fit your needs, be sure to come back and leave some details in the comments section so we can check out your consideration!

Backpacker Magazine's Tent Guide


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hiking the Appalachian Trail: About 21 percent through the hike

Posted by Joe Allen-Black
 March 25, 2011 06:03 PM
MIT student Gabe Blanchet is hiking the Appalachian Trail and blogging about his experience. Here is his latest entry.


Gabe Blanchet is a 20-year-old MIT sophomore who is taking his spring term off from classes to hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.

He is raising money for charity on a per-mile basis. Half of the proceeds will benefit the JuvenileDiabetes Research Foundation, and the other half will go to the charity or non-profit of the highest donor's choice. He is keeping a blog where you you can get involved.

We'll be keeping track of his journey on
Hi everybody! Thank you to those of you who sent letters to the Damascus Post Office!

I really loved reading them. I used my jackknife this morning to cut out the parts I really enjoyed and I’m keeping them in my journal to read when I’m feeling low on the Trail. Since my last post I’ve walked ~190 miles and passed into my 4th state — Virginia! I’ve ticked off 463.5 miles (About 21% through the trip!) in 25 days, which makes for an 18.5 mile/day average.

Now that I’ve been on the trail for close to a month, I’ve picked up a fair amount of trail ‘lingo’. Two of the most used expressions:
PUDs: Pointless ups and downs. The trail could very easily go around a hill but instead goes right up and over it. (One thru-hiker will say “Man, that 20 mile stretch was just filled with PUDS!”)
PCBs: Pointless curve and bends. Similar to a PUD but instead of going up and down, the Trail winds around in what seems like needless circles.
Another aspect unique to the AT are the trail logs found in all the shelters. A journal and a pen are kept zip-locked in each shelter along the trail. Every thru-hiker (and some day/section hikers) stops at shelters and signs in with a short note and the date. It’s fun tracking the thru-hikers ahead of us by reading their notes and seeing when they stopped by the shelter. Through a combination of the notes and stories from hostel owners and other hikers, we piece together notions of what the hikers ahead of us are like.

One of our most epic chases ended about 5 days ago when we finally caught ‘Dust’ in Erwin, TN — we had been following his entries in the trail logs for weeks and had heard many rumors from hostel owners and hikers. Dust is well known for toting a 2 gallon bucket of ‘goo’ (some kind of very thick electrolyte mix) in one hand and shouldering his 40 lb pack on his opposite shoulder while he hikes. We heard rumors that he hikes for 30 straight hours followed by 6 hours of sleep.
Needless to say, we were excited to meet the legend. We finally caught up to him and I snapped a photo with him holding his ‘goo-bucket’- see above. He doesn’t actually hike for 30 hours straight, but he does have an interesting sleep schedule— only 3-4 hours a night and a nap “somewhere flat” during the day.

We are far ahead of most northbound thru-hikers already and have heard that there are likely only 12-15 in front of us. We’re currently hot in pursuit (through the trail logs) of Indiana Jones, Rockhound, and 2Marines.

While the majority of days are enjoyable, this is certainly the most difficult thing I’ve ever attempted in my life. Last night after hiking a long 26.1 mile day I was slightly hypothermic and perhaps dehydrated. For the last 3.5 miles, I felt weak in every joint and couldn’t focus. It had rained and hailed all day (see the picture of the hail— it felt like I was getting pelted by paint balls and if they had gotten any bigger I could have been knocked out), and we were just at the end of this tough 190 mile, 8 day stretch. One foot in front of the other, I reminded myself. As I walked slowly into Damascus at 5pm, I locked eyes on the hostel sign. I checked in, payed $10 for a bunk, and curled up in my sleeping bag.

I was close to crying and was seriously considering catching a bus then a plane for Boston in the morning. I woke up sore but had a great cheap French Toast breakfast with Bundy and Whitefang at Dairy King. I hobbled to the Post Office and found a bunch of letters and a resupply from my Parents. I sat on my bed and read through the notes. They gave me the strength I needed to write this post and to leave town for an easy 8 mile hike this afternoon. Thanks for all your support as I continue on my journey.

Much love from Damascus, VA.

First Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet to be Held on June 17

The first inductees to the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame will announced on Friday evening, June 17, at Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.

Hikers and hiking enthusiasts nationwide will gather at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 17, at Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, for the first Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame banquet. The highlight of the banquet will be the induction of the first class of Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame honorees.

The cost of the banquet is $30 for museum members and $40 for others. Cumberland County Commissioner and avid hiker Rick Rovegno will emcee, and entertainment will be provided by popular storyteller Pennsylvania Jack.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by sending a check to:

Appalachian Trail Museum
1120 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA 17324

Questions about the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet may be sent to

Allenberry has reserved a block of rooms for banquet attendees. For more information on Allenberry and to reserve a room, call 1-800-430-5468 or (717) 258-3211 , or go to

About the Appalachian Trail Museum Society 
The Appalachian Trail Museum Society, a 501-C-3 not-for-profit organization formed in 2002, organizes programs, exhibits, volunteers and fundraising nationwide for the Appalachian Trail Museum.  The museum opened on June 5, 2010, as a tribute to the thousands of men, women and families who have hiked and maintained the 2,181 mile long hiking trail that passes through 14 states from Maine to Georgia. Located in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, Pennsylvania, the museum is conveniently near Carlisle, Gettysburg and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  Additional information is available at   
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Everyday I can feel my body growing stronger. After two weeks of walking 8 hours a day change would be inevitable. In 14 days (counting a few zero days and some nearo days) I've hikes 135 miles. I came on the Appalachian trail solo, but it didn't take long to find friends. My trail family is one of the biggest I've seen, 8 in total. 
A day in the life of me. I wake up when the sun rises ( not by choice, it's just 
natural now). The sun is my alarm clock. I pack all my gear into my pack. I like 
the heavy gear on the bottom, lightest on top. When your pack weights 30-35lbs 
packing your bag right is key. Drink tons of water and have a bite to eat. Then 
you walk. : )
I like to hike alone. The trail is beautiful right now. Spring time in the 
mountains. Everything is coming to life again right in front of my eyes. When I 
have a quick change in elevation you can see the change. Trees are budding, 
flowers are blooming and the poison ivy is coming back!
Right now I just passed Franklin, north Carolina. Took a zero day to rest. I 
pushed really hard, hiked almost a 17 mile day just with the motivation of pizza 
hut for dinner. It's amazing what the human body can handle.
The next day in Franklin was all fun and no work. Exploring the towns and the 
people in them is one of my favorite things to do. I'm a people watcher ya no.
My trail family and me went to a steak house for dinner. Giant 32 ounce draft 
beers for $4.99 is every thru hikers dream after getting off the trail.
Back to hiking! Let's hope the saying April showers isn't true this month!

Woman injures knee, prompts six-hour rescue on rainy Appalachian Trail |

Gulp! She was only one mile from the highway.

Woman injures knee, prompts six-hour rescue on rainy Appalachian Trail |

Bear Activity A Problem This Year.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Do Backpackers and Hikers Have To Suffer Giardiasis? Let's Hope Not!

By Keith Brock

April 16, 2011

(Have you heard of the following tidbit that would interest any hiker... a sworn-by method of warding off waterborne illnesses that I had never heard of before – taking a shot of Pepto-Bismol 2-3 times a day will make any nasty critter pass right through you!)

There are some things in life we can just do without, this is one of them, giardiasis, our friend - NOT!

What is giardiasis?

Electron micrograph of Giardia trophozoite.
Electron micrograph of Giardiatrophozoite.
G. intestinalis trophozoites in a Giemsa stained mucosal imprint. Photo credit: DPDx, CDC
G. intestinalis trophozoites in a Giemsa stained mucosal imprint. Photo credit: DPDx, CDC
Giardiasis is a diarrheal disease caused by the microscopic parasite Giardia. A parasite is an organism that feeds off of another to survive. Once a person or animal (for example, cats, dogs, cattle, deer, and beavers) has been infected withGiardia, the parasite lives in the intestines and is passed in feces (poop). Once outside the body, Giardia can sometimes survive for weeks or months. Giardia can be found within every region of the U.S. and around the world.

How do you get giardiasis and how is it spread?

Giardiasis can be spread by:
  • Swallowing Giardia picked up from surfaces (such as bathroom handles, changing tables, diaper pails, or toys) that contain stool from an infected person or animal
  • Drinking water or using ice made from water sources where Giardia may live (for example, untreated or improperly treated water from lakes, streams, or wells)
  • Swallowing water while swimming or playing in water where Giardia may live, especially in lakes, rivers, springs, ponds, and streams
  • Eating uncooked food that contains Giardia organisms
  • Having contact with someone who is ill with giardiasis
  • Traveling to countries where giardiasis is common
Anything that comes into contact with feces (poop) from infected humans or animals can become contaminated with the Giardia parasite. People become infected when they swallow the parasite. It is not possible to become infected through contact with blood.

What are the symptoms of giardiasis?

Giardia infection can cause a variety of intestinal symptoms, which include:
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas or flatulence
  • Greasy stool that can float
  • Stomach or abdominal cramps
  • Upset stomach or nausea
  • Dehydration
These symptoms may also lead to weight loss. Some people with Giardia infection have no symptoms at all.

How long after infection do symptoms appear?

Symptoms of giardiasis normally begin 1 to 3 weeks after becoming infected.

How long will symptoms last?

In otherwise healthy people, symptoms of giardiasis may last 2 to 6 weeks. Occasionally, symptoms last longer. Medications can help decrease the amount of time symptoms last.

Who is most at risk of getting giardiasis?

Though giardiasis is commonly thought of as a camping or backpacking-related disease and is sometimes called "Beaver Fever," anyone can get giardiasis. People more likely to become infected include:
Image of kids playing and coloring at a day care.
Children in child care settings, especially diaper-aged children are at risk for Giardia exposure.
  • Children in child care settings, especially diaper-aged children
  • Close contacts (for example, people living in the same household) or people who care for those sick with giardiasis
  • People who drink water or use ice made from places where Giardia may live (for example, untreated or improperly treated water from lakes, streams, or wells)
  • Backpackers, hikers, and campers who drink unsafe water or who do not practice good hygiene (for example, proper handwashing)
  • People who swallow water while swimming and playing in recreational water where Giardia may live, especially in lakes, rivers, springs, ponds, and streams
  • International travelers
  • People exposed to human feces (poop) through sexual contact

What should I do if I think I may have giardiasis?

Contact your health care provider.

How is a giardiasis diagnosed?

Your health care provider will ask you to submit stool (poop) samples to see if you are infected. Because testing for giardiasis can be difficult, you may be asked to submit several stool specimens collected over several days.

What is the treatment for giardiasis?

Many prescription drugs are available to treat giardiasis. Although the Giardia parasite can infect all people, infants and pregnant women may be more likely to experience dehydration from the diarrhea caused by giardiasis. To prevent dehydration, infants and pregnant women should drink a lot of fluids while ill. Dehydration can be life threatening for infants, so it is especially important that parents talk to their health care providers about treatment options for their infants.

My child does not have diarrhea, but was recently diagnosed as having Giardiainfection. My health care provider says treatment is not necessary. Is this correct?

Your child does not usually need treatment if he or she has no symptoms. However, there are a few exceptions. If your child does not have diarrhea, but does have other symptoms such as nausea or upset stomach, tiredness, weight loss, or a lack of hunger, you and your health care provider may need to think about treatment. The same is true if many family members are ill, or if a family member is pregnant and unable to take the most effective medications to treat Giardia. Contact your health care provider for specific treatment recommendations.

If my water comes from a well, should I have my well water tested?

What can I do to Prevent and Control giardiasis?

To prevent and control infection with the Giardia parasite, it is important to:
  • Practice good hygiene
  • Avoid water (drinking or recreational) that may be contaminated
  • Avoid eating food that may be contaminated
  • Prevent contact and contamination with feces (poop) during sex
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