Cyclosporiasis Treatment & Management

Updated: Nov 10, 2022
  • Author: Shipra Gupta, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Treatment

Approach Considerations

Medical care

Cyclosporiasis can be self-limited in an immunocompetent host, lasting several days to 2 weeks. Supportive care is typically needed for replenishment of fluids and electrolytes with oral rehydration therapy. Occasionally, the infection can persist for 3-5 weeks, necessitating treatment with antimicrobials. Infection in an immunocompromised host or in a child usually requires treatment.

Consultations

For prolonged or severe cases, consultation with infectious diseases specialists, gastroenterologists, or both may help.

Diet

Typical dietary measures for gastroenteritis are appropriate.

Prevention

As with other types of travelers' diarrhea, cyclosporiasis is preventable when traveling by avoiding untreated water and unpeeled fruits and vegetables, all of which can be contaminated.

When caring for hospitalized patients infected with Cyclospora species, contact precautions should be instituted with thorough handwashing after each patient contact.