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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I just had hernia surgery on my stomach a week ago today and everything I taste that isn't sweet (i.e. fruit or pudding) tastes like pure table salt. I have been running a low grade fever and also have a good size fever blister on the outside of my lip. I have also felt as though my gums and tongue are as though I have eaten too much acid. I haven't been able to eat much of anything.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
User :   hello
Doctor :   let me read your query.
Doctor :   May I know your age?
Doctor :   Do you have chills along with the fever?
Doctor :   Do you shiver with the fever?
User :   44
Doctor :   Since when are you feeling feverish?
User :   i was cold the other day when my fever was over 101 but never have shivered
User :   I have been taking my temp since Sunday. as I had a headache
Doctor :   Ok
User :   today, my fever has only been 99.1
Doctor :   Do you have any other symptoms such as abdominal pain - at the site of surgery, nausea, vomiting along with the fever?
Doctor :   Do you notice any discharge from the site of surgery?
User :   no discharge. i have had some nausea but it has been more of when I was taking the percocet, of which i have not had since sunday. i dont like the way it makes me feel
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain to you.
Doctor :   You are having symptoms of infection
Doctor :   It is either a viral or a bacterial infection.
Doctor :   Temperature higher than 100 degree with chills and shivering can be an indication of wound infection which needs antibiotics.
Doctor :   Hence watch out for these symptoms.
Doctor :   If no such symptoms occur,
Doctor :   then the following measures can be used in the present circumstance.
Doctor :   1. Proper bed rest.
Doctor :   2. Use tylenol tablets thrice a day as long as you have fever
Doctor :   3. Drink plenty of water and consume lots of fruits and vegetables.
Doctor :   I expect the symptoms to improve in a day or two.
Doctor :   If your symptoms persists or you the develop high grade fever(temperature of more than 100 degree) with chills and shivering
User :   is the infection causing the salty taste? i have just been diagnosed with hepatis - fatty liver - this wouldnt have anything to do with it
Doctor :   you need to report back to your doctor who can prescribe you with appropriate antibiotics.
Doctor :   Taste alteration is a feature of infection.
Doctor :   Probably the recent infection is the cause of taste alteration and not your previous hepatitis infection.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   so, i do need to get to my doctor for antibiotics?
User :   i have been eating fruit and drinking quite alot
User :   and laying aroundDoctor :   or notice discharge from the site of surgery
User :   ok today it has only been 99.1 or so
User :   i can eat more vegetables as well and drink more water - can i take motrin for the fever?
Doctor :   As I mentioned earlier, if the operation site is clear, I expect the symptoms to improve,
Doctor :   So continue with proper rest, good hydration and fruits and vegetables.
Doctor :   Use tylenol tablets as and when you have fever.
User :   ok that is all. you have been a tremendous help!
Doctor :   Report to the doctor, if you develop any of the symptom explained earlier or if the fever persists for more than a week.
Doctor :   Hope it is clear to you.
Doctor :   You will need antibiotics if you have high grade fever characterised by temperature above 100degree F, having chills and shivering, fever persisting for more than a week

Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   yes. it is. thank you. will this query be e-mailed to my e-mail addess
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User :   thank you that is all
Doctor :   After signing in, you can click on it, view the chat history and can download the chat too.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
User :   no that is all
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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