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Precautions to be taken during a Stomach infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   My husband and I just returned from a trip to Jamaica. We were at a brand new all inclusive, but on the last day of our trip he began to feel very ill. Since our return 5 days ago, he has had stomach cramps, nauseau, diarrhea, a low grade fever of just around 100 and night sweats that is making his pillow and sheets soaking wet. He is very stubborn about going to a doctor, but I keep telling him he may have food poisoning. Does this sound like the symptoms for food poisoning or a stomach flu?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read what you have typed
Doctor :   Does he still have those problems?
Doctor :   may i know his age?
User :   Yes. He's sleeping now but I went in to check on him and the bed was soaking wet. His head feels a bit warm like a mild fever and he is still unable to eat anything other than soup. He continues to have diarrhea and I can hear his stomach gurgling.
User :   He's 50
Doctor :   It seems like a stomach infection or any allergy with food stuff
Doctor :   Did he take any medications for that?
User :   No he hasn't taken medication other than Ibuprofen to reduce the fever. Should he see a doctor for a prescription?
Doctor :   You need to give him Electrol 3 to 4 times a day
User :   Is that over the counter or by prescription?
Doctor :   Give bland diet
Doctor :   It is OTC
User :   OK - yes he's just been having soup and crackers. He couldn't eat a meal I offered him yesterday. I just was concerned that it has now been 5 days.
Doctor :   It will be better that you get him examined as it may be a bacterial infection and needs proper antibiotics to be cured
Doctor :   Also he may require investigations like Stool test
User :   OK I will suggest he go tomorrow to follow up. Thank you for your assistance.
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   No that was my main concern. I will show him your suggestion tomorrow. Thank you!
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting, bye for now
User :   Good bye
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