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Viral or bacterial gastro enteritis infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Had a sore throat Sunday and monday..It turned into stuffy head..Wednesday a bout of diarreah. Then Thursday night into Friday violent diarreah. Then 20 hours with no diarreah, now the diarreah has come back (1 episode). Have taken no medication for this and have been drinking clear liquids and am on BRAT. How long should I wait to go in??
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I query
User :   Hello..Thansk
Doctor :   I think you have a moderate Gastro enteritis infection
Doctor :   Your description of symptoms say so
User :   Am i still contagious. i have two little iones..
Doctor :   Viral GE can be waited to subside on its own
Doctor :   but this is bacterial as I believe
Doctor :   Hence you require a course of antibiotic
Doctor :   Yes you are contagious
Doctor :   Wash hands thoroughly before you touch little ones
User :   was the sore throuat and stuffy head (which I have off and ON) a seperate issue?
Doctor :   Sore throat can be viral or bacterial when not taken care of can lead to headache
Doctor :   The same class virus or bacteria can also cause the GE
User :   i did have a headache for a bit.
User :   Should I take any imodium in the meantime?
User :   I had gone 30 hours with no idiarreah.. I was very hopeful!
Doctor :   Immodium is not of use at this stage
Doctor :   with no diarrhoea for 30 hours
Doctor :   But depend on clear fluids
Doctor :   till the time you meet a doc
User :   Tomrrow is Sunday.. Should i try and go somewhere or clear liquid until I can go in Monday..
User :   I hav no otehr symptoms, so i am not misearble..
Doctor :   Your condition is not serious

User :   Great Thanks! I was just worried about the length of time I had diarreah..
Doctor :   But it requires a course of low dose antibiotic so that the remaining organism is killed and you do not have this again being a parent of little ones
User :   This last sttol was yellowish brown. whenre the previous ones were dark brown..
Doctor :   Ok
User :   thanks for your help!!!
Doctor :   Depend on clear fluids with soups, non caffeinated beverages, fruit juices
Doctor :   water ofcourse 2 lts per day
Doctor :   Salt will help in restortion of electrolytes lost
User :   Ah.. Yes i have been a chicken noodle eating fool, with White toast and bananas.
Doctor :   Did you follow?

Doctor :   Banana can restrict some amount of diarrhoea
Doctor :   but when you have normal stool it does not
User :   OK. Thank you very much!
Doctor :   I also suggest you a PRILOSEC, 20 mg since there can be mild gastritis , for 3 days, once a day
Doctor :   on empty stomach in the morning
User :   got it..
Doctor :   I hope it helps
User :   thank you very much..
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
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