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Recurring diarrhea, might be due to stomach infection. Negative strep test. Treatment options?

I have had diarrhea for the past 3 weeks and it not constant, it goes away and then comes back shortly after. This is getting to be really strange, because I have only been diarrhea free for 3 days before it came back to haunt me again. I went to the doctor this past Thursday and they said it probably a stomach bug. I should also mention whole I was there I had gotten both. a negative four test and negative strep test. I guess my question is why am I having diarrhea so frequently and is there anything I can do to stop it from recurring so quickly?
Asked On : Wed, 26 Dec 2012
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Dec 2012
Hello Dear,

Thank you for posting to us.
There are a good number of possibilities in your affection which could be the cause of your problem. There are numerous microorganisms that can cause diarrhea and also toxins. Structural damages to the lining of the intestines can also lead to you having diarrhea.
For the microorganisms to be isolated, a stool exams and culture needs to be done to isolate the common germs like E. coli, E. hystolitica, Shigella, Salmonellose, fungi etc. Viral infections are the most common causes of diarrhea in children. Stool culture and sensitivity can determine the diseases causing germ and the antibiotics needed to cure the diarrhea.
Further investigation such as a colonoscopy and a rectal exams will need to be performed by your doctor. I will also advice an HIV serology.
As of now, what you should consider is taking oral rehydration solutions to keep fluid and electrolytes balance in your system and prevent dehydration. You can get the ORS salt over the counter and do a mixture and drink atleast 2-3 liters per day.
Other gastrointestinal affections like irritable bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis, crohn's diseases etc can also lead to the persistent diarrheal episodes. You will need to pay a visit to your doctor or gastroenterologist.

Thank you and hope this helps
Answered: Thu, 27 Dec 2012
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