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Severe stomach pain, cold, hot sweats, diarrhea after having outside food. Reason for above symptoms?

Hello Doctor, Last night my girlfriend had dinner at a restaurant and felt fine afterwards and brought home the leftovers. Then late at night we ate the remaining food and she also had an apple. I feel fine but my girlfriend started to get severe stomach pain, cold and hot sweats, and diarhea that was a bit red. She could not sleep all night because of the stomach pain and is still experiencing the pain 7 hrs later. She also just took a pepto tablet but does not seem to help yet. Any idea what she could have gotten?
Asked On : Wed, 13 Mar 2013
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Hi there,

Thanks for writing in.

It is quite possible that she could be having a food poisoning or viral /bacterial gastroenteritis.

She should be better in about 2-3 days.

I would advise her to follow the "BRAT" diet with Bananas, Rice, Apple, Toast.
Plenty of oral fluids like ORS( oral rehydration solution) to combat dehydration due to fever/ diarrhoea.
Rest for 2 days.

However, If the cold and hot sweats, diarrhoea, stomach pain persists and is severe , She needs to visit a doctor and get a stool examination done , and based on the organism/ bacteria detected, she might be prescribed some antibiotics.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Divya Kuttikrishnan
Answered: Thu, 14 Mar 2013
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