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Foul smelling stools with mucus, flatulence and stomach ache - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have just arrived back home from a holiday in XXX . Over the last three days I have had diarrea every time I go to the toilet. I had quite a bit of food to each which Is why my brother thinks I am Ill. Could it be because I swallowed water with bugs in i...
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr.XXX here
User :   hi
User :   Hi Dr
Doctor :   let me read what you have typed
User :   sure
Doctor :   please describe your symptom in detail
Doctor :   do you have abdomen distention or pain or cramps associated?
Doctor :   are the stools watery or normal in consistency?
User :   I am very gassy
User :   It is very watery
User :   I sometimes get consterpated
User :   I have stomach pain when gassy
User :   I burp alot
Doctor :   ok. do you mean to say that you have burping, belching, bloating, flatulence associated?
User :   what is flatulence?
User :   I have all other simptoms yes
Doctor :   flatulence=passing gas the other way (from anus)
User :   Yes
User :   I do
Doctor :   ok. are the stools having any foul smell?
User :   Yes they are
Doctor :   is tehre mucus or blood seen with stools?
Doctor :   is there frothing present when you pass loose stools?
User :   I think Mucus
User :   Yes
Doctor :   ok. you have all symptoms suggestive of acute gastroenteritis=acute infection of GI tract
User :   Could it be from eating too much?
Doctor :   this could have been triggered by altered food that you had
User :   I had sea food at the hotel I stayed at
Doctor :   I recommend you to go ahead with an examination by your doctor to make sure there are no other problems. you will also need a stool routine and culture test to identify what is exactly causing the symptoms
Doctor :   once identified, you will need to be started on antibacterial/antiprotozoal medications as indicated by your test results
User :   Is this very urgent
User :   ?
User :   I can't go until monday
Doctor :   early detection of infection will help in preventing complications
Doctor :   since you said you swallowed bugs with water
Doctor :   the infection could be unusual than what is commonly seen
Doctor :   take Tab Prilosec in the meantime 2 times a day before food
Doctor :   keep your diet simple, without oil, spice
User :   What is that?
User :   Paracetamil?
Doctor :   the tablet will help you in your 'gassy' symptoms
Doctor :   it is Omeprazole, a acid suppressor
Doctor :   start with ORS solution if you are passing watery stools more than 5 times a day, it will help in preventing fatigue and dehydration
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   Can you please tell me what ORS solution is?
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   Can you please tell me what ORS solution is?
Doctor :   ORS=oral rehydration solution
Doctor :   it comes in powder form
Doctor :   to be mixed with water (boiled and cooled).
User :   Ok
User :   Thanks you for your help
Doctor :   1 packet is for making 1 litre of solution
Doctor :   do not store the solution once made for more than 24 hours
Doctor :   have abouit 50-100 ml after each bout of loose stools, sip on it gently
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
User :   What do you mean by each bout of loose stools
User :   ?
Doctor :   i meant to say ,after each time you have watery stools
Doctor :   did you follow what I said?
User :   ok
User :   Yes
User :   That was heaps of help
User :   I will follow the instructions
User :   Thanks you
Doctor :   thanks consulting me. bye for now. please give your feedback
User :   ok
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