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Loose stools, vomiting and fever - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :ihave been living in ... for 3 days with a host family eating local food, today, i started to get super runny diarrhea, and since, i have vomited three times, i also think i have a fairly high fever, i keep getting chills and sharrp pains in my stomach. Is it culture shock, or do i need to see a doctor?
Doctor :   hi
User :   vomited 5 times
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
Doctor :   let me read what you have typed.
User :   thank you
Doctor :   the fever, loose stools and vomiting suggest food poisoning with GI infection
Doctor :   you should consider seeing a doctor and getting started on antibiotics
User :   what should i do?
Doctor :   to control your symptoms
User :   okay, will it get worse if i don't?
Doctor :   if you are not able to hold down fluids, then you will need injectable medications to control your symptoms.
Doctor :   the fever indicates it is severe infection, and needs medications
User :   okay, can it wait 20 hours or not?
Doctor :   so not ignore your symptoms.
Doctor :   is there mucus or blood present with loose stools?
User :   yes, and i have a runny nose
Doctor :   if you are not better in next 30 minutes to 1 hour, do not wait, get medical attention soon.
Doctor :   as with the loose stools and vomiting you will get dehydrated
User :   okay, thank you
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   I don't think so, i just feel bad waking up my host mom because it is midnight here, and i don't want to bother her if it is not very serious
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   you can try having home made ORS solution
User :   what is that?
Doctor :   by mixing one glass of clean boiled and cooled water with a pinch of salt and a spoon of sugar, sip on it slowly.
User :   okay, thank you very much
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   if i think of anything else before the time is up, i will let you know
Doctor :   ok
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