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Medicines and precautionary measures for food poisoning - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health queries ri
Doctor :   Hello
Doctor :   I am Dr XXX here
Doctor :   please tell me how may i help you ?
User :   Nice to meet you.
User :   Well, I ate some Chinese food a few days ago.
Doctor :   Nice to meet you too
Doctor :   Ok
User :   And I've been feeling sick to my stomach ever since.
User :   At first I thought it was because I ate too much food.
Doctor :   Can your describe me your symptoms >?
User :   Yes.
User :   I've been feeling nauseated, and when I walk, I feel even worse.
User :   And when I stand for prolonged periods of time, the ground feels like it's moving up and down, like I just got off a boat.
Doctor :   How many days have gone by ?
User :   Three.
Doctor :   May i know you age and gender please ?
User :   19, male.
User :   Also, my chest has just started to feel cold, which hasn't happened to me before.
Doctor :   Any diarrhea ?
Doctor :   Have you taken any medications ?
User :   Yes, I have had diarrhea. But I have not taken any medications to stop the symptoms.
Doctor :   Do you consume alcohol or do you smoke ?
User :   No./
User :   I do not drink, nor do I smoke.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   well it does looks like you have a severe case of indigestion
Doctor :   How many times do you go to the bathroom ?
User :   Probably what's considered normal for a person without symptoms.
User :   I do not keep track.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Well dont worry
Doctor :   i will be giving you advice which you should follow for a speedy recovery
User :   All right.
User :   It isn't food poisoning, then?
Doctor :   first let me tell you what all you need to do to prevent it from getting worst
User :   Okay.
Doctor :   Do you have any fever ?
User :   I'm not sure.
Doctor :   1) Eat small meals so the stomach does not have to work as hard or as long.
User :   Okay.
Doctor :   2) Avoid foods that contain high amounts of acids, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes.
Doctor :   3) Avoid wearing tight-fitting garments because they tend to compress the stomach, which can cause its contents to enter the esophagus.
Doctor :   4) Do not lie down right after eating.
Doctor :   5) Sleep with your head elevated (at least six inches) above your feet and use pillows to prop yourself up. This will allow digestive juices to flow into the intestines rather than to the esophagus.
User :   Okay.
Doctor :   Most important you need to hydrate your body
Doctor :   so do drink lots of water
User :   Right now, I am at work, is it severe enough so that I should miss work?
User :   I need to know if it's food poisoning or not.
Doctor :   are you having any cramps ?
User :   Just a cold feeling in my chest.
User :   Nothing else in my torso.
Doctor :   ok what i want you to do is to have bland food in your diet
Doctor :   avoid coffee
User :   I did notice that coffee tended to make it worse.
User :   So I will do so.
Doctor :   Drink one cup of ginger tea after meals to promote a good digestion
User :   Okay.
User :   So it's nothing too severe?
Doctor :   also i would like you to take PRILOSEC tab 20 mg for 14 days one tablet daily
User :   Prilosec?
Doctor :   its a non prescription drug
Doctor :   you can get it at your local pharmacy
User :   All right, is it available in the XXX?
Doctor :   Yes it is
User :   With the same name?
Doctor :   XXX, XXX anystore
Doctor :   its the same name
User :   Okay.
User :   But I really do need to know if this is food poisoning.
Doctor :   also you need to see if you are having diarrhea more than 3 -4 times a day
Doctor :   thats a sign of food poisoning and for that you would be needing an antibiotic course
User :   Well I had it once today.
User :   So I'll have to keep track.
Doctor :   Then it ok
Doctor :   have an apple daily
Doctor :   helps to control it
User :   Okay, thank you sir.
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   bye
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