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Does Probiotic Help Cure E. Coli?

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Posted on Tue, 17 Oct 2017
Question: How long does e-Coli last in your system? Will probiotics help?
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Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
E.coli is a part of gut flora.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,
Thanks for choosing HealthcareMagic for your query.
Have gone through your details and i appreciate your concerns.

Escherichia coli bacteria normally live in the intestines of human.Most E. coli are harmless and actually are an important part of a healthy human intestinal tract. Only some E. coli are pathogenic, meaning they can cause either diarrhea or illness outside of the intestinal tract.Most people recover within 6 to 8 days, but it can be life-threatening in people with a weakened immune system.Most strains of E. coli are harmless, but some produce a toxin that makes humans sick.
The group of E. coli that includes 0157:H7 produces a potent toxin called Shiga. This toxin can harm the lining of the small intestine.
So its not like every strain of ecoli is dangerous.

Yes probiotics would definitely help however antibiotics should be used for 5-7 days initially.Our body has its own enviroment called gut flora..Gut flora is the complex community of microorganisms that live in the digestive tracts of humans. The intestinal microflora is a complex ecosystem containing over 400 bacterial species. The flora is sparse in the stomach and upper intestine, but luxuriant in the lower bowel.Long term infection with yoxic strain of e.Coli can destroys this flora and can lead to various problems with digestive system like indigestion,abdominal pain,belching, bloating and increased gas formation loose motion or constipation.These symptoms may vary from person to person.Probiotic mechanisms of action include enhancement of the epithelial barrier, increased adhesion to intestinal mucosa, and concomitant inhibition of pathogen adhesion production of anti-microorganism substances and modulation of the immune system.In LAY MANS language it contain a lot of bacteria's which forms a part of normal gut flora.

Hope i was helpful.
Thanks!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Ramesh Kumar (8 hours later)
Thank you so much! This answered many of my questions! Have a wonderful day!!
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Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar (14 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
follow up.

Detailed Answer:
Your welcome dear.
Get well soon and do write a review.

Wish you a fast recovery.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Ramesh Kumar (2 days later)
I had another bad day of explosive diahrea. This has been 7 days. When should I worry that it is more than just the e-coli in me? How long should this take to get out of my system? I had a great day yesterday and I thought I had it licked and it hit me today with terrible cramping and watery diahrea? I don't know what I can eat? Can you give me some advice on these questions? I tried oatmeal this morning; could that be what has given me the diahrea again? I'm really worried that it is more than the e-Coli?

Please advise!
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Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar (10 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Just food will not help take proper treatment for 5 days.

Detailed Answer:
See my dear patient you need a proper therapy just taking probiotic won't help so follow the recommendations below and you would feel much better in 24 hour

Rx
Tab Ofloxacin 200 mg twice a day(9a.m-9 p.m)(to take care of e.coli and any other bacteria)
Tab Metronidazole 400 mg twice daily(9a.m-9p.m)(to take care of protozoa)
Take anti-vomiting medication (such as zofran 4 mg twice )
Antidiarrhoeal medication (such as loperamide upto 16 mg a day) as 4mg thrice daily.
Take Dicyclomine 10 mg thrice daily for spasmodic pains-Severe inflammation in intestine causes spasms which leads to pain.
Use special rehydration drinks made from sachets electral/ors solution to maintain depleted electrolyte levels in serum.
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration–You need to drink more than usual to replace the fluids lost from vomiting and diarrhoea. Water is best, but you could also try fruit juice and soup.
Take paracetamol for any fever ..

Get plenty of rest.
If you feel like eating, try small amounts of plain foods, such as soup, rice, pasta and bread.
Try to eat boiled vegetables and fruits like banana papaya pineapple apple etc.

No fats and proteins they are hard to digest.
Take lots of carbohydrate rich food.

Please feel free to follow up.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Does Probiotic Help Cure E. Coli?

Brief Answer: E.coli is a part of gut flora. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for choosing HealthcareMagic for your query. Have gone through your details and i appreciate your concerns. Escherichia coli bacteria normally live in the intestines of human.Most E. coli are harmless and actually are an important part of a healthy human intestinal tract. Only some E. coli are pathogenic, meaning they can cause either diarrhea or illness outside of the intestinal tract.Most people recover within 6 to 8 days, but it can be life-threatening in people with a weakened immune system.Most strains of E. coli are harmless, but some produce a toxin that makes humans sick. The group of E. coli that includes 0157:H7 produces a potent toxin called Shiga. This toxin can harm the lining of the small intestine. So its not like every strain of ecoli is dangerous. Yes probiotics would definitely help however antibiotics should be used for 5-7 days initially.Our body has its own enviroment called gut flora..Gut flora is the complex community of microorganisms that live in the digestive tracts of humans. The intestinal microflora is a complex ecosystem containing over 400 bacterial species. The flora is sparse in the stomach and upper intestine, but luxuriant in the lower bowel.Long term infection with yoxic strain of e.Coli can destroys this flora and can lead to various problems with digestive system like indigestion,abdominal pain,belching, bloating and increased gas formation loose motion or constipation.These symptoms may vary from person to person.Probiotic mechanisms of action include enhancement of the epithelial barrier, increased adhesion to intestinal mucosa, and concomitant inhibition of pathogen adhesion production of anti-microorganism substances and modulation of the immune system.In LAY MANS language it contain a lot of bacteria's which forms a part of normal gut flora. Hope i was helpful. Thanks!