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Mild Diarrhea And Cramping For Four Days. No Other Symptoms,

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Posted on Fri, 24 Jul 2020
Question: Mild diarrhea and cramping for four days. No other symptoms, want to make sure I don't need to worry that it's related to Covid
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Answered by Dr. Prasad (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
no obvious COVID...

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Isolated diarrrheal symptoms with cramping are not the obvious symptoms of COVID. If you aren't already better, I would treat you with probiotics and simple pain medications and observe the progress which following all other COVID prevention measures. Yet again, the prevention measures I suggest are to avoid getting infected by the novel coronavirus strains and not because you are already affected.

Regards


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Follow up: Dr. Prasad (11 hours later)
Thanks for your reply, that gives me peace of mind. One quick follow up question - can it Typical take several days to achieve solid vowel movements after an intestinal upset? I feel fine otherwise but am still contending with loose stools two or three times a day. I am already taking a probiotic. Any specific foods I should eat or avoid? Thanks!
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Answered by Dr. Prasad (16 hours later)
Brief Answer:
typically get better in next 2-5 days..

Detailed Answer:
Apologies for late reply...

In most cases, bowel movements normalize in 2-5 days after starting probiotics. But in case you are still cramping despite the probiotics, I would be keen to evaluate you for a possible infection albeit a benign one.

In this context, please continue probiotics. I assume you already know yogurt and curd are natural probiotics. I'd encourage you to add them to the diet. Also, consider lot of fibers using a mixture of vegetables. Avoid alcoholic beverages and high spice food products.

Hope it helps. Let me know if you need clarification.

Regards


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Mild Diarrhea And Cramping For Four Days. No Other Symptoms,

Brief Answer: no obvious COVID... Detailed Answer: Hi, Isolated diarrrheal symptoms with cramping are not the obvious symptoms of COVID. If you aren't already better, I would treat you with probiotics and simple pain medications and observe the progress which following all other COVID prevention measures. Yet again, the prevention measures I suggest are to avoid getting infected by the novel coronavirus strains and not because you are already affected. Regards