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Vomiting, diarrhea. Is it salmonella poisoning?

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salmonella poisoning? vomiting first day
and diarrhea for 5 days
Posted Fri, 12 Apr 2013 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 25 minutes later

Thank you for the query.

Salmonella poisoning gives very characteristic bloody and watery diarrhea, with strong abdominal pains and vomiting. So if you have blood in your stool, this is possible. Otherwise it is rather caused by other pathogens.

Most common reason of acute diarrhea are viruses. Bacterial infection is more probable due to intake contaminated food.
5 days of diarrhea is quite long time and seems that you should have stool tests performed, especially if you have been using medicines which havent helped yet.

If no medicine were ordered, you can try Nifuroxazide 200mg 4 times a day, Loperamide 4 mg 3 times a day. Drink plenty of water and have soft diet. If diarrhea wont stop in a day, you should visit your doctor and have stool tests performed.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
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Follow-up: Vomiting, diarrhea. Is it salmonella poisoning? 42 hours later
no medicine has been used. what are some natural remedies that can be used? any foods that can settle the nausea and/ or thicken the stool? ie ginger ale, saltines, bananas?
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 2 hours later

There is a diet for diarrhea, however if its bacterial or viral, as long as the factor wont be eradicated, diarrhea wont stop even with the diet. That is why if your diarrhea still persist, I suggest you to visit your doctor.
The diet for diarrhea is BRAT diet (bananas, rice, XXXXXXX sauce and toast). Moreover you should drink plenty of fluids.

Hope this will help.
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