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Have diarrhea. Feeling ill. No medication till now. What to do?

Monday morning I woke up ill and threw up twice. I basically slept the entire rest of the day. Tuesday was mostly better and I've been able to keep down solid food and take in fluids. Now, suddenly after midnight on Wednesday, I have the most foul diarrhea I've ever experienced. Is this just a stomach bug running its course?
Asked On : Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon 's  Response

Thank you for the query.

Yes, it can be just intestinal infection. Especially if you also have fever, shivers, low appetite. Most of the intestinal infections do go away by its own and no medical attention is necessary. However if your diarrhea will be present for more than 48 hours, you will notice blood in stool, you should visit your doctor. In such case stool tests are necessary. Antibiotics can be prescribed as well.
In a meanwhile you should have mild diet for a day or two, avoid fatty foods, spicy foods, coffee, alcohol. Drink plenty of fluids. And be aware of dehydration. You should monitor an amount of your urine. If it will be less than 300 ml/24hours, you should contact your doctor right away.

Hope this will help.
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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General Surgeon Dr. Ivan R. Rommstein's  Response
Apr 2013
Hi and welcome to HCM.
This sounds like moderate gastroenteritis. Probably viral. you shouldnt be worried, it could have been food poisoning.In every case there is no specific teratment but drinkng lot of water and teas, eat easier food, avoid fats,alcohol, smoking and rest. If you notice blood in stool, fever, or crampy abdominal pain you should visit hospital. Wish you good health.

Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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