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Hi I had diarrhoea for a couple of days last week and it seemed

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Hi I had diarrhoea for a couple of days last week and it seemed to clear up but over the weekend have gradually started to feel off colour again and today I have had about 5 bouts of diarrhoea even siping water is causing me diarrhoea is there any advice you can give me many thanks sue
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.

Dr. D.J. :

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Dr. D.J. :
Dr. D.J. :


Hi there,


This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.



Dr. D.J. :

Recurrent bouts of diarrhea can be due to the bacterial infection like salmonella, E coli.



Dr. D.J. :

Viral infection should not last that long.



Dr. D.J. :

Now, you may see lot of mucus in the stool and blood also may be present.



Dr. D.J. :

But this definitely requires a clinical evaluation and antibiotic course ( ciprofloxacin and flagyl) after sending out the stool studies.



Dr. D.J. :

You can continue with lloperamide ( Imodium) tablets to stop the diarrhea but that will not treat the infection.



Dr. D.J. :

Hence, this is a temporary measure till you are able to see your doctor.



Dr. D.J. :

Follow a bland diet --soup, rice, toast, bananas and advance diet as your symptoms settle down.



Dr. D.J. :

Drink plenty of oral rehydration fluid as this is better that plain water for proper rehydration and avoid kidney failure from severe dehydration.



Dr. D.J. :

Best wishes,


Customer:

Lastly can I go to work or stay at home I know at the moment I'm in and out of bathroom

Dr. D.J. :

It is better to stay at home.

Dr. D.J. :

Rest and fluids will help a lot.

Dr. D.J. :

Also this will prevent any transmission of infection to others at work .

Customer:

How long do you think so I can give them a rough idea as Ithey will need to get cover

Dr. D.J. :

Usually 2-3 days.

Dr. D.J. :

I will suggest you to start antibiotic by today if possible from your GP.

Customer:

Ok thank you very much

Dr. D.J. :

very welcome

Dr. D.J. :

It was my pleasure to help you today.
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Dr. D.J. :

Get well soon

Customer:

Thank you

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