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I am in India and seem to have contracted a stomach bug - started

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I am in India and seem to have contracted a stomach bug - started about 12 hours ago. I have eaten a limited amount (just had some salty vegetable soup, which I think is good, but was unable to stomach the main course of fish and mashed potato - couldn't even start.) I have been sipping water and no diarrhoea for about three hours.
I have paid for a 90 minute massage session in one hour and wondered if I should attend or lose my money?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
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can you reschedule your massage?

Dr. David :

you should try some Immodium to see if that helps your diarrhea symptoms.

Dr. David :

you need to drink more fluids and gadoade fluids and electrolyte fluids if possible.

Dr. David :

I take it you are worried about needing to have diarrhea during your massage.

Customer : Reschedule is not possible as I leave tomorrow. I am stuck in hotel so no access to Imodium.
Customer : I thought I also just wrote thtat I had read that massage can be good.
Dr. David :

massage can be good to relax your muscles.

Dr. David :

but it most likely won't help your stomach bug or diarrhea symptoms.

Dr. David :

ask the hotel concierge to see where you can buy some immodium or medication for travelers diarrhea.

Dr. David :

I'm sure the concierge will be able to help you

Dr. David :

and ask where you can buy some sports drinks or electrolyte drinks.

Dr. David :

eating foods like bananas can help bind you up so you don't have so much diarrhea as well.

Dr. David :

I hope you are able to have a trip tomorrow.

Dr. David :

try the massage.

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if you don't like it or have urgency for diarrhea during the massage, you can always ask to be excused.

Dr. David :

let me know if you have other questions.

Customer : Hello?
Customer : OK, thank you.
Dr. David :

thanks .

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Sorry, would antibiotics be good or bad as I have been taking for a tooth infection and have some spare.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
taking antibiotics like this is not a good idea

antibiotics can actually kill off good bacteria in your bowels and cause worse diarrhea.

amoxicillin causes bad diarrhea for me.

your diarrhea most likely is viral caused and antibiotics would not help with that.

so I would not take them.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok, thanks.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
you are welcome

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hello, the boy from the hotel has brought back 8 capsules from the pharmacy. The writing is very small but pretty sure it says loperamide hydrochloride 2mg. Please can you advise of the dose?
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
yes, this is Imodium which is loperamide.

you can take one or two pills every 4-6 hours for diarrhea up to 8 a day.

start with one now.

if you get diarrhea again, you can take another one or two pills.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok thanks.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
you are welcome

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