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My husband has just been discharged from hospital with a

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My husband has just been discharged from hospital with a diagnosis of compylobacter. He has had no interventions. He continues to pass very looses stools but is keeping small meals down. He feels he is going backwards due to the diahorrea getting more frequent again and wonders if he is "feeding" the bacteria?
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 months ago.

Hello I'm Dr Chip

So there was no antibiotic treatment given for this?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No consultant said it would not work
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 months ago.

OK

And what exactly is the question about feeding the bacteria?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
No
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Should he continue to eat or just take fluids until symptoms ease
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 months ago.

OK--yes he definitely needs to eat and also to take in a lot of electrolyte-rich fluids like juices and GatorAde to keep up with the fluid and potassium loss he's having from the diarrhea

It is true that antibiotics aren't usually effective for this but it should run it's course in another week.

Please let me know if you need any more information

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