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I can appreciate your concerns regarding this issue.
This is likely to be an episode of viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu). Viral gastroenteritis presents with vomiting and/or diarrhoea, although there may be diarrhoea alone. This is often preceded by headaches, fever and flu like symptoms.
Viral gastroenteritis can usually be treated at home, but it is recommended that if there is bloody diarrhea this should be seen to by a doctor. Medical consultation is also recommended for any temperature above 38.8
Hence you should talk to your GP about this.
Supportive treatment that you can do at home till you see your GP are:
Plenty of fluids- you should take water, fruit juices, electrolyte fluids like Gatorade..
Bland diet: the BRATTY diet - banana, soft rice, apple sauce, toast, tea and yoghurt is recommended.
Small frequent meals every two hours.
You can take the following OTC medicines:
Loperamide (one brand name: Imodium): This is for diarrhoea if it is severe. the dosage is 2 caplets after the first loose stool, then 1 caplet after each loose stool that follows. Take no more than 4 caplets or 8 teaspoonfuls in 24 hours
Bismuth subsalicylate (brand names: Kaopectate, Pepto-Bismol): This is for vomiting if it is severe. The usual dose is 2 tablespoonfuls every half-hour to one hour if needed. You should not take more than 16 tablespoonfuls of the regular-strength suspension or 8 tablespoonfuls of the concentrate in twenty-four hours
You may be having some acid reflux along with this, you should also take Tab. Zantac 150 mg once daily for this. The bismuth will also help, or you can take Mucaine gel antacid 2-3 tsf thrice daily
If abdominal cramping is very severe, you may need to take antispasmodics for abdominal cramps, these include drugs like Antispas, Antispasmodic, Barbidonna, etc.Antispasmodics are perscription drugs, and you have to approach a doctor for this.
At the same time, you should report this to your doctor.
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