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I have the chills and diarrhea and i get light headed. this started yesterday. what can i do?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Viral Illness: this is likely a viral illness or perhaps food poisoning, a mild case. The most important thing to do is keep hydrated. Drink lots of fluids, so that you are urinating frequently. This will help the lightheaded feeling. Bananas, rice, applesauce and toast will help firm up your stools. If you can't keep up with your fluids, you become more dizzy or you start vomiting be seen.
Dr. Roy Arnold
Internal Medicine 47 years experience
GI virus: Maintain good hydration with intake of water, tea, jello or clear soup. Use Peptobismol or kaopectate for diarrhea. Take tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for fever. As diarrhea subsides, add soft foods first - Bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. If no improvement in 2-3 days seek medical attention. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!

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