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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for bacterial dysentery?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for bacterial dysentery?

Yes: Pepto bismal and oral hydration (drinking fluids) can be used but an antibiotic is more effective. ...Read more

Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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Are there any effective over-the-counter medications to stop diarrhea and vomiting associated with gastroenteritis?

Are there any effective over-the-counter medications to stop diarrhea and vomiting associated with gastroenteritis?

Yes: Imodium (loperamide) a-d is available. Never use in children unless directed by your doctor (hardly any pediatrician will recommend). In older kids (over 12) and adults use cautiously only if diarrhea is watery, with no fever or abdominal pain and is causing dehydration (excessive loss of fluids) and you are not being able to drink enough back up. ...Read more

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Non-specific colitis in child from gastroenteritis. How long does it take? Treatment or not?

Non-specific colitis in child from gastroenteritis. How long does it take? Treatment or not?

Gastroenteritis: Most likely, this is a viral gastroenteritis,
a virus that affects the gastrointestinal tract.
The treatment is BRAT diet- no milk products,
bananas, rice, apple sauce, and toast.
Crystal light and water to drink and stay hydrated.
If vomiting, diarrhea or bloody stools and recent travel
outside US occurs, contact Pedi MD thru health tap.
Welcome, Dr. Ivy Fisher, on staff. ...Read more

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What're the causes and treatment for viral gastroenteritis?

What're the causes and treatment for viral gastroenteritis?

Symptomatic: Hydration and symptom control with drugs that treat nausea and/or diarrhea. ...Read more

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What is the probiotic therapy in treatment of rota-virus gastroenteritis?

What is the probiotic therapy in treatment of rota-virus gastroenteritis?

Bifidobacter: A study done on 75 people in istanbul compared sacromyces boulardii and bifidobacter against nothing in children who got rotavirus. Both sacro b and bifidobacter helped improve more than nothing. So probably any probiotic would be better than nothing. ...Read more

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Can bacterial/acute gastroenteritis be transmitted to my girlfriend if I kiss her? I'm currently in the last stages of my treatment.

Can bacterial/acute gastroenteritis be transmitted to my girlfriend if I kiss her? I'm currently in the last stages of my treatment.

Difficult to tell: Bacterial gastroenteritis is an unusual disease in the usa. Far more likely viral. Either way, kissing would be an unusual means of transmission and would depend on so many variable factors that it would be very tough to determine the risks without knowing exactly what you had. ...Read more

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I have bacterial gastroenteritis. Final stages of treatment. It's been a week. How long do I have to wait before I can kiss my girlfriend?

Till GE is gone: Wait till the gastroenteritis is completely resolved and continue to wash your hands and take precautions such as not sharing food or food utensils. ...Read more

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I have had 7 infections so far this year, most viral like cold and gastroenteritis. I never need treatment. But I'm concerned I have immune problem?!

I have had 7 infections so far this year, most viral like cold and gastroenteritis. I never need treatment. But I'm concerned I have immune problem?!

Immunodeficiency: If you have had infections which resolved spontaneously it would be very improbable that they are due to some defect in immune function. Generally these would seldom resolve if your immune system was at fault. If you are concerned about HIV disease the best thing to do would be to go and be tested. If this is somatization and anxiety a therapist might be helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am 21 year old male and get 8-10 infections a year like common cold, gastroenteritis. It always goes without treatment. Should I be concerned though?

No: Doesn't sound concerning, if they are common viral infections that resolve on their own. The average person gets an illness every 6 to 8 weeks. .. at least the younger ones do. ...Read more

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If 23 year old male got 20 viral infections in 1 year. Cold, gastroenteritis, sinusitis. All resolve without treatment, is it concern though?

If 23 year old male got 20 viral infections in 1 year. Cold, gastroenteritis, sinusitis. All resolve without treatment, is it concern though?

Immunodeficiency: On average, a person can get 5 or 6 colds and coughs per year. You're reporting 3 times that amount, so I suspect something is wrong. Chronic stress will weaken the immune system as will lack of sleep--but I think u need a formal evaluation to make sure there's nothing else seriously wrong. Obviously paying attention to hygiene should help- try hand washing frequently, avoid handshakes etc. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with gastroenteritis & was given metronidazole & cipro, (ciprofloxacin)I'm getting itchy all over, I have been taking them for 3 days, I still need treatment?

Diagnosed with gastroenteritis & was given metronidazole & cipro, (ciprofloxacin)I'm getting itchy all over, I have been taking them for 3 days, I still need treatment?

Call doctor: This is just the right time for drug allergy to develop. I suspect that Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is the more likely culprit. Stop the abx immediately and call your doctor for an alternate medication (s). ...Read more

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What is more effective in PREVENTMENT/treatment of nausea and vomiting due to viral gastroenteritis? Metoclopramide or Zofran (ondansetron)?

What is more effective in PREVENTMENT/treatment of nausea and vomiting due to viral gastroenteritis? Metoclopramide or Zofran (ondansetron)?

Nausea~: Hello~ Zofran is reserved for severe nausea that accompanies chemotherapy, so I would use something safer and first line like Compazine (prochlorperazine), (prochlorperazine) which would work better than metaclopamide, but metaclopamide can be used in mild cases. You will need to ask your doc for a script for Compazine (prochlorperazine). thanks ...Read more

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Stomach flu treatment?

Gastroenteritis: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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My daughter has the stomach flu and after 24 hours is still experiencing stomach pain. What non medical treatment can I give her?

Stomach Flu Pain: She may do will with children's tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil or alternately use both of them. If she can keep fluids down please don't forget to keep her well hydrated. If she gets a fever and has stomach pain she needs to be seen urgently. ...Read more

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I have diarrhea and nausea. The only thing that helps the stomach pain is counter pressure. Could this be stomach flu or something more?

I have diarrhea and nausea. The only thing that helps the stomach pain is counter pressure. Could this be stomach flu or something more?

Counter pressure?: Not really! OTC Imodium (loperamide) for diarrrhea and folloe a clear fluid diet for 48 hours as follows:
NO SOLID FOODS FOR 48 HOURS
Force fluids: 8-10 glasses/day:
Electrolyte rich fluids- Gatorade, Powerade, Vitamin Water
Protein rich fluids: broth bullion, consume.
AVOID ALL CITRUS JUICES: orange, grapefruit, pineapple, cranberry etc. ...Read more

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Have had stomach flu for 5 days. No vomiting but everything else. Should I take PPI to counter BAD heartburn or is acid needed to fight infection?

Have had stomach flu for 5 days. No vomiting but everything else. Should I take PPI to counter BAD heartburn or is acid needed to fight infection?

PPI's take: To long to be effective. Try taking OTC H-2 Blocker (eg PEPCID (famotidine) AC) plus a liquid antacid but AVOID MAGNESIUM (eg Maalox) this may cause diarrhea!


Hope this helps
BTW Acid does NOT fight the infection! ...Read more

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Are there new treatments for viral gastroenteritis in adults?

Agree w Dr. Raff: Hydrate. Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. No fancy new treatments. ...Read more

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How does oral rehydration therapy help recovering after gastroenteritis?

How does oral rehydration therapy help recovering after gastroenteritis?

Replenish electrolyt: Gastroenteritis causes electrolytes especially sodium and potassium loss. Oral rehydration with tablets or powder replenishes these lost electrolytes in addition to water. ...Read more

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I'm a teenager & I traveled extensively throughout the world. The past 6 months I've had a rash. Over the counter treatment doesn't work. What now?

I'm a teenager & I traveled extensively throughout the world. The past 6 months I've had a rash. Over the counter treatment doesn't work. What now?

Rash: Rashes are very difficult to diagnose without some visuals, at least in pictures if not in person. I would recommend seeing a dermatologist. Alternatively, you can try Healthtap Prime and upload some photos. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for trichomanosis?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for trichomanosis?

No - See a Doctor: No, you need Flagel Pills for the most effective treatment. See your Doctor or the Health Department - you should have a full STD screening if you have been exposed to any STD. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for sciatica?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for sciatica?

See knowlegable Dr: See dr who can determine if it is sciatica or fibromyalgia. The latter seems more common. ...Read more

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What's an over-the-counter treatment for gardnerella?

What's an over-the-counter treatment for gardnerella?

No good otc: Gardnerella or bacterial vaginosis is a common vaginal infection cause by over growth of a bad bacteria or death of good bacterial. It can be affected by spermicide, doucheiing (don't do this!), overenthusiastic cleaning or bad luck. It is easilly treated with oral medication or vaginal suppositories prescribed by a doctor but I would not recommend treating it yourself. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for urticaria?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for urticaria?

Antihistamines: Avoiding what you believe to be causing the urticaria (hives) is the best treatment, but sometimes not easily done. Antihistamines can also help greatly, and are available over the counter. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for chronic pain?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for chronic pain?

Chronic pain remedy: Chronic pain is best treated using pain management therapies from a pain specialist as well as engaging in alternative therapies such as yoga or tai chi to help with balance, stretching, feldenkrais, physical therapy, high doses of fish oil, arnica, and eating an anti inflammatory diet. Regular acupuncture and massage can help as well. ...Read more

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Over the counter treatment for trichy? Without a prescription.

Over the counter treatment for trichy? Without a prescription.

Trichomoniasis (?): If you are asking about treatment for trichomoniasis (commonly known as: Trich), a common sexually transmitted disease (STD), there is no over-the-counter treatment available. Trich requires treatment with a specific antibiotic, metronidazole (Flagyl). It is the only drug that should be used to treat trichomoniasis. If you think you may have trich, you should be tested and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for bacterial viaginosis?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for bacterial viaginosis?

No: But after good treatment, the best treatment is excellent hygiene and use of just-in-case small doses of the antibiotic cream used to treat it in the first place...After sex and after a loose bm. The acid level of semen encourages the bacteria to grow, and a source of the infection van be a loose bm hard to get clean from. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for vascular insufficiency?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for vascular insufficiency?

No: How do know you have vascular insufficiency, must seen a doctor, he will advise on the best treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more