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What is the difference between travelers diarrhea n diarrhea?

What is the difference between travelers diarrhea n diarrhea?

Travellers dirrhea: Travellers diarrhea is caused when you are travlling to countries where the water supply is contaminated with e coli, and if you drink water which is not boiled you may get diarrhea, thats the most common cause of travllers diarrhea, but other bacteria as well as e coli, shigela, salmonella , giardia and ameba from contaminated food can cause it.Dirrhea here is mosly caused by viruses rarely others. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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How long does travelers diarrhea last and how do I treat it?

How long does travelers diarrhea last and how do I treat it?

See answer: It usually lasts 1-5 days, but in 10-15% of patients it can last a week or more. In 2% of patients it can last a month.Antibiotics are indicated for more severe cases : more than 4 loose stools /day, if febrile or if blood or mucus is in stool. Milder cases may not need antibiotics. Imodium (loperamide) should be used to stop the diarrhea unless the patient is febrile or blood/mucus in stool. ...Read more

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Treating Diarrhea (Checklist)

Stay well hydrated
Daily
Try a constipating diet
Daily
Try BRAT diet (banana, rice, applesauce, and toast)
Daily
See a GI doctor (gastrointestinal specialist)
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What's the most common cause of traveler's diarrhea?

E. coli, rotavirus: Enterotoxigenic e. Coli is probably the most common bacterial cause, the rotavirus family is probably the most common viral cause and g. Lamblia is probably the most common parasitic cause. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have traveler's diarrhea?

What does it mean if I have traveler's diarrhea?

Diarrhea on a trip: Traveler's diarrhea can be cause by a variety of organisms including bacteria, viruses and parasites. Symptoms include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and abdominal discomfort. Most cases of traveler's diarrhea can effectively be self-treated with Imodium (loperamide) and fluids. Antibiotics may be prescribed. High fever and bloody stools may indicate a more serious infection and the need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Had travelers diarrhea 2 months ago. Treated with ciprofloxacin. Still have a hard bloated stomach and don't feel my movements are back to normal.?

Had travelers diarrhea 2 months ago. Treated with ciprofloxacin. Still have a hard bloated stomach and don't feel  my movements are back to normal.?

Need to see your MD: Need tests every travelrs diarrhea is not due to bacteria , it could be due to parasites , amoeba , etc. You need stool cultures & analysis. Also depends where did you go, some diseases are location specific.Due to prevalence. ...Read more

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How come I had some pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and travelers diarrhea but its not helping?

Mechanical action: Peptobismol is not a cure for travelers diarrhea (which may be produced by several different microorganisms and sometimes requires antibiotic treatment unless spontaneously resolves), but it provides some degree of symptomatic relief, the degree of effectiveness dependent upon the underlying disease. ...Read more

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How to get rid of travelers diarrhea?

How to get rid of travelers diarrhea?

Stop traveling. : Seriously though, it relates to micro flora change in the water. Or something more serious. Anti diarrheal agents - lomitil, Imodium (loperamide) - don't help in these circumstances. Be cautious about your water sources. But also ice, salads etc. If more than 'traveler's' and you're remote, plan ahead: 3 days cipri cures most... ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more