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I have had diarrhea since returning from a trip to mexico on

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I have had diarrhea since returning from a trip to mexico on september 20 2011.going on 5 weeks what should I do. I am in remission from lymphoma stage 4, could this have anything to do with cancer?thank you diane
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 5 years ago.

mysticdoc :

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mysticdoc :

Hello,

mysticdoc :

Thanks for your question.

mysticdoc :

Travelo to Mexico raises the concern for bacterial or parasitic infection of the intestine.

mysticdoc :

Since you have history of lymphoma you are at increased risk of intestinal parasitic infection due to the compromised immunity.

mysticdoc :

Your stool should be tested for the ova and the parasites, giardia antigen, and also c difficile toxins.

mysticdoc :

You should see your doctor or a gastroenterologist for c;linical evaluation.

mysticdoc :

Antibiotic course will be required with cipro and metronidazole.

mysticdoc :

This does not seem to be cancer related at this stage.

mysticdoc :

But colonoscopy may be required if stool studies come out normal to consider that possibility.

mysticdoc :

Best wishes,

mysticdoc :

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