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I need advice ASAP please! My 22 year odl daughter is staying in a hostel located on a fairly isolated island off the coast of Chile, and is experiencing severe back pain, pain on urinating, and other symptoms of a UTI. Apparently this has been going on for several days but she was just trying to deal with it so as not to interrupt her trip. Her friend took her to a pharmacist tonight who gave her Nitrofurantoin which I believe is a UTI antiobiotic, and cranberry pills. She recently has had a lot of trouble with yeast infections and other gynecological problems and is just getting over that as far as I know. My question is - do you think I should try to find a way to get her back to the closest major city, Santiago, right away? The only flight out is apparently not until Saturday morning. When my son had a serious illness in China, the American Embassy helped out - do you think it's to the point I should ask for help right away? Thank you so much for your help! As a Mom who is so far away and helpless, I am very worried.
Thanks so much for your speedy reply! So the degree of pain is important? I didn't really get a whole lot of detail on everything before I lost our skype connection. And I don't even know the name of the hostel she is in - sigh. If I can't reach her until tomorrow morning - if the antibiotic HAS helped her by then, would that mean it was just a bladder infection and not as serious as a kidney infection? But if I can reach her tonight, you suggest we should have her flown into Santiago, right? Thanks again!
yeah what did seem strange when I talked to her briefly is that she said she had no fever at all, and her urine and everything seemed normal except for the pain on urinating - but no discoloration, blood, etc.
Oh that makes me feel better I think!! Is there anything she should do to help with healing, etc. besides hydration? I don't know a thing about kidney stones.
OK, thank you so much Dr. Chip!! I really do appreciate how fast you've tried to help me. I'll keep you posted!