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Saturday, I visited my boyfriend at his house. After we ate dinner, he was stuck in the bathroom with diarreah; it turns out his sister had had a GI bug just the day previously (I spent most of my time there near him and his sister). Sunday, I was fine, but yesterday I started feeling really ill with nausea, stomach cramps, abdominal pain, chills, bloating, and body aches (but no diarreah). I'm still feeling the exact same today, still with no diarreah. Could I have caught the same bug that my boyfriend and his sister had? Or something else? What can I do to feel better faster?
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Hello, Welcome to just answer.

In view of your symptoms you are probably having early gastroenteritis. Usually cause is either viral or bacterial. Generally transmission among people in close contact is seen.These infections are generally self limiting. Usually if there is diarrhea treatment is directed towards maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance only.

Oral loperamide (Imodium) may help reducing intestinal motility and give symptomatic relief from stomach cramps and bloating and even diarrhea if it starts. Oral antiemetic (Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate) can help controlling nausea and vomiting. And if symptoms persist a stool culture and course of antibiotics may be considered.

Maintaining hydration and electrolyte balance with increased oral fluid intake and some salt may be needed if you start experiencing diarrhea. You can take Ready-mixed rehydration sachets (eg Dioralyte, Rehidrat)

Please ask if there are any further questions.

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