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Should i take antiibotics if i do not have any symtoms but

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Should i take antiibotics if i do not have any symtoms but did drink water from the Jordan River in Israel that was bottled for 2 yrs in a plastic bottle
Dr. P Jyoti :

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Customer:

did you read my question?

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hello

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yes

Dr. P Jyoti :

are you having any symptoms now?

Customer:

not yet but is it a good idea to take prophylatic antibiotics?

Dr. P Jyoti :

no there is no need

Customer:

what should i look for

Dr. P Jyoti :

though you are right that it is an unsafe procedure

Dr. P Jyoti :

this still does not call for prophylactic antibiotics

Dr. P Jyoti :

chances are very good that you wont have anything at all

Dr. P Jyoti :

and besides, there is not likely to be any live bacteria after two years, though there may be toxins

Dr. P Jyoti :

the two things to watch out for are vomiting and diarrhea

Dr. P Jyoti :

if you get this, it would be a good idea to see your doctor who may opt for antibiotics

Dr. P Jyoti :

though even then it can usually be managed symptomatically

Dr. P Jyoti :

but prophylactic antibiotics are not at all necessary in this situation

Dr. P Jyoti :

and as i said, chances are very good that you wont get anything at all from this

Dr. P Jyoti :

chances of getting some infection are much more if you were to drink directly from the river

Dr. P Jyoti :

but two years of bottling would greatly reduce any chances of bacteria surviving

Customer:

it has been 8 houirs since ingestation how long is my symptom window

Dr. P Jyoti :

upto three days

Dr. P Jyoti :

but chances of something occurring within 24 hours are the highest

Customer:

thanks....is there anything i should do?

Dr. P Jyoti :

if you clear 24 hours, then chances of developing symptoms are low

Dr. P Jyoti :

but still present upto 3 days

Dr. P Jyoti :

not really

Dr. P Jyoti :

drink a lot of water

Dr. P Jyoti :

pepto bismol can be taken if you have any stomach burning, etc

Dr. P Jyoti :

otherwise not really necessary

Dr. P Jyoti :

just close monitoring and adequate intake of water will be sufficient

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Customer:

Should i get the water tested...or is that overkill.......

Dr. P Jyoti :

no thats not necessary

Dr. P Jyoti :

overkill as you say

Dr. P Jyoti :

dont worry, i am quite confident you wont get anything from this

Customer:

thanks agan have a good night i rated you very High ...

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