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I have just returned from a trip to Malaysia and upon return

Hi, I have just returned from...
Hi,
I have just returned from a trip to Malaysia and upon return home have developed diarrhoea.
I've had it for about 2 days, and vomited once. I am going to the toilet every 30minutes - 1 hour. It is just water coming out now.
I have let it run its course for a while and have now taken gastro stop (loperamide). However, I am still going to the toilet.
My Dr prescribed me 2x 500mg Azithromycin tablets prior to travel in case of bad diarrhoea. I have not taken them yet, and dont know if I should or not, because I don't know if the diarrhoea is bacterial or viral.
I have a normal temperature. I am able to eat food, but am only having soup etc.
Do you think I should take the azithromycin? or should I just wait it out? I am not sure if I need to seek medical attention because I have been travelling.
How much longer can I expect this to last?
Thank you.
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is it on the decreasing trend?

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do you have any stomach cramps?

Customer:

It has remained fairly constant. Yes, I do have stomach cramps that come and go occasionally.

Dr. P Jyoti :

This is likely to be an episode of viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu).

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Viral gastroenteritis presents with vomiting and/or diarrhoea, although there may be diarrhoea alone.

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the azithromycin will probably not be helpful in this

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best is to wait this out with adequate care

Customer:

OK.

Dr. P Jyoti :

Treatment for this is mainly supportive:

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Rest.

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Plenty of fluids- you should take water, fruit juices, electrolyte fluids like Gatorade..

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Bland diet: the BRATTY diet - banana, soft rice, apple sauce, toast, tea and yoghurt is recommended.

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Small meals.

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continue with the loperamide for the diarrnea

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You will need to report to the doctor if your diarrhea is so severe you get dehydrated, or you pass blood in vomit or stools.

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Viral gastroenteritis usually resolves spontaneously. You will also need to see your doctor if it persists for more than 5 days.

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also go to the doctor for any severe symptoms like excessive cramping, or increase in frequency, etc

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do be careful to take enough fluids and watch out carefully for dehydration

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your urine should remain watery and not turn dark yellow - that is a good way to check if you are getting enough hydration

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generally with these steps and precautions it will be safe to wait this out at home

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Thank you for your advice.

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I will wait and see if it resolves.

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Hope this shows you the way forward - wish you good health and a quick recovery.

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