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My friend is a 46 year old female. She's pretty sure she has

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My friend is a 46 year old female. She's pretty sure she has dysentery (she's had it before). She knows she's getting dehydrated, but can't keep anything down, and is still vomiting and still having episodes of diarrhea. She has no insurance, and cannot afford an emergency room visit. She knows she would never be able to keep down pills. What can I do for her?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


First of all, if this lasts more than a day or two you should not be taking responsibility.

She more properly has gastroenteritis.

Most is viral and self limited, and fluid support is essential.

If one can not keep anything down for more than , say, 6 hours , then it becomes dangerous.

The ER, first of all, must treat regardless of her insurance status.

Urgent care is cheaper.

There is frankly not much you as a non doctor can do for her.

There is not much over the counter that helps.

Therefore, err on the side of safety.

If she needs IV fluids, antibiotics, etc...she needs a doctor.

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Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.

I have not seen a response from you, although I answered quite promptly.

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