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Experience : 15 Years
United States

Question:

I've had diarrhea most of the afternoon and night with app. 37.6 fever. I think I went to the bathroom over 20 times. Today I feel better, the fever dropped to 36.8 and sometimes 37 and I went to the bathroom 2 times only. I went to the doctor (I'm in Uganda on mission) they did a blood test and stool analysis and told me its a bacterial infection (they didn't assert which bacteria as the test is generic) they prescribed Levoday 500mg 1 tablet per day for 5 days. I avoid taking antibiotics if not absolutely necessary so I wanted to check whether I need to take them, or should I wait a while to see if things are going to be resolved without antibiotics.

Answer:

I am sorry you are suffering with this. It sounds like you are suffering from what we call travelers diarrhea. It is fairly common and sometimes doctors will give you an antibiotic script as well as immodium prior to travel in case you get diarrhea. The main concern is getting dehydrated. Make sure you are taking in plenty of fluids. Since you had the stool tested and know that you have a bacterial infection, I think that it is appropriate to treat you with the antibiotic they gave you, Levoday. I think it will be difficult to get rid of the infection without the treatment.

I hope this helps,

Dr. Cullen

Question:

thanks. I am attaching my lab results herein so that you can see them. I am much better now, have still not taken the antibiotic. Could you look at the lab results and let me know what you think?

Answer:

Hi again,

I am sorry but I can't seem to find the lab results. I am glad you are feeling better. I am not sure when you will be back home, but it would be a good idea to see your personal doctor and perhaps be retested to be on the safe side. I cannot recommend either way regarding the antibiotics as I do not see the lab tests.

Take care,
Dr. Cullen