Suffering from food poisoning after food poisoning

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I am again in sickness and mysery for the 10th time since the monsoon has started. It all started in Chattisgarh. I caught a nasty bacteria and it did not go away. After some days it went. But after eating something wrong in Rural chattisgarh It all came back and lasted again for a week. When I was in Hyderabad i wanted it to stop so I went to a hospital. I got some prescription and after 2 days it worked. But 3 days later it came back. I tried special Ayurvedic medicines. It worked emmediately, but 2 days later it came back and the same medicines donot work anymore

I guess i catch every time a different bug in my stomack instead that it is one bug what does not want to go away. But i'm not sure. This time it caught me real hard in Sri sailam. I guess all the food in the restaurants is dog food there which is very polluted. Someone told me that even bottled water here is polluted as the sellers are filling it with tabwater and fake the seal

I changed my decision and I'm planning to go back to Norht India. as south india during monsoon time is just too much for me.
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Dear Darwish,
I am sorry that you are suffering from food poisoning repeatedly. South India is no different from North. I suggest you only buy good brands in bottled water and that also from big cities and carry with you when you go to rural areas. Dont eat any fruit that you cannot peel. Specially avoid milk products.
And as a physician, I can adwise ytou to take a complete 5 day course of medicines. I would prescribe for you

--Tab NORFLOX TZ 1 TAB TWICE A DAY X 5 DAYS.

Geberally , in India you can by medicines from a chemist shop even when you dont have a prescription.
Dr.C.M.Malik
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Don't take Norflox if you are allergic to fluoroquinalones (like Ciproflox, Floxin, etc.). I took Norflox and landed IN hospital with a nasty allergic reaction.

I imagine at this point what you need is an accurate diagnosis. Don't take any more meds until you know what you're being treated for. Your current course of treatment is clearly not working. You should see a doc and have samples taken (I'm guessing stool and blood samples) and find out what it is. You never know, it could even be parasitic worms or something and then you'll have to take the right meds to rid yourself of it. That's my recommendation, at least. Best of luck.
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Thanks Moon. Actually I started the Norflox already. Hmm twice a day 5 days long. I'll do that. The hospital in Hyderabad recommended me 3 days only. This time I'll do 5 days.

Just one thing: in Norht India i can drink tab water eat of the most dirty food stands and I don't get sick, but in south india I get sick emmediately. Guess there should be a difference
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One of the problems with medical care while travelling is that there is no continuity.. doctors tend to either start from scratch whenever you go to them, or you end up taking too many different medicines which confuse the system and the symptoms.

If possible, try to get some continuity in medical treatment from one good doctor.
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Tapestry, maybe you are right as well. I think I'll do a sinthese between your 2 advices. I go on this medication upto 5 days. if it does not work. I'll go to the hospital and get samples. The ideas of having parasitic worms scares me though. BRRR
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I think I'll do a sinthese between your 2 advices. I go on this medication upto 5 days. if it does not work. I'll go to the hospital and get samples.
That sounds like a reasonable course of action.

And, agreed, the thought of worms is totally nasty. It could even just be other kinds of little stomach parasites, and then those would need to be treated appropriately as well. Or it could just be a stomach bug (viral or bacterial). But better to know what it is exactly. Also, I find that in India I get quite sick after I take anti-biotics because I don't have the right bacteria to fight off the normal contaminants. So that might be happening with you as well. Only some good old lab tests can sort this all out for good.
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I suggest Norflox TZ that also contains Tinidazole which is effective agaibst anaerobic bacteria like entamoeba which are most common in recurring stomach ailments.
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on me these Notaxin tablets have a real good working in general. Guess all body types are different.
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Not being a doc, but if the antibiotics you are taking seem to cure it, but it comes back, then you are either not taking a large enough dose, or not taking them for long enough to get the thing out of your system (at least 2 or 3 days after the symptos die down).

Both Southern and Northern India are enormous, and I am sure there are taps in both that would make me very ill indeed. I certainly would not drink the water from my own house tap! Although, in the last house, 15Km away, where it was city-treated water, we used to cook and make tea with it.

I have no idea about your location, but would be surprised if a half-decent restaurant could not be found.

But... bw where you are comfortable, of course. It certainly sounds like no fun being where you are now.

I think the others have given best advice re diagnosis etc.

Hoping that you get well soon...
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I am a Doc, a family physician with 31 years experience and I get 4-5 patients daily having the same problems as you. And I said that just to authenticate what i am going to say next. Please take a full course. half measures not only cause recurrence, they also increase the resistance level of the bacteria to the antibiotics so the same antibiotics dont work next time.
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Moon, doctors here seem to have very different ideas about what constitutes a "full course" I find. I've seen people told to buy three tablets; one day course!
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In India, there are 100 Crore Docs!!!!!!!!!!
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Good grief, there can't be many people who can afford to pay their doctor that much!

Nicely put rebuke for generalisation; point taken
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Originally Posted by Moon View Post Dear Darwish,
I am sorry that you are suffering from food poisoning repeatedly. South India is no different from North. I suggest you only buy good brands in bottled water and that also from big cities and carry with you when you go to rural areas. Dont eat any fruit that you cannot peel. Specially avoid milk products.
And as a physician, I can adwise ytou to take a complete 5 day course of medicines. I would prescribe for you

--Tab NORFLOX TZ 1 TAB TWICE A DAY X 5 DAYS.

Geberally , in India you can by medicines from a chemist shop even when you dont have a prescription.
Dr.C.M.Malik
Hi Moon,

I was told once by a chemist in Goa not to take anything to stop diarrhoea as this will prolong the agony and keep the bug in your system. Is this true or is it nonsense?

Kind Regards,
Remy
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