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Question: Giardia, amebic dysentery, and fever advise


 JennyC - Mon Oct 02, 2006 10:48 pm

Hello,
my roommate (f 23)had giardia a little while ago and has amebic dysentery. She has been very sick for the last few weeks and has a difficult time keeping food down. She just returned from Argentina a few months ago. Right now though, she has a cold, a hard time breathing, slight fever and she is concerned because her tongue is white. She doesn’t want to see a doctor yet. She works two jobs and is a full time student -- getting time off is difficult.

She isn’t able to eat without getting sick, the previous doctor said that is from the amebic dysentery, but the medicine they gave her makes it worse and she is nauseous for days so she won’t eat. I am worried and want to help her. Do you have any advise on what foods she might find agreeable and how to help her?
Thanks
JC
 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:20 am

User avatar Hi JennyC,
She may want to contact her physician to see if there is an alternative medication verses the one she is currently prescribed. However, if not, certain medications taken on an empty stomach may make the symptoms of nausea/vomiting etc. even worse. The medication regimen needs to be taken until completed or the infection will not subside. You may want to suggest, at the very least, rather than not eating at all, a full liquid diet, i.e., broths, jello, popsicles, ice cream, etc. at least until symptoms subside.
Sincerely,
Theresa Jones, RN

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