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Last week, I got food poisoning. I had a fever, chills, vomiting, and diarrhea. The first three last 24 hours and now, 9 days later, I still have diarrhea.

My current ailment got me wondering about vegan pro-biotics. In the past when I had mild cases of diarrhea or an upset stomach and before I knew better, I would eat pro-biotic yogurt and that seemed to help. Are there any pro-biotic vegan alternatives? I've never heard of them.
 

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I think 9 days of diarrhea needs the emergency room of a hospital, not pro-biotics. Have you been to the ER?
I'm in a 3rd world country and am wary of going to a doctor here. :\\

I also am not suggesting that I would treat my present condition (given the severity) with probiotics, though I can see where I implied that above. I normally would use them for mild cases and upset tummies, so I was wondering if there was a vegan alternative.
 

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Also drink lots of water, you're likely dehydrated.
Check! I'm keeping an eye out for severe signs of dehydration and rehydrating like crazy. I also have Oral Rehydration Therapy packets in case I need them.

And, huzzah, I have just found a bottle of antibiotics in this emergency package I bought from the doctor's office where I got my immunizations! It says it should kill most infections within 2 doses over 24 hours, so I hope this solves my problem. If not, I guess I'll have no choice but to go to the doctor here.
 

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Check! I'm keeping an eye out for severe signs of dehydration and rehydrating like crazy. I also have Oral Rehydration Therapy packets in case I need them.

And, huzzah, I have just found a bottle of antibiotics in this emergency package I bought from the doctor's office where I got my immunizations! It says it should kill most infections within 2 doses over 24 hours, so I hope this solves my problem. If not, I guess I'll have no choice but to go to the doctor here.
Antibiotics may kill the bug that's causing you problems, but certainly won't help with the GI symptoms! In fact, it could make them worse.
 

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Antibiotics may kill the bug that's causing you problems, but certainly won't help with the GI symptoms! In fact, it could make them worse.
I would hope that the reason I haven't gotten better is because of the infection. If it gets worse but then stops after a couple of days, I'll manage. I'm hoping if I get rid of the bug, the GI problems will self-resolve.
 

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I would hope that the reason I haven't gotten better is because of the infection. If it gets worse but then stops after a couple of days, I'll manage. I'm hoping if I get rid of the bug, the GI problems will self-resolve.
I just want to add this: antibiotics should be administered by a doctor. In a best case scenario you lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria and in a worst case scenario you get even sicker. Only a doctor should give you a treatment because you have to know the type of bacteria (if this is even the case) so you could know what kind of antibiotics to use, when, how and for how long. Using the wrong type could have other effects. Some type of bacteria lead to the accumulation of toxins in your blood, when they die, for example, and that leads to nasty stuff. Sometimes symptoms are very similar for different diseases. Go visit a doctor, even in 3rd world countries they have great med schools.

English is not my first language so I'm sorry if something is misspelled!
 

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be careful incase it is a virus and not of bacterial origin


as for the tummy I was given charcoal tablets from my mother in law - I think that is vegan. you just dissolve it in water and drink it. It is gross but it works.

Is any type of Acidophilus tablet vegan?
 

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Glad you are feeling better! FYI: I googled vegan probiotics and many options popped up. Pills, fruit drinks, etc. It looks like there are many options but whether they are available in stores remains to be seen.
 
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