I have diarrhea, stomachache, and cough after a trip. Please suggest a cure.

Q. I have diarrhea, stomachache, and cough after a trip. Please suggest a cure.

Answered by
Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 21, 2018 and last reviewed on: Jul 05, 2023

Hello doctor,

From a few days, I have been experiencing a strong stomach ache. The pain was mild but now it kind of hurts even when I am moving. It is not super painful but I am concerned because I also started having diarrhea since yesterday evening. The whole stomach aches when I cough. I do not have much cough but since I came back from a trip a few weeks ago I start coughing in the evening. It is not a frequent cough but let us say every 10 to 15 minutes. At the moment, I do not feel appetite and I have a headache as well.



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Most probably you have traveler's diarrhea caused by bacteria called Escherichia coli.

I suggest

Ciprofloxacin 500 mg tablet twice for one week (after consulting your treating physician).

Drink plenty of fluids.

Imodium 4 mg after each diarrhea (not to exceed three tablets).

Consult your specialist doctor discuss with him or her and start taking the medicines with their consent.

Regarding coughing, is there any phlegm? If yes, color?

We should exclude TB (tuberculosis) as the country you visited is endemic to TB.

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