How can I treat Delhi belly?
Mild infections caused by viruses or weaker bacterial strains can usually be managed using oral rehydration sachets, good hygiene and a bland diet until symptoms resolve. More severe infections where severe vomiting, diarrhoea or dehydration with or without fever occurs may require hospital admission for IV fluids and antibiotics.
Cholera and amoebic dysentery will require hospital rehydration and specialist management, but these are rare.
So that's it, the infamous Delhi belly is nothing more than a tummy bug. Most are mild and treated with fluids and oral rehydration sachets. Simple hygiene and sensible eating
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Dr Ben Janaway MBChB is a 27-year-old doctor and healthcare communicator. His interests include Neuroscience, healthcare ethics and public health. He regularly contributes to online health sources. Follow Ben on Facebook or @drjanaway on twitter
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