Posts Tagged ‘rash’

Amoebic Dysentery is treated by…

Friday, March 13th, 2009

… Metronidazole 400 mg plus Diloxanide Furoate 500 mg, three times per day for ten days. That’s what my doctor said when she called me and told me the stool sample came back positive for Entamoeba histolytica, which had caused Dysentery. Amoebic Dysentery normally presents with these symptoms: “eggy” burps, frequent passage of watery stool, fever and, in some cases, associated vomiting of blood or blood in the stool. (I had a suspicion it might be this, seeing as I, since late December, have regularly experienced all but the blood) What the doctor did NOT mention, was that the most common side effects of Metronidazole are nausea and diarrhea, while Diloxanide presents itchy rashes, excessive intestinal gas and vomiting as it’s most common side effects. Here’s a beautiful picture for you, try to visualize it happening to yourself: Diarrhea + excessive gas = explosive diarrhea.

Brings to mind an old saying… something about frying pans and fire… Oh, well, at least the treatment is not fatal, while dysentery can (and usually will be) fatal if untreated.

Grossed out yet?

No?

Then YOU’RE gross!!! 😀

PS: I found a picture on Flickr which could be a good illustration to this post, but I decided not to post it here… You can look at it if you want, though…

Dentist and doctor

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Things are coming to a conclusion here in Stavanger, I’m leaving in a week…

I started off the day with a visit at the dentist’s. I figured it would be a smart thing to make sure my teeth are intact before heading off, and thankfully they are.

To make matters just a tad more complicated, I got an ugly rash around both eyes a couple of weeks ago. Instead of going away, it’s getting worse, and when I woke up this morning my eyes were caked with yellow puss. I called my doctor and got an appointment this afternoon, so after returning the empty air bottle from Saturday and buying a book I’m planning to take with me to read on the train, (Red Seas Under Red Skies, by Scott Lynch) I headed up to the doctor’s office. He looked rather worried, because my eyes have become inflamed in addition to the rash on both upper and lower eyelid on both eyes, so I got eyedrops that I have to use four times a day, and a cream to use at night, in addition to hydrocortisone to treat the rash twice a day. I also got a new appointment on Friday, to check whether it’s getting better. Hopefully, it’ll clear up real quick…

I had dinner with Hallgeir, and got to borrow his car to go to Ikea and get some moving boxes. They were sold out, but the trip wasn’t a total loss. I went to XXL to cash in on a gift certificate I got from work, and bought myself a dive light. At the same mall there’s a grocery store, so I asked them if they had some empty banana boxes. (They’re really sturdy, and good to pack in) They had dozens of them, and I could just help myself to as many as I wanted, so I filled up the car, and managed to jam in twelve: three in the trunk, six in the back seat and three in the passenger seat.

I’ve already filled 9 boxes with books, and I’ll probably fill two more before I start on the other stuff…