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Alternative Names Diet - traveler's diarrhea; Diarrhea - traveler's - diet Recommendations How to prevent traveler's diarrhea: Water:
Do not use tap water to drink or brush your teeth. Do not use ice made from tap water. Use only boiled water (boiled for at least 5 minutes) for mixing baby formula. For infants, breastfeeding is the best and safest food source. However, the stress of traveling may reduce the amount of milk you make. Other drinks:
Drink only pasteurized milk. Drink bottled drinks if the seal on the bottle hasn't been broken. Sodas and hot drinks are usually safe. Food:
Do not eat raw fruits and vegetables unless you peel them. Do not eat raw leafy vegetables (e.g. lettuce, spinach, cabbage) because they are hard to clean. Do not eat raw or rare meats. Avoid shellfish. Do not buy food from street vendors. Eat hot, well-cooked foods. Heat kills the bacteria. But do not eat hot foods that have been sitting around for a long time. Sanitation:
Wash hands often. Watch children carefull...
Normal Values No antibodies to campylobacter are present. Note: Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results. What abnormal results mean An abnormal result means that antibodies against campylobacter have been detected. This means you have been exposed to the bacteria. Tests are often repeated during the course of an illness to detect a rise in antibody levels. This rise helps to confirm an active infection. A low level may indicate a previous infection rather than a current disease.
Definition A stool Gram stain is a laboratory test that uses different stains to detect and identify bacteria in a stool sample. The Gram stain method is sometimes used to rapidly diagnose bacterial infections. Alternative Names Gram stain of stool; Feces Gram stain How the test is performed You will need to collect a stool sample. There are many ways to collect a sample. You can catch the stool on plastic wrap that is loosely placed over the toilet bowl and held in place by the toilet seat, and then place the sample in a clean container. (One test kit supplies a special toilet tissue that you use to collect the sample.) Do not take stool samples from the toilet bowl water, because this can cause errors. If you need to collect a sample from a child still in diapers, line the diaper with plastic wrap. Position the plastic wrap so that it keeps the stool from any urine. Mixing of urine and stool can spoil a good sample. Your health care provider will give you instructions on when and how to retu...
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