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if my roommate possibly has gastroenteritis and threw up in our bathroom can i shower without getting sick

A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Knox
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Dirty Shower: Ok to shower, but dont' drink the drain water. Gastroenteritis is most commonly transferred by ingesting the virus in fluids. Casual contact in the sh ... Read More
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Do good handwashing: Gastro is generally passed by the oral secretions of the infected person. The germ can live for hours on door knobs or other surfaces they touch after ... Read More

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Yes: Toilet seat should be cleaned with antiseptic. Remember to wash hand thoroughly. Use your sleeve or piece of paper for inner door handle, the last per ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
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Most are air borne : however, you can be exposed by touching infected material, clothing etc or being in a room where he sneezed, coughed or expectorated.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Scholand
22 years experience Infectious Disease
Symptom duration: Well there are quite a number of variables here-such as 'what virus', 'you' the patient, your condition 'before you got sick' etc. So it's hard to giv ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: The term stomach flu is a collection of illnesses not a single germ. A variety of adenoviruses & enteroviruses can attack areas of the digestive trac ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Whether you vomit or not has nothing to due with developing resistance to this infection and clearing it from your body.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Gastroenteritis: may have left your GI tract irritated or thrown off your natural probiotics. That is why a gentle and bland diet is recommended as a transition. Howe ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ivy Fisher
43 years experience Pediatrics
Stomach flu: Usually that course is a week to 2 weeks range. Good hand washing and avoidance of intimacy x 1 week is recommended to avoid contagion.
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Do submit a question: You have no question submitted here, but just a statement. A question is something you are wondering about and would like an answer to. Submit a quest ... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Fronzaglia ii, do, ms
20 years experience Geriatrics
No: Vomiting does not resolve a viral illness any faster however, it may make you feel better and resolve the associated nausea. I do not recommend induci ... Read More

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