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viral vs bacterial gastroenteritis

A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience in Pediatrics
Gastroenteritis: If you have a stool culture after 10-14 days of therapy and it is negative you will be considered non contagious.

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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Fried
35 years experience in General Practice
Till GE is gone: Wait till the gastroenteritis is completely resolved and continue to wash your hands and take precautions such as not sharing food or food utensils.
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Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Yes in adults: Ciprofloxacin is infrequently used in bacterial gastroenteritis. Soft tissue damage. E.G., tendon rupture, has been reported especially when used in c ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. R Lee Hinson
37 years experience in Dentistry
Not a concern: In general. You probably will not want to be around others too much anyway feeling like you do. Be aggressive seeing your GI doc and treating the issu ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Unlikely: I often tell patients that women's holes are close together and it is easy to get cross contamination. Take a bath and that should help with the diarr ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Stanton
17 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Depends: It all depends on the bug, the severity of infection, and the person that gets infected. Severity can't be determined by virus vs. Bacteria. It is all ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Harold Mandel
39 years experience in General Practice
Acute: : Acute bacterial gastroenteritis lasts 14 days or fewer than 14 days. It is essential to rest & drink plenty of fluids with this condition. Antibio ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Depends on person: Some people react differently to sickness. When she feels the wave of discomfort and know vomiting/dry heaves may be next, she could get fearful of t ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience in Family Medicine
Anyone: Viral gastroenteritis is a common cause of diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. This is also known as "the stomach flu.".
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