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A 22-year-old female asked:

husband has a 24 hour stomach bug. can i catch it if he breathes on me, hours after his last vomit, but i smell vomit on his breath? how to avoid it

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Gastroenteritis: Without knowing exactly what has caused your husband's symptoms it is difficult to advise. Would not kiss him, not come in contact with his secretions from any end of his GI tract and try to stay reasonably far away. Not easy, but could be of many sources.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Gastroenteritis: does not have airborne transmission but intimate contact (or maybe droplets) could spread it.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Do you have to throw up to get over a stomach bug or just wait it out?

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Dont have 2 vomit: Not all stomach bugs result in vomiting. Viral causes will run through your digestive tract and dont require antibiotics. You should keep up with fluid losses if diarrhea occurs.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to catch a stomach bug and not vomit?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Yes: Some 'stomach bugs' cause nausea and diarrhea (e.g. Norovirus, staph, bacillus cereus), while others cause mostly diarrhea (e.g. Shigella, salmonella, campylobacter, and some other viruses.).

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Last updated Nov 28, 2017

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