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i have a huge phobia for stomach viruses. how can i cure it?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Prevention; no cure: The major causes of gastroenteritis are viruses, accounting for 1/3 of acute diarrheal illnesses. These fall into 5 categories: rotaviruses (lasts 3-7 days); enteric adenovirus (last 5-12 days with vomiting and fever); norwalk virus (lasts 1-2 days with flu-like symptoms); calicivirus (with shellfish, lasts 1-2 days in adults; longer in kids); astrovirus (kids ; in nursing homes, lasts 2-3 days).
Answered on Sep 16, 2018
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Phobias: Consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy or hypnosis.
Answered on Sep 16, 2018
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Dr. Andrew Berry
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.
Answered on Sep 16, 2018

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