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A 30-year-old member asked:

does shigellosis = gastroenteritis?

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Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
A type: Shigella is a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever, vomiting. It can occassionally cause a seizure. It is also treatable with antibiotics.
Dr. Robert Golenbock
Pediatrics 49 years experience
Sort of: Gastroenteritis means inflammation of the GI tract (stomach and/or intestines). Often it's an infection. Rarely that infection is caused by shigella. A shigella infection of the GI tract is called shigellosis, a specific kind of gastroenteritis.

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What is the difference between patients with dysentery and those with gastroenteritis?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Dysentery: Is classically the "bloody flux" but generally causes mucous and blood in the diarrhea with tenesmus, crampy pain while passing the diarrhea.
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Can improving hygiene prevent gastroenteritis?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Absolutely YES: It is transmitted from hand to mouth so good hand washing is a must for prevention and spred of the common stomach flu.
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Is rotavirus a the most common cause of gastroenteritis?

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Dr. Swati Avashia
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 23 years experience
Age dependent: Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe diarrhea in infants and young children. But as people get older they develop immunity to rotavirus and other bacterial and viral causes of gastroenteritis are more common.
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How long does gastroenteritis remain contagious?

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Dr. Tim Kilkenny
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Up to 3 weeks: Rotavirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis, is shed in the stool for up to 21 days. Obviously most kids are not excluded from daycare that long after an illness, which is why hand hygiene is so important.
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A 42-year-old female asked:

What is the right medication for amoebic dysentery?

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Bug drugs: Metronidazole or tinidazole initially iodoquinol, paromomycin, or diloxanide furoate subsequently for cyst eradication. Your doctor will need to prescribe them after he/she evaluates your condition.

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