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Doctor insights on: Acute Gastroenteritis Risk Factors

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Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

Viral gastroenteritis is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces and foods that are carrying the virus. Symptoms include upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Sometimes ...Read more


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Why is ranitidine used to treat acute gastroenteritis?

Why is ranitidine used to treat acute gastroenteritis?

Non-infectious cause: Lots of things can cause GI distress --infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), many viruses &bacteria. Zantac reduces acid-related gastritis symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the pathophysiology of acute gastroenteritis?

Can you tell me the pathophysiology of acute gastroenteritis?

Acute vs. Recurrent?: Lots of things can cause GI distress to recur--incompletely treated infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), many viruses & bacteria.What R UR symptoms? ...Read more

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What is acute gastroenteritis? Stomach/intestine trouble?

What is acute gastroenteritis? Stomach/intestine trouble?

Gastroenteritis is: Usually a viral illness (but can be bacterial) affecting GI tract. Sx's: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches, pains & fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). Average is 1 to 3 days. ...Read more

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Would acute gastroenteritis cause elevated neutrophil % and low lymphocyte %?

Would acute gastroenteritis cause elevated neutrophil % and low lymphocyte %?

Most definitiely: If you have been vomiting a lot, your body gets stressed. This "stress response" is suggested when your neutrophils spike up at the expense of your lymphocytes. ...Read more

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Can bacterial/acute gastroenteritis be transmitted to my girlfriend if I kiss her? I'm currently in the last stages of my treatment.

Can bacterial/acute gastroenteritis be transmitted to my girlfriend if I kiss her? I'm currently in the last stages of my treatment.

Difficult to tell: Bacterial gastroenteritis is an unusual disease in the usa. Far more likely viral. Either way, kissing would be an unusual means of transmission and would depend on so many variable factors that it would be very tough to determine the risks without knowing exactly what you had. ...Read more

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Can I give econorm to my five n half year old child on empty stomach as he is suffering from loosemotions (acute gastroenteritis)do I have to give h an?

Can I give econorm to my five n half year old child on empty stomach as he is suffering from loosemotions (acute gastroenteritis)do I have to give h an?

OK to give econorm: With liquids but without food unless he is vomiting. With any diarrhea illness, but sure to give adequate fluids to prevent dehydration. Best fluids are electrolyte solutions that have sodium and very low levels of sugar. ...Read more

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What are some of the risk factors for getting Gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis: Most commonly - food and water borne-- Guardia, campylobacter etc - viral - bacterial - food poisoning may give similar symptoms ...Read more

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Sharp pain under ribs left side actual stomach area diagnosed with gastroenteritis but no vomit or direah and my abdomen swollen on left side?

Sharp pain under ribs left side actual stomach area diagnosed with gastroenteritis but no vomit or direah and my abdomen swollen on left side?

Left Rib pain: The area under your left ribs consists of your spleen, left kidney, diaphragm and left lower lung. The splenic part of your large colon is there too. All of those could be causing symptoms.. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have pancreatic trauma to where it could lead to acute pancreatitis from a violent stomach flu?

Is it possible to have pancreatic trauma to where it could lead to acute pancreatitis from a violent stomach flu?

Pancreatitis: A viral infection by itself can cause pancreatitis. The severity is variable. Trauma to the upper abdomen can also cause pancreatitis. ...Read more

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How to know if I still have gastroenteritis?

How to know if I still have gastroenteritis?

Symptoms: The symptoms of Stomach Flu (Viral Gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). ...Read more

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What people are at risk for gastroenteritis?

Gastro: Gastroenteritis is usually caused by a virus and just like the flu is transmitted from person to person. Unlike the flu, it is usually transmitted by poor hand hygeine. It can come in waves on certain communities and during certain tomes of year (spring/summer). Anyone can get gastroenteritis - prevention with good hand washing and food storage is key. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more