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Are Some People More Prone To Getting Gastroenteritis
Not really: Gastroenteritis is a self-limited viral illness characterized by nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Exposure to the virus is all that is necessary to get the illness. People with weak immune systems may be more prone to get viral illnesses, but people with normal immunity can get sick if exposed to the viruses that cause gastroenteritis. ...Read more
Gastroenteritis so BADschools may close! I was not exposed but scared I'm going to get it!! Can I STILL get it if not exposed??!! HELP!
Depends where: In countries with poor sanitation systems, bottled/purified water is the only way to go. Gastroenteritis is much more common in underdeveloped countries and in tropical areas. Check with local health authorities or the CDC for areas to which you'll be traveling for more detail. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I accidentally broke a small light bulb today. Apparently if it contained mercury it can give you gastroenteritis. Am I going to get sick now ?
Probably not: Mercury is contained in the newer CFL bulbs, the ones that look like this picture. It is not present in significant amounts in older bulbs. If you got it on your hands, you should wash them well with water and follow the clean-up instructions here: http://www2.epa.gov/cfl/cleaning-broken-cfl Mercury can harm young children and unborn babies. It's generally harmful to others only in large amounts. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hi I have gastroenteritis its been 3 days now im feeling better but the rest of my family is getting it can I get it again and how do we stop it?
Patience: Gastroenteritis usually caused by viruses, bacteria, medications, etc. Mostly caused by viruses , rotovirus in children and norovirus in adults. Usually immune for 2 to 6 months from getting viral process again. Would suspect other members of family because of contact would get gastroenteritis for about same course.Once everyone has the virus the process should cease. ...Read more
Poor sanitation: Many gastrointestinal viruses are transmitted via the fecal-oral route, so poor sanitation and/or poor food handling techniques can lead to contamination of foods (such as a cook having viruses on his hands after leaving the restroom). Also, the viruses are transmitted on door handles, furniture, keyboards, elevator buttons, phones, stair railings; and by shaking hands, changing diapers, etc... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It has been five days since I got gastroenteritis and I have seen a physition however I feel very weak and tired. How can I get my strength back?
Drink fluids: Replace potassium and eat salty foods in small amounts, like crackers, toast, applesauce, bananas, and take it easy for a few days. Your body will heal at it's own pace. Chicken broth is an excellent salty liquid. Sip a cup 4 or five times a day, along with ginger ale and water. You should be much better in a few days. Patience and TLC go a long way. Feel better soon! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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