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Are some people more prone to getting gastroenteritis?

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

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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Do a lot of people get gastroenteritis?

Yes: It is a common illness caused by a virus that has no specific cure. Fortunately, gastroenteritis is self-limited and resolves without specific treatment. Treatment is supportive and symptom directed. ...Read more

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Am I more likely to get gastroenteritis during international travel?

Am I more likely to get gastroenteritis during international travel?

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 more

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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!

No: No need to panic. If not exposed no way of getting sick. If exposed best is to maintain strict hygiene rules, specifically clean hands. ...Read more

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I think I have caught gastroenteritis. How do I get rid of it?

Viral gastroenteriti: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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

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How does food get contaminated by gastroenteritis viruses?

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 more

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I'm starting to get chest pains, is this normal with gastroenteritis?

I'm starting to get chest pains, is this normal with gastroenteritis?

Possible heartburn: If you have been vomiting as a result of your gastroenteritis, you may be suffering from some heartburn or reflux like symptoms which may feel like chest pains. If they get worse or don't improve even after your gastroenteritis gets better you should see a doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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If you don't get gastroenteritis for years does the immune system become less efficient at fighting it and thus causing severe symptoms when infected?

If you don't get gastroenteritis for years does the immune system become less efficient at fighting it and thus causing severe symptoms when infected?

Consider this...: 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), non-gi related problems (uti, pid, etc.). ...Read more

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When my blood sugar gets high I get terrible indigeston and heartburn. I've heard this might be gastroenteritis. What are your thoughts?

Gastroperesis: It is a condition that develops in diabetics after 5 to 10 yrs of poorly controled diabetes. The nerves that control your stomach emptying and intestinal transit get affected.
Gastroeneritis is an acute inflamation of your upper digestive system usually cause by a virus or bacteria. ...Read more

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Vomited/fever 5 nights ago, seemed to get better (tho appetite never returned) and only now am having diarrhea. Is this common for gastroenteritis?

Vomited/fever 5 nights ago, seemed to get better (tho appetite never returned) and only now am having diarrhea. Is this common for gastroenteritis?

Most likely: The common viral gastroenteritis usally takes about 5-7 days to run its course (no pun intended). If your symptoms persist; or if you have any additional symptoms best to see you doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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I am 21 year old male and get 8-10 infections a year like common cold, gastroenteritis. It always goes without treatment. Should I be concerned though?

I am 21 year old male and get 8-10 infections a year like common cold, gastroenteritis. It always goes without treatment. Should I be concerned though?

No: Doesn't sound concerning, if they are common viral infections that resolve on their own. The average person gets an illness every 6 to 8 weeks. .. at least the younger ones do. ...Read more

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Can bacterial gastroenteritis spread through saliva i.E. Kissing, etc? Or would the other person get infected with it?

Not a concern: In general. You probably will not want to be around others too much anyway feeling like you do. Be aggressive seeing your GI doc and treating the issue. ...Read more

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My stomach has become very delicate. I often get gastroenteritis problems. I am not able to eat spicy food or street food. How can I build on immunity?

My stomach has become very delicate. I often get gastroenteritis problems. I am not able to eat spicy food or street food. How can I build on immunity?

This is a sensitivit: U have a sensitivity 2 these foods & u can not build an immunity that allows u 2 b able to eat these foods. U may b able 2 build up a tolerance by slowly eating a small amount once in a while & c how u feel. It is possible u just can't handle it & just avoid them. If u have trouble when invited to someone's house and they cook spicy, just let them know about it and c if they can tone down the food. ...Read more

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Get ivig q3wks for autoimmune and wondering if it'll help prevent influenza and gastroenteritis? Also on numerous meds plus prednisones and Zofran (ondansetron) daily

Get ivig q3wks for autoimmune and wondering if it'll help prevent influenza and gastroenteritis? Also on numerous meds plus prednisones and Zofran (ondansetron) daily

Probably: But on the other hand you are on prednisone too, which suppresses t cells, which has a multitude of functions in the immune sysytem other than helping produce antibodies, at any rate, confer with your doctor, play it safe, stay away from sick people, keep washing your hands and other universal precautions to guard against infection, goodluck ...Read more

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On 7th day of viral gastroenteritis Doc said 5-7 days it will get better. Anxiety makes me think it is cancer I also have chills throughout?

On 7th day of viral gastroenteritis Doc said 5-7 days it will get better. Anxiety makes me think it is cancer I also have chills throughout?

Gastroenteritis...: ...is typically accompanied by symptoms of fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal discomfort. These are not the presenting symptoms of common malignancies. A colon cancer, for example might present with trace amounts of blood in the stool, or pain and constipation. ...Read more

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On average how long from the start of viral gastroenteritis symptoms to get to the point of the severe nausea/vomiting stage?

Symptom duration: Well there are quite a number of variables here-such as 'what virus', 'you' the patient, your condition 'before you got sick' etc. So it's hard to give a precise answer. Most of the times, it's just a day or two. If it's longer than that, then it may not be 'so simple' after all and would need professional evaluation. Dehydration, kidney damage, 'passing out', falls, muscle damage etc could result ...Read more

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Why do I get frequent viral infections?, blood test and urine test came back good. I get 1-2 colds a month and had gastroenteritis in march

Why do I get frequent viral infections?, blood test and urine test came back good. I get 1-2 colds a month and had gastroenteritis in march

Infectious Dis. Eval: Although your life style may be related to your frequent colds, for example, being with young children who are sick or being a teacher and being exposed to children who should have remained at home because they have colds, I would advise an infectious disease specialist. The latter can give you a much more extensive evaluation of your immune status profile. Blood test not enough. ...Read more

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How severe of a stomach ache do you get with gastroenteritis?

How severe of a stomach ache do you get with gastroenteritis?

Sometimes pretty: Bad cramps can occur. The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...Read more

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Could I really get the stomach flu from a dog?

Could I really get the stomach flu from a dog?

Don't know of virus.: Zoonoses effecting dogs that can be directly or indirectly transmitted to humans & that involve the GI tract of one or the other include: Salmonellosis (bacteria), Giardiasis
(intestinal protozoa), Strongyloidiasis (parasite) & Campylobacter enteritis (bacteria). Don't know of any intestinal
flu that is transmitted between dog & human. ...Read more

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Which the quickest way to get rid of a stomach flu?

Which the quickest way to get rid of a stomach flu?

Be gentle w yourself: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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What happens if you are pregnant and get the stomach flu?

What happens if you are pregnant and get the stomach flu?

Agree w Dr. Lutwick: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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How to get the stomach flu out of your system?

How to get the stomach flu out of your system?

Your Immune System: Most stomach illness are caused by viruses that your body's immune system will fight off. The "out of your" system philosophy may come from advice by medical professionals not to treat diarrhea aggressivley. This recommendation is not made because the diarrhea "gets it out of your system" but rather because of side effects of some of those anti-diarrhea medicines. ...Read more

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How to get rid of stomach flu fast?

Supportive care: Since stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) is a virus, there's nothing that kills it. However, taking electrolyte-rich fluids, a bland low-sugar/high fat diet, and rest helps with the symptoms and keeps you hydrated. Probiotics also help your intestines recover. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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How can you get rid of the stomach flu?

Wait: There is no cure for the viruses that cause gastroenteritis (stomach flu). The most important thing for you is to keep yourself well hydrated during the time it takes for your body to clear the virus. ...Read more

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Can adults get the rotavirus or stomach flu?

Can adults get the rotavirus or stomach flu?

Yes: As an adult, you have more than likely been infected with the virus as a child and have some degree of immunity. Should you contract the infection, your symptoms will be less severe than a child contracting the infection for the first time. ...Read more

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What should be done to get rid of the stomach flu?

What should be done to get rid of the stomach flu?

Go GI Gently: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...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