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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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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

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