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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
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
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
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
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?
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:
Mercury can harm young children and unborn babies. It's generally harmful to others only in large amounts. ...Read more
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 more
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
I'm currently in the final recovery stages from gastroenteritis. Is it okay for me to kiss my girlfriend? Or would she get infected?
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
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
When my blood sugar gets high I get terrible indigeston and heartburn. I've heard this might be gastroenteritis. What are your thoughts?
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
Vomited/fever 5 nights ago, seemed to get better (tho appetite never returned) and only now am having diarrhea. Is this common for gastroenteritis?
Unlikely: Doubtful.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Presumably gastro. Has cleared up so it should not be a problem. ...Read more
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?
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
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
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
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
If someone has acute gastroenteritis and drinks prune juice. Would that get rid of the virus faster?
NO: It would not have any effect.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Can giving birth while you have bacterial/viral gastroenteritis cause your baby to get it while being born due to close proximity to anas? Serious?
Nope: The chances are extremely rare.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
Yes: There are a number of different strains. ...Read more
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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