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Can Gastroenteritis Be Fatal
Yes but not commonly: Acute gastroenteritis is extremely common & most cases resolve on their own with simple support care. (many cases of "stomach bug" or the inaccurately-titled "stomach flu" are mild cases of food poisoning.) way, it's still a pain in the gut w/ similar symptoms & similar care. More serious infections do occur, especially in countries or areas w/ poor sanitation. More sick or lasting, see your doc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
GI obstruction can: How do you define "constipation?" a medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days). I know of no patient who died due to bowel infrequency. On the other hand, an obstructed colon that ruptures, leaks, infarcts can be life threatening if the obstruction is not relieved. ...Read more
Usually not: Tonsillitis is an annoying issue but usually very treatable. Strep throat should be treated with antibiotics to prevent some scary complications like scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, kidney inflammation or abscesses of the peritonsillar space. Also, severe swelling of tonsils (and adenoids) with mono or other infections and cause airway obstruction. So get a tonsil infection checked out! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes and no.: Hand washing is the key to preventing illness. Also, remember that everything you touch probably has germs, especially door handles - -so don't touch your face or lick you fingers when you are 'out and about' as it just exposes you to germs. When you get home - wash your hands, first thing. Now, you will probably still get a bug now and then, but avoiding germs will help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: For most healthy people, toxoplasmosis is not fatal - in fact, 80-90% of healthy people don't ever get symptoms of the disease. However, if you are pregnant or are immunocompromised (aids), you are at risk from complications including death. That being said, death from toxoplasmosis here in the U.S. Is still uncommon (about 750 people die each year that we know of). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cytomegalovirus: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is one of the herpesviruses.. CMV is a common infection that is usually harmless. Once CMV is in a person's body, it stays there for life. Most healthy children and adults infected with CMV have no symptoms and may not even know that they have been infected. Cmv can cause serious disease in people with a weakened immune system and in such instances could be fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Most cases of diverticulitis are mild and readily treated with antibiotics and diet change. However, diverticulitis is a spectrum from mild to severe. The most severe cases require emergency surgery and can result in the need for a temporary colostomy formation. Talk to your physician about when or if you should consider an elective operation for removal of part of your colon. ...Read more
Amoeba infection: It's common for someone to be infected with Entamoeba histolytica, the parasite that causes amoebic dysentery, to have no significant symptoms. In fact, probably only about 10% of people do. Most infections are found in developing countries where sanitation is not great. If you've traveled there and you think you have symptoms, you should get checked out by an Infectious Diseases specialist. ...Read more
Not usually: Traveler's diarrhea occurs when you accidentally eat or drink food contaminated with germs. To prevent it eat cooked food served hot, drink bottled water and avoid fresh produce, buffet meals, dipping sauces, and ice in your drinks. Of course you will want to wash your hands before you eat and after toileting. If two people on the same trip get sick, usually they have eaten the same food. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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