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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 more
Yes: Rotavirus group a is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis worldwide. It causes a dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children. More than a half-million infants and young children worldwide die of rotavirus gastroenteritis each year (parashar et al, 2009). Fatalities from viral gastroenteritis are more likely to occur in those at the extremes of age or the immunocompromised. ...Read more
Germ invasion: The gut viruses are spread through saliva & end up on a variety of surfaces like door knobs or shopping carts & live for hours or days. The average adult will pass germs from their contaminated fingers to their face or mouth several times per hour. These germs invade the lining of your gut & cause symptoms. Some bacteria can enter the same way & cause the same sx. Frequent handwasing can reduce this. ...Read more
Start slow: It's best to give your GI tract a rest in the beginning. Focus on hydration. When you do eat, start with clear liquids and then advance gradually if tolerated. Good things to eat included bananas, toast, rice, broth, and apples. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, milk products, acidic food, and fatty food. Stay off milk products until you've been better for 1-2 weeks. ...Read more
See below: There is no difference in the symptoms based on age. Most everyone will have vomiting and diarrhea, or diarrhea alone. ...Read more
Wash your hands: A GI bug can be passed through your food or from poor hygeine. Proper precautions, such as when preparing poultry, can help. But sometimes, when foods are contaminated, there is no prevention. And many people (for example, on a cruise ship) can pick up norovirus with exposure only to surfaces. Still, washing your hands before you eat and cooking your food thorougly is a good start. ...Read more
Good hand washing!: Most gastro is caused by viruses and spread person to person thru contaminated hands. By practicing good hand hygiene, soap and water or alcohol gel, you can block this major source of contagion. Even young children can be encouraged to use purell before eating and discouraged from sharing cups and utensils with others. The rotavirus vaccine also helps protect against this most common virus. ...Read more
Similarities are: Only that the 2 conditions occur in the gi tract and they are both inflammatory conditions. That is where similarity ends. Gastroenteritis is usually an infection that mainly affects the mucosa or inner lining. Diverticulitis is an infection that happens in an outpouching of the intestine, usually colon. Stomach flu is a form of viral gastroenteritis. ...Read more
Itis=inflammation: Gastritis is inflammation of stomach lining and can be serious. Gastroenteritis is inflammation as well but usually due to a virus and self limiting, i.e., is resolves on its own with light diet and clear liquid diet. When abdominal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting or heartburn and abdominal pain persist, you need to see your doctor for physical and possibly further tests. ...Read more
Gastroenteritis: It is usually a GI illness causes by viruses. Avoid Stomach Flu - Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash wi warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash > ...Read more
Unlikely to be: Gastroenteritis is a nonspecific term that reflects a stomach & intestinal infection by many agents. While you may gain some or total immunity to that virus, there are dozens of other viruses or bacteria that can cause gastro. Gastro is sort of like a car crash. You tangled with a dodge & got thru it, but a ford may get you next week. ...Read more
Not the common types: These are mostly spread by dirty hands. Overcooking and boiling drinking water can prevent some foodborne infections such as e coli or listeria, though. ...Read more
Possible: It's possible to get a food borne illness pretty much anywhere in the world. As to the specific question, that would require a representative sampling of the street food of chennai to calculate odds properly. ...Read more
Get them voiding: If an infant is taking enough fluid to wet a diaper every 4-6 hrs they are hydrated. It is sometimes hard to tell, if their pee is mixed with diarrhea you must rely on their willingness to drink robustly and keep their mouth moist. Modern diapers often pull away moisture so placing square of toilet tissue in the diaper can aleart you that they peed thru it. When in doubt, check with your doctor. ...Read more
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