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Can gastroenteritis be fatal?

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

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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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Can you die from gastroenteritis?

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

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What causes gastroenteritis usually?

What causes gastroenteritis usually?

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

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What kind of foods should you not eat if you have gastroenteritis?

What kind of foods should you not eat if you have gastroenteritis?

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

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Will gastroenteritis kill me?

It can: Gastroenteritis is the number one cause of death world wide. In developed countries it is very rare to die from this, especially if you have access to medical care. I personally have one patient who did die from gastro when they refused to come back for re-eval as recommended. ...Read more

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Does shigellosis = gastroenteritis?

Does shigellosis =  gastroenteritis?

A type: Shigella is a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever, vomiting. It can occassionally cause a seizure. It is also treatable with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Would gastroenteritis start with headache?

Since a headache: Can occur with gastroenteritis - i guess that is feasible. I don't know of any rule about what order the symptoms need to come in. ...Read more

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How long does gastroenteritis remain contagious?

Up to 3 weeks: Rotavirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis, is shed in the stool for up to 21 days. Obviously most kids are not excluded from daycare that long after an illness, which is why hand hygiene is so important. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of gastroenteritis in teens?

See below: There is no difference in the symptoms based on age. Most everyone will have vomiting and diarrhea, or diarrhea alone. ...Read more

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How do I prevent myself from getting gastroenteritis?

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

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Any good way to speed up recovery for gastroenteritis?

Any good way to speed up recovery for gastroenteritis?

Recover: Really all you can do is what grandma always used to say....Rest and get plenty of fluids and wait for your immune system to do the rest! some extra vitamin c couldn't hurt. If symptoms persist or become severe or you become dehydrated you need to see a doctor immediately! ...Read more

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How can I help protect my toddler against gastroenteritis?

How can I help protect my toddler against gastroenteritis?

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

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Is gastroenteritis along the same lines as diverticulitis?

Is gastroenteritis along the same lines as diverticulitis?

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

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What is the difference between grastitis and gastroenteritis?

What is the difference between grastitis and gastroenteritis?

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

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