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Can viral gastroenteritis be prevented?

Can viral gastroenteritis be prevented?

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 more

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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 gastroenteritis be prevented?

Can gastroenteritis be prevented?

Prevention: Gastroenteritis is caused by viruses usually. The key to preventing transmission is proper hand washing between contacts. Also, proper food storage techniques can prevent formation of certain bacteria which can cause it. ...Read more

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How can viral meningitis be avoided?

How can viral meningitis be avoided?

Hand-washing: Viral meningitis is spread by fecal-oral contact, which means you can contract it if you touch an object contaminated with the virus. Frequent hand-washing and ensuring that children wear swim diapers in the pool are two good ways to avoid exposure. ...Read more

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Can viral pneumonia be cured?

Can viral pneumonia be cured?

Usually Resolves: A patient with good general health and a normal immune system will usually recover from a viral pneumonia after it runs its course. Occasionally a bacteria will come in and trigger a secondary infection which prolongs the illness & requires extra rx.If pneumonia is part of a more extensive viral illness, affecting other tissue systems, other problems may dominate the recovery process. ...Read more

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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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Can gastritis be contagious?

Can gastritis be contagious?

Yes: If it is caused by the bacteria h pylori and you share food, it can be passed from one family member to another. ...Read more

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Can viral hemorrhagic fevers be cured?

By yourself...: In many cases, we don't have medication to kill the viruses that can cause hemorrhagic fevers. Anecdotally, people have used iv-ig, but in general, your immune system has to do the brunt of the work. As physicians, we can pretty much help with supportive management only. ...Read more

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Can traveler's diarrhea be contagious?

Can traveler's diarrhea be contagious?

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 more

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Can anemia be caused by a viral infection?

Can anemia be caused by a viral infection?

Yes viruses can : There are some viruses that stop blood production. Other viruses trigger an immune response that causes red cell destruction. ...Read more

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Can bacterial meningitis be contagious?

Can bacterial meningitis be contagious?

Yes: Bacterial meningitis is contageous, the degree of which is relatively specific to the bacteria involved. A germ like meningococcus is easily passed in a brief exposure while tuberculusis is much harder to pass, requiring much longer exposure. ...Read more

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Can streptococcal infections be prevented?

Can streptococcal infections be prevented?

PracticeGood hygiene: Safe hygiene practices will reduce, but cannot prevent the risk of streptococcal infection. Streptococcus is a normal colonizing bacteria for all humans. Infection from any bacteria depends on host factors and many other variables that make total eradication close to impossible. Hand washing, isolation, cohorting, and sterile technique all reduce strep infections effectively ...Read more

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Can measles be prevented?

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Can measles be prevented?

Yes: Infection with the measles virus can be prevented through vaccination with the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine. ...Read more

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Can salmonella be contagious?

Can salmonella be contagious?

Very much so!: Salmonella is one of the most contagious of food borne illnesses. ...Read more

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Which illnesses can be prevented by pasteurisation?

Which illnesses can be prevented by pasteurisation?

Pasteurization: Tuberculosis, cholera, any germ causing disease that can get into milk that is killed by the process. ...Read more

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How can salmonella infection be prevented?

How can salmonella infection be prevented?

See below: Vaccination of feed animals. Limit use of antibiotics as growth promoters. Improve food safty practices. Do not eat raw or undercooked eggs or meats. Food handler hygene. Maintain time-temperature standards for food handling/preparation/storage. Ban unpasturized dairy products. There is a typhoid vaccine for travelers to typhoid endemic areas. ...Read more

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Can neutrophilic rhinosinusitis be preventable?

Probably: The diagnosis that you have provided suggests that you have had a biopsy. Neutrophiles are the first line of defense in what is called innate immunity and usually indicates an infectious origin. Therefore , it is preventable if it is a viral or bacterial infection. If the diagnosis was made by an ENT specialist, he should be able to give you an appropriate answer. Avoid people who are ill. ...Read more

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Can bronchitis be prevented from happening?

Can bronchitis be prevented from happening?

Depends...: Acute bronchitis is caused by an infection of the airways and it usually can be prevented only by avoiding people with the infection, which is extremely difficult to do. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, can largely be prevented by not smoking. ...Read more

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Can impetigo be prevented?

Can impetigo be prevented?

Yes: Impetigo is usually caused by staph bacteria. Frequent hand washing can decrease the amount of potentially dangerous staph bacteria on the skin surface and reduce the rate of developing impetigo. Completely avoiding exposure to staph bacteria is almost impossible. However, basic sanitation has been shown to reduce the risk. ...Read more

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Can erythema multiforme be caused by viral or bacterial infection?

Yes: Erythema multiforme is an allergic reaction. Many times the cause is not found. Sometimes the cause is an infection by viruses, mycoplasma, bacteria, etc... Other times, the cause is related to a variety of medications. ...Read more

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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with a "stomach flu" virus. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter remedies or ...Read more