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Can you catch gastroenteritis from somebody who caught it from you?

Can you catch gastroenteritis from somebody who caught it from you?

Yes: Although, the example you are giving is not a common one, but theoretically it is possible, as some pathogens of gastroenteritis we never become immune to, so re-infection is possible. ...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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I had gastroenteritis a week ago and now my family members are sick with it. I've recovered from my sickness, but can I catch it from them again?

I had gastroenteritis a week ago and now my family members are sick with it. I've recovered from my sickness, but can I catch it from them again?

Not likely: If it is a viral cause then probably not as you have already been exposed. If it is another cause then it is possible. Please practice good hand washing while your household members are sick. ...Read more

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Gastroenteritis infected my whole family in less than a week. Is it possible for my children to catch it again from me now that I'm ill too?

Gastroenteritis infected my whole family in less than a week. Is it possible for my children to catch it again from me now that I'm ill too?

Not likely: Part of the recovery is for your body to make antibodies that are protective against reinfection . Unless the kids have some type of immune deficiencies, they should be making these protective antibodies. Still would practice good handwashing and not give good-night kisses until everyone is better ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch viral gastroenteritis whilst currently infected with cold virus? If so is that a dangerous combination?

Is it possible to catch viral gastroenteritis whilst currently infected with cold virus? If so is that a dangerous combination?

Multiple Virus: Yes, you certainly can be infected with multiple viral infections at once. Whether or not it is dangerous depends on the specific viral infections. Generally, a cold and gastrointestinal virus at the same time are not dangerous. They are however, very uncomfortable for the person who has them at the same time. The biggest threat is dehydration. Seek care if that is occurring. ...Read more

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Is it possible to catch the 'stomach flu' from someone?

Is it possible to catch the 'stomach flu' from someone?

See below: Usually transmission is by direct contact with the virus itself via direct contact with the person or something which the affected person was in contact with recently. Occasionally, theoretically, respiratory droplets from the person could infect others as well. ...Read more

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Can I catch the stomach flu from being around a baby that wasn't sick until the next day after I played with him?

Can I catch the stomach flu from being around a baby that wasn't sick until the next day after I played with him?

Maybe: Incubation period of infection (probably viral) can cause shedding of virus (contagious) before actual outbreak of symptoms. Always good to wash hands, don't eat from infant's plate. ...Read more

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My friend son is 4 he has stomach flu after 3 days hes feeling better is it still contagious and can we still catch the stoamch flu ?

My friend son is 4 he has stomach flu after 3 days hes feeling better is it still contagious and can we still catch the stoamch flu ?

Stomach flu: This is a layman's term to describe symptoms that can actually be due to many different causes. If in fact this was due to a virus (but probably not influenza) it is possible that other members of the household may get this. ...Read more

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What are the chances I have caught gastroenteritis from street food in chennai?

What are the chances I have caught gastroenteritis from street food in chennai?

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

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I think I have caught gastroenteritis. How do I get rid of it?

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

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How long does it take to become sick after being exposed to the stomach flu. it's been almost 4 days and I haven't caught it yet but worried ?

Faster than that: Food-borne illness hits hard and fast, anywhere from 30 minutes after a contaminated meal with certain bacterial toxins from killed bacteria to a day or two if there are live pathologic bacteria present in the food. longer periods without symptoms would be unusual. ...Read more

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How to prevent the stomach flu when you feel like you've already caught it?

How to prevent the stomach flu when you feel like you've already caught it?

Not much...: All you can do is wash hands frequently, avoid others who are known to have it, etc. Once you have it, im not aware of anything you can do to prevent it. See your doctor for medications to help you through it, though. ...Read more

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Me and 3 year old son just caught the stomach flu, what can I do to make this go away faster, and keep it from spreading?

Me and 3 year old son just caught the stomach flu, what can I do to make this go away faster, and keep it from spreading?

Good hygiene : Stomach "flu" is most commonly caused by a virus. Viruses are spread by saliva and respiratory droplets. Good handwashing, and not sharing germs are the keys to prevention of the virus. Unfortunately there is no cure. Treatment is supportive with nausea meds and fluids as tolerated. Be careful to watch for dehydration and always best to see your doc to make sure it's nothing more. ...Read more

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I have severe chest pain. I caught a stomach flu and did some pretty heavy vommitting. I did it 9 times within a 4 hour time slot. can i do anything??

Go to ER: If you cannot see your own doctor, go to the emergency department of a hospital. You are at risk of getting dehydrated and complication resulting therefrom. Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Three days ago I caught the stomach flu (diarrhea vomitting). Flu is gone but now I feel gassy, bloated, full easily. Is this normal?

Three days ago I caught the stomach flu (diarrhea vomitting). Flu is gone but now I feel gassy, bloated, full easily. Is this normal?

Not normal, but…: depending on what pathogen caused your stomach flu, it may take a while for your GI tract to get back to normal. I would gradually advance your diet as things improve. If you're not better in 1 to 2 weeks, I would see your doctor.Good luck. ...Read more

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My 16 month caught the stomach flu. Vomiting began Wed 27th and continues to vomit breast milk every night. She is barely eating. Also has diarrhea.

My 16  month caught the stomach flu. Vomiting began Wed 27th and continues to vomit breast milk every night. She is barely eating. Also has diarrhea.

See the doctor: With small children, you don't want to take any serious risks - it sounds like your child is dehydrated. I would call immediately to try and be seen. Small children don't have the 'reserve' that adults have to fight through diarrhea/gastrointestinal illnesses. Is she making 'wet' diapers? What about tears? You can tell her volume status by some of these signs -I'm concerned about it, so go to docs ...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