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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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more