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Can You Get The Stomach Flu Twice In A Row
Yes: There are many types of viruses that give you the stomach flu (gastroenteritis). In addition, there are many different serotypes of a given virus. You can develop immune memory to a given serotype, but that does not make you necessarily resistant to other serotypes. Thus, you can get the stomach flu again, and again, and again from either different viruses or serotypes. ...Read more
Flu & basketball: Possibly. It all depends on whether the sick person (who is unwisely playing basketball) coughs on you, which is likely, particularly if you are guarding him or rebounding against him. I doubt that such a person would be wearing a mask. My advice would be to pass on the experience. ...Read more
Often: If you are in contact with many people on a daily basis for work or school then it is not uncommon to get a "stomach flu" several times a year. The peak season for enteroviruses (stomach flu) is spring and summer. During those seasons children can get sick every month or so especially if they are in a large daycare. The viruses are spread by poor hand washing and contact with contaminated surfaces. ...Read more
Your Immune System: Most stomach illness are caused by viruses that your body's immune system will fight off. The "out of your" system philosophy may come from advice by medical professionals not to treat diarrhea aggressivley. This recommendation is not made because the diarrhea "gets it out of your system" but rather because of side effects of some of those anti-diarrhea medicines. ...Read more
Depends: Norovirus is the most common viral cause of "stomach flu" or gastroenteritis. Exposure can result in illness within 24 hours. Other causes of gastroenteritis like bacteria can take several days. Handwashing and food safety can help prevent spread of illnesses like these. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Pet to human: Infections. Zoonoses effecting dogs that can be directly or indirectly transmitted to humans & that involve the GI tract of one or the other include: Salmonellosis (bacteria), Giardiasis (intestinal protozoa), Strongyloidiasis (parasite) & Campylobacter enteritis (bacteria). Don't know of any intestinal flu that is transmitted between dog & human. ...Read more
Don't know of:
Stomach flu's. Zoonoses effecting dogs that can be directly or indirectly
transmitted to humans & that involve the GI tract of one or
the other include: Salmonellosis (bacteria), Giardiasis
(intestinal protozoa), Strongyloidiasis (parasite) &
Campylobacter enteritis (bacteria). Don't know of any intestinal
flu that is transmitted between dog & human. ...Read more
Can you tell me about how many times does the average person get the stomach flu in their lifetime?
Total guess...: No guarantees, but i'd guess about 12 for the United States, assuming living to full lifespan. I have nothing to back that up. Just a guess. ...Read more
Don't know of virus.:
Zoonoses effecting dogs that can be directly or indirectly transmitted to humans & that involve the GI tract of one or the other include: Salmonellosis (bacteria), Giardiasis
(intestinal protozoa), Strongyloidiasis (parasite) & Campylobacter enteritis (bacteria). Don't know of any intestinal
flu that is transmitted between dog & human. ...Read more
Yes: The term stomach flu is a collection of illnesses not a single germ. A variety of adenoviruses & enteroviruses can attack areas of the digestive tract & follow a variety of patterns. Since the term involves the stomach, most will involve some belly pain & intolerance to some foods, vomiting, cramps or diarrhea at some point. Some may pass through the system with fever as its only feature. ...Read more
No idea: I do not imagine the actual frequency of "food poisoning" in china is known, but the term is so vague that it could refer to any of several dozen conditions. Viruses which affect the GI tract are extremely common, including influenza, which may produce GI symptoms. My guess is that this would be far more common than illnesses transmitted through food, but have no data to support that opinion. ...Read more
I live in Sweden and My doctor gave me zofran (ondansetron) to take when I get the stomach flu to take away vomiting. Do zofran (ondansetron) help? Scared of vomit, panic!
Good for vomiting.: If you are questioning the efficacy of Zofran (ondansetron) for vomiting, I can tell you that it's very good for that. What I don't approve of is the indiscriminate treatment of vomiting or nausea without a doctor's close supervision. Vomiting is a symptom, which can be caused by many diagnoses. Treating a symptom without knowing the diagnosis can lead to trouble. ...Read more
Yes: There are a number of different strains. ...Read more
Supportive care: Since stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) is a virus, there's nothing that kills it. However, taking electrolyte-rich fluids, a bland low-sugar/high fat diet, and rest helps with the symptoms and keeps you hydrated. Probiotics also help your intestines recover. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more
This is a probably: A viral illness which any child or adult can get. The treatment will depend on the exact symptoms. At that age I would call her pediatrician to discuss further. If she is vomiting, let her stomach rest for an hour or 2, then start sips of clear fluids like Pedialyte. Make sure she is having wet diapers. ..but again, please call her doctor. ...Read more
Nope, no worries: The most common cause of viral gastroenteritis ("stomach flu") is norovirus. Whatever the cause in you and your wife, as you recovered you became immune to it and you cannot now be reinfected with that same virus from your wife or anyone else. Of course you could have the same problem in the future, caused by different viruses or a different strain of norovirus. ...Read more
What to do if I had the stomach flu last week but I feel as if I am getting it again. Is it possible to get it again so quick?
I live in a house with fifteen other people, two have the stomach flu and more are starting to get it. What can I do to avoid it?
Wash everything: Make sure everything you touch has been wiped off with soap and disinfected. Flu is transferred from people to people so clean- clean- clean! ...Read more
Nothing: It is a viral infection and must run its course. Can treat symptoms (nausea / diarrhea / muscle aches / fever) to be less miserable. Try to remain hydrated to keep up with fluid losses. Can use chewable anti-nausea medicine for help (like dramamine (dimenhydrinate) / bonine / etc.). See dr if vomiting to point cannot keep liquids down, lightheaded, or bad abdominal pains. ...Read more
Be gentle w yourself: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more
Drink water: The most important thing is to get rehydrated. One of the most under-appreciated causes of constipation is dehydration, which is common with the stomach flu. Then, just eat balanced meals. If you still need help passing a bowel movement, try an over-the-counter stool softener or perhaps a glycerin suppository. If it's been 3 days or more, check with your doctor. ...Read more
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