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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 have bacterial gastroenteritis. Final stages of treatment. It's been a week. How long do I have to wait before i can kiss my girlfriend?

I have bacterial gastroenteritis. Final stages of treatment. It's been a week. How long do I have to wait before i can kiss my girlfriend?

Till GE is gone: Wait till the gastroenteritis is completely resolved and continue to wash your hands and take precautions such as not sharing food or food utensils. ...Read more

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Prescribed cipro (ciprofloxacin) for bacterial gastroenteritis. Is it safe?

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Prescribed cipro (ciprofloxacin) for bacterial gastroenteritis. Is it safe?

Yes in adults: Ciprofloxacin is infrequently used in bacterial gastroenteritis. Soft tissue damage. E.G., tendon rupture, has been reported especially when used in children. ...Read more

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Can bacterial gastroenteritis spread through saliva i.E. Kissing, etc? Or would the other person get infected with it?

Can bacterial gastroenteritis spread through saliva i.E. Kissing, etc? Or would the other person get infected with it?

Not a concern: In general. You probably will not want to be around others too much anyway feeling like you do. Be aggressive seeing your GI doc and treating the issue. ...Read more

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I have bacterial gastroenteritis and diarrhea just got inside my vagina... Will this harm my 7.2 week old fetus? Will it infect my womb? Help?

I have bacterial gastroenteritis and diarrhea just got inside my vagina... Will this harm my 7.2 week old fetus? Will it infect my womb?  Help?

Unlikely: I often tell patients that women's holes are close together and it is easy to get cross contamination. Take a bath and that should help with the diarrhea in the vagina. Chances are it did not go very deeply and not enough to create any harmful problems for baby. ...Read more

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Are there more than one type of bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis?

Are there more than one type of bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis?

Many!: There are many different bacteria and viruses that can cause gastroenteritis. That is why stool cultures and other studies are so important in confirming the diagnosis. ...Read more

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14 year old. Same gastroenteritis/stomach bug as rest of fam. Before vomiting/dry-heaving she is getting "waves of terror" common with stomach bug?

14 year old. Same gastroenteritis/stomach bug as rest of fam. Before vomiting/dry-heaving she is getting "waves of terror"  common with stomach bug?

Depends on person: Some people react differently to sickness. When she feels the wave of discomfort and know vomiting/dry heaves may be next, she could get fearful of this. Hopefully, the virus will resolve soon in time. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does bacterial or viral gastroenteritis have more severe symptoms?

Gastroenteritis: Bacterial enterocolitis usually produces more severe symptoms than viral infection. ...Read more

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If you have gastroenteritis does it destroy all your good gut bacteria?

If you have gastroenteritis does it destroy all your good gut bacteria?

Unlikely: While a gastroenteritis can cause you to clear much of your bowel flora, it is very difficult at best to clear out "all" of them. ...Read more

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Can bacterial/acute gastroenteritis be transmitted to my girlfriend if i kiss her? I'm currently in the last stages of my treatment.

Can bacterial/acute gastroenteritis be transmitted to my girlfriend if i kiss her? I'm currently in the last stages of my treatment.

Difficult to tell: Bacterial gastroenteritis is an unusual disease in the usa. Far more likely viral. Either way, kissing would be an unusual means of transmission and would depend on so many variable factors that it would be very tough to determine the risks without knowing exactly what you had. ...Read more

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Is the GI bug the same as the stomach flu?

Yes: The cause of stomach flu or GI bug infection is the norwalk-like virus (nlv), also called norovirus. This group of viruses causes diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache, fatigue and abdominal cramping within 12-48 hours of infection. Symptoms typically last 1-3 days, after which they resolve. The infection is rarely fatal & is self-limiting. Treatment is usually symptomatic. ...Read more

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For 3days friend has nausea vomiting diarrhea.Got IV at ER today-blood test shows gastroenteritis.Does viral show up in blood test?Or just​ bacterial?

For 3days friend has nausea vomiting diarrhea.Got IV at ER today-blood test shows gastroenteritis.Does viral show up in blood test?Or just​ bacterial?

Well, the ER doctor: may have looked a clinical symptoms, history & examination in combination with a Complete blood count with differential (CBC with Diff). The CBC does not make a hard diagnosis but can be suggestive. For instance ^ lymphocytes might suggest a viral infection & ^ neutrophils might suggest a bacterial infection. A culture which was positive for a bacterial pathogen would be strong evidence ...Read more

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I'm 8 weeks pregnant and have the stomach flu. My doctor won't check the baby. He just said to stay hydrated. Can the stomach bug hurt the baby?

Gastroenteritis: Without knowing the organism responsible for your symptoms it is impossible to say whether it will harm your baby, but the chances are that it will be fine. Your doctor is correct in urging you to stay hydrated, because becoming very dehydrated can potentially create problems. Good luck and hope you are better before thanksgiving dinner. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have had indigestion and nausea for several days following a brief GI bug/stomach flu. Should I see a physician?

It may take a little: while for your GI tract to completely heal. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). The average is 1 to 3 days. So, seeing a physician is not necessarily required at this time. ...Read more

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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


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more