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What causes viral gastroenteritis?

What causes viral gastroenteritis?

Virus: It is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces, foods, living things, etc. That are carrying the virus. The best prevention is frequent hand washing and proper food preparation. ...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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What causes viral meningitis?

What causes viral meningitis?

A number of viruses: Fairly common ones are enteroviruses, varicella, and mumps virus. ...Read more

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What causes viral meningitis infection?

What causes viral meningitis infection?

Dozens of things: Influenza, parainfluenza, adenovirus, enterovirus, poliovirus, western equine encephalitis, eastern equin encehaplitis virus, st. Louis encephalitis virus, west nile virus, measles virus and varicella zoster virus just to name a few. ...Read more

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Is viral gastroenteritis a serious illness?

Is viral gastroenteritis a serious illness?

Usually not: Most will resolve in a few days on their own. They can be serious in young infants, elderly and immune compromised individuals. ...Read more

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What causes gastroenteritis usually?

What causes gastroenteritis usually?

Germ invasion: The gut viruses are spread through saliva & end up on a variety of surfaces like door knobs or shopping carts & live for hours or days.The average adult will pass germs from their contaminated fingers to their face or mouth several times per hour. These germs invade the lining of your gut & cause symptoms.Some bacteria can enter the same way & cause the same sx. Frequent handwasing can reduce this. ...Read more

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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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Is viral meningitis infectious?

Is viral meningitis infectious?

Very variable: There is a very large number of viruses that can cause meningitis, most are not infectious. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/viral.html. ...Read more

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What sort of virus causes viral cardiomyopathy?

What sort of virus causes viral cardiomyopathy?

A number: Can. During the winter months, influenza can do it. In the summer months, enteroviruses such as coxsackie can. ...Read more

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What can remedy viral gastroenteritis?

Hydrate: 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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Could leukocytosis cause viral and bacterial infections?

Could leukocytosis cause viral and bacterial infections?

The other way around: Leukocytosis is an abnormally high number of white blood cells in the blood, as measured on a blood test. Both viral and bacterial infections can sometimes cause high numbers of white blood cells (wbc's) or low numbers of wbc's (leukopenia). Unusual leukocytosis, not caused by an infection, can be due to a bone marrow problem such as an early stage of leukemia. A doctor can further evaluate. ...Read more

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What virus causes throat infection?

What virus causes throat infection?

Many causes: Many sore throats are caused by a viral illness, such as: the common cold, the most common type of viral infection. Infection of the voice box (laryngitis). Mononucleosis (mono, "the kissing disease"), a viral infection that tends to cause a persistent sore throat. Other viral infections, such as mumps, herpangina, or influenza. Can also cause sore throat. ...Read more

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What distinguishes bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis?

What distinguishes bacterial meningitis from viral meningitis?

Testing: During the primary workup for the presenting illness the fluid from the spinal tap is sent for various tests. These will determine in most cases the type of meningitis. ...Read more

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How is viral gastroenteritis diagnosed?

Clinically: It's frequently a diagnosis of exclusion as it's generally a self limited illness - lasting less than 24 hours or so. ...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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Can viral infection cause gallbladder disease?

Can viral infection cause gallbladder disease?

Sometimes : Or it may manifest after a viral illness. Takes gallstones about a year to develop. ...Read more

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Can viral infection cause dizziness?

Can viral infection cause dizziness?

Yes: A viral infection can affect the body in many ways. When you have flu symptoms you feel weak and ache and get dizzy. This is caused by the body's reaction. Inflammation of the ear can make you dizzy, and inflammation of the brain can make you dizzy. Best to have a thorough examination to be sure a more serious process is not taking place. ...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