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How long does diarrhea and vomiting associated with gastroenteritis last?

How long does diarrhea and vomiting associated with gastroenteritis last?

It depends on cause: Most viral gastroenteritis last an average of 3 days, some may last up to a week. The most important thing to consider is how well hydrated the child is, and if the child is able to keep fluids down. Be familiar with signs of dehydreation and consult your docor. ...Read more

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Are there any effective over-the-counter medications to stop diarrhea and vomiting associated with gastroenteritis?

Are there any effective over-the-counter medications to stop diarrhea and vomiting associated with gastroenteritis?

Yes: Imodium (loperamide) a-d is available. Never use in children unless directed by your doctor (hardly any pediatrician will recommend). In older kids (over 12) and adults use cautiously only if diarrhea is watery, with no fever or abdominal pain and is causing dehydration (excessive loss of fluids) and you are not being able to drink enough back up. ...Read more

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Vomited/fever 5 nights ago, seemed to get better (tho appetite never returned) and only now am having diarrhea. Is this common for gastroenteritis?

Vomited/fever 5 nights ago, seemed to get better (tho appetite never returned) and only now am having diarrhea. Is this common for gastroenteritis?

Most likely: The common viral gastroenteritis usally takes about 5-7 days to run its course(no pun intended). If your symptoms persist; or if you have any additional symptoms best to see you doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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My daughter woke up Thursday morning with vomiting and diarrhea. She went to Dr. And its gastroenteritis.Vomiting is gone,diarrhea not.now what?

My daughter woke up Thursday morning with vomiting and diarrhea. She went to Dr. And its gastroenteritis.Vomiting is gone,diarrhea not.now what?

"BRAT diet": Continue to encourage hydration with simple fluids: water, electrolyte replacement fluids etc. Steer clear of dairy products and sweetened drinks (juices, "koolaide" etc). Encourage bland, easy to digest foods like: saltine crackers, dry toast, oatmeal, rice cereal, bananas, apple sauce. Her GI tract needs a little time to recover from the gastroenteritis. ...Read more

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Is it still viral gastroenteritis if diarrhea began BEFORE vomiting? Diarrhea for 3 hrs, then vomiting too, now just watery diarrhea. 27/F. Scared.

Is it still viral gastroenteritis if diarrhea began BEFORE vomiting? Diarrhea for 3 hrs, then vomiting too, now just watery diarrhea. 27/F. Scared.

Yes, can be viral: The order of diarrhea and vomiting doesn't predict whether what you have is viral since can present both ways. Should you have bloody diarrhea or fever over 102 F then would go to your doctor. More than likely you have viral gastroenteritis and will run its course over 3 to 5 days. Can try some peptobismol ...Read more

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I believe i've got serratia-gastroenteritis. I don't have diarrhea or vomiting. Would taking magnesium citrate be good to flush it all out?

I believe i've got serratia-gastroenteritis. I don't have diarrhea or vomiting. Would taking magnesium citrate be good to flush it all out?

No: Why do you think you have gastroenteritis? Why do you think serratia is causing whatever symptoms you have? If you do not have diarrhea or vomiting, then what DO you have???? If you think you are sick, stop fooling around and see a health pro. ...Read more

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Can sudden loss of fluids (vomiting or diarrhea from gastroenteritis) cause seizures? I had a few episodes of loc and convulsions with a negative eeg.

Can sudden loss of fluids (vomiting or diarrhea from gastroenteritis) cause seizures? I had a few episodes of loc and convulsions with a negative eeg.

Unlikely: You may become dehydrated and lower your blood pressure some, but this will seldom result in loss of consciousness and rarely result in seizures. You need to be seen and fully evaluated, preferably by a good general clinician with referral to a neurologist if no cardiac issues seem to be involved. ...Read more

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My husband has nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after being diagnosed with gastroenteritis, and treated in the hospital, what now? My husband (43 years old) was in the hospital for 4 days and treated with IV fluids and IV protonix then sent home and is havin

My husband has nausea, vomiting and diarrhea after being diagnosed with gastroenteritis, and treated in the hospital, what now? My husband (43 years old) was in the hospital for 4 days and treated with IV fluids and IV protonix then sent home and is havin

If : If the symptoms are not improving then he needs to be re-evaluated by his doctor or in an urgent care or er. There may be another issue going on such as pancreatitis, appendicitis, or choleycystitis. In the meantime make sure he drinks plenty of fluids and sees a doctor right away. Good luck. ...Read more

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Gastroenteritis for 1 week. No vomiting but diarrhea, abd cramping and fever. Now still cramps but also low back pain. Is the back pain related?

Gastroenteritis for 1 week. No vomiting but diarrhea, abd cramping and fever. Now still cramps but also low back pain. Is the back pain related?

Possibly: Be seen and have a exam and a stool analysis. Make sure you are keeping up with your fluids. A urine should be checked as sometimes diarrheal disease can cause kidney problems. Kidneys are generally higher in the back. All the best. ...Read more

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


Dr. Oscar Novick
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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more