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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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Had my IVIG today and infusion room also had patients positive for influenza A & B and gastroenteritis. Anything else I can do besides panic about getting sick?

Had my IVIG today and infusion room also had patients positive for influenza A & B and gastroenteritis. Anything else I can do besides panic about getting sick?

Don't panic: Take a deep breath: 1) reassure yourself you are ready to take action if and when you develop symptoms of the flu like fever, malaise, diarrhea, achy joints, cough 2) call your doctor and get a prescription for oseltamivir 3) wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently 4) Avoid touching eyes/mouth 5) I hope you received a flu shot this year, and 6) Stay calm- you'll make it through! .

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What does high neutrophils and low lymphocytes in a patient with gastroenteritis and pancreatitis indicate? Could this be a result of an autoimmune condition? On another occasion in the same patient, what about normal neutrophils but low lymphocytes prese

What does high neutrophils and low lymphocytes in a patient with gastroenteritis and pancreatitis indicate? Could this be a result of an autoimmune condition? On another occasion in the same patient, what about normal neutrophils but low lymphocytes prese

Neutrophils: Both conditions are acute inflammatory conditions and would cause this picture- high neutrophils and low lymphocytes. This is what is known as a left shift and is commonly seen. Although an autoimmune process may be an underlying cause this specific WBC reaction is not an indication of autoimmunity.

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My husband is a renal transplant patient. He was diagnosis today w/ gastroenteritis. 1hr ago he had no fever now his temp is 103 I don't know what to do.?

Call his doctor: Particularly if he's immunosuppressed - this may not be a straightforward gastroenteritis. A 103 fever in any adult, let alone a transplant patient, is serious.

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What is the definition of a hard and bloated stomach or upper abdominal? And does it affect gastroenteritis patients?

What is the definition of a hard and bloated stomach or upper abdominal? And does it affect gastroenteritis patients?

Bloated stomach: Your question is kind of vague, you have to explain more or call in our consult service, Upper abdominal mostly refers to problem above the belly button involves stomach, duodenum, small intestine, gall bladder areas. Gastroenteritis means inflammation or infection in the stomach and small intestine that can cause bloating in the upper abdomen. Hope it helps.

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Is it possible for a patient to ever be totally cured from dysentery?

Is it possible for a patient to ever be totally cured from dysentery?

Yes: Dysentery is a severe infection with the passage of mucous and blood and is usually caused by a bacterial infection such as salmonella, shigella, campylobacter of e coli 0157:h7. If these are treated with the appropriat antibiotics (in the case of salmonella and e. Coli antibiotics are usually not used and they resolve spontaneously) they can be totally cured.

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Can a vegan diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

Can a vegan diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

Unlikely: There is no reason a vegan diet would specifically help recurrent gastroenteritis. You should see your provider to find out a possible cause.

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2nd day BRAT diet after severe gastroenteritis requiring ER IV fluids, no food at all for 2 days. Anything else ican eat?

2nd day BRAT diet after severe gastroenteritis requiring ER IV fluids, no food at all for 2 days. Anything else ican eat?

GE: You can probably advance to solid food that is not fried. Boiled, broiled or baked with limited fat contents. You may want to avoid lactose containing food since transient deficiency in the enzyme that breaks down lactose can occur. You may get alternative point of view from other physicians

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Can a vegan/vegetarian diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

Can a vegan/vegetarian diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

Yes it can: Depending on what you are eating. Light healthy vegetarian diet is good for GI health. Rice and lentils are good source of carb and protein during diarrhea, make sure eat plenty of yogurt and probiotics for good bacteria.

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Will a vegan/vegetarian diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

Will a vegan/vegetarian diet help with recurring gastroenteritis?

No: Gastroenteritis means an inflammation of the stomach and/or intestines. There are many causes. Self-limited viruses are the most common cause. Other causes include lactose (dairy) intolerance, celiac disease (wheat gluten sensitivity), inflammatory bowel disease (crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) and others. If it is recurring, it should be further investigated by your doctor.

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I am sufferin 4m gastroenteritis fa 3 days. Ws takin oly curd rice n butter milk fa past 3 days. Bt my doctor sayin tat diet vil incrse my probs. S t so?

I am sufferin 4m gastroenteritis fa 3 days. Ws takin oly curd rice n butter milk fa past 3 days. Bt my doctor sayin tat diet vil incrse my probs. S t so?

Butter milk is hard: On gut. 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.

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Brat diet for 14 days with viral gastroenteritis is this good? And still do not feel too god maybe because of the lack if nutrients in the diet.

Brat diet for 14 days with viral gastroenteritis is this good? And still do not feel too god maybe because of the lack if nutrients in the diet.

Gastroenteritis: 14 days with gastro? Are you sure of your diagnosis. Usually simple "stomach bugs" don't last that long. My usual recommendation is to push fluids for the first 24 hrs, then when adding food back to follow "BRAT" diet for another 24-48 hrs. I suggest a visit to your doctor for a thorough assessment of what si going on. Good luck!

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Can you tell me of any special diets for "stomach flu immunity"?

Can you tell me of any special diets for "stomach flu immunity"?

No nt available: I do not believe there is a diet available. But not eating with patients or sharing food and washing hands can help.

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Hi. I had the stomach flu 4 days ago. Lasted about 24 hours. Now haven't had a bm for 3 days. Soft diet of water, soup, toast, pudding, and applesauce?

Hi. I had the stomach flu 4 days ago. Lasted about 24 hours. Now haven't had a bm for 3 days. Soft diet of water, soup, toast, pudding, and applesauce?

No fiber diet so far: Time to reintroduce fiber to your diet and liberalize water intake. If resumption of normal eating habits does not result in normalization of your stooling, further evaluation may be warranted.

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I am having stomach flu since 4 days. I am experiencing pain in tummy and have not seen doctor so far. Pls help in what is cure and diet?

Agree w Dr. Cattano: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest. According to the cdc, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). Take care.

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Stomach flu with nausea but no vomiting or diarrhea. Possible for the BRAT diet to prolong the problem by being too much for my stomach?

Stomach flu with nausea but no vomiting or diarrhea. Possible for the BRAT diet to prolong the problem by being too much for my stomach?

BRAT diet: The foods you’re eating during this illness shouldn’t ultimately have any bearing on the duration of the illness. Viral infections are self-limited, and foodborne illnesses generally have a predictable timeframe based on the infecting agent.

Dr. David Cohen
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Stomach Flu (Definition)

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

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