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Does bacterial or viral gastroenteritis have more severe symptoms?

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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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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On average how long from the start of viral gastroenteritis symptoms to get to the point of the severe nausea/vomiting stage?

Symptom duration: Well there are quite a number of variables here-such as 'what virus', 'you' the patient, your condition 'before you got sick' etc. So it's hard to give a precise answer. Most of the times, it's just a day or two. If it's longer than that, then it may not be 'so simple' after all and would need professional evaluation. Dehydration, kidney damage, 'passing out', falls, muscle damage etc could result ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of viral gastroenteritis?

What are the symptoms of viral gastroenteritis?

Hukes and spews 2: By definition, there has to be nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It can also include abdominal pain, cramping, occasionally fever, and occasionally blood in the vomit or stool. ...Read more

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Ate steamed oysters 12/6. Entered hosp. On 12/8 with severe viral gastroenteritis. Still having loose, yellow stool. Normal for situation?

Ate steamed oysters 12/6. Entered hosp. On 12/8 with severe viral gastroenteritis. Still having loose, yellow stool. Normal for situation?

Yes: It is quite common for viral gastroenteritis severe enough to require hospitalization to upsel the colon for a long while until you are able to "repopulate" normal bowel organisms. Not to worry you WILL get better! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Where and when does viral gastroenteritis occur?

Where and when does viral gastroenteritis occur?

Stomach bug: Viral gastroenteritis is medical lingo for a stomach bug. The virus attaches to the cells of the GI tract causing it to increase secretion or inhibit absorption leading to vomiting diarrhea. It tends to be very infectious ANS spreads through areas of close contacts. Good handwashing is a must. ...Read more

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Do you think I should not be around baby if I have viral gastroenteritis?

Do you think I should not be around baby if I have viral gastroenteritis?

Avoid contact : Viral gastrointestinal infections can be very contagious. They usually resolve on own without any intervention but can cause significant fluid loss. In an adult it rarely causes much problem but a child can get dehydrated much easier and may require fluid replacement. Since they resolve quickly it is better to wait to interact with children. ...Read more

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How do you tell viral gastroenteritis from influenza?

Symptoms different: Influenza does not ususally give gut symptoms like gastroenteritis. Flu begins abruptly w/ muscle ; joint aches, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose ; fatigue. Flu complications: pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, ; ear infections. Viral gastroenteritis: diarrhea, vomiting, belly pain. Complications: dehydration, electrolyte disturbance. The term 'stomach flu' is a misnomer and creates confusion. ...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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Are there new treatments for viral gastroenteritis in adults?

Agree w Dr. Raff: 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. No fancy new treatments. ...Read more

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Is it any relation between appendectomy and viral gastroenteritis ?

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Is it any relation between appendectomy and viral gastroenteritis ?

No: Appendectomy refers to surgery to remove appendix. Viral gastroenteritis is code for stomach flu. There's no relationship unless your stomach flu was mistaken for acute appendicitis for which you underwent appendectomy. ...Read more

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Basically went doctors friday and was signed off work due to having viral gastroenteritis yeyesterday felt like was ok until kept being sick every hou?

Agree w Dr. Raff: 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). ...Read more

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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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I had viral gastroenteritis for a week. What should I do?

I had viral gastroenteritis for a week. What should I do?

Are you better?: Your use of the past tense suggests that you're over it. If so, you should do nothing. But if you still have diarrhea, i'd suggest avoiding milk products until you've completely recovered. Diarrheal illnesses can cause you to be temporarily lactose intolerant, so milk products can delay recovery. ...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


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