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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Overview)

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 fluids to prevent dehydration.


Dr. Stephen Scholand
1,250 Doctors shared insights

Gastroenteritis (Overview)

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 fluids to prevent dehydration.


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What people are at risk for gastroenteritis?

What people are at risk for gastroenteritis?

Gastro: Gastroenteritis is usually caused by a virus and just like the flu is transmitted from person to person. Unlike the flu, it is usually transmitted by poor hand hygeine. It can come in waves on certain communities and during certain tomes of year (spring/summer). Anyone can get gastroenteritis - prevention with good hand washing and food storage is key. ...Read more

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Aside from diarrhea and vomiting, what are the symptoms of gastroenteritis?

Aside from diarrhea and vomiting, what are the symptoms of gastroenteritis?

Many: Symptoms include abdominal cramps, poor appetite, fever, headache, irritability and tiredness. Watch out for signs of dehydration- dark urine, decreased urination, dry lips, sunken eyes. ...Read more

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How long does gastroenteritis remain contagious?

Up to 3 weeks: Rotavirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis, is shed in the stool for up to 21 days. Obviously most kids are not excluded from daycare that long after an illness, which is why hand hygiene is so important. ...Read more

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Is vomiting always a symptom of gastroenteritis?

Is vomiting always a symptom of gastroenteritis?

No: Many times, vomiting occurs with gastroenteritis, but not always. Abdominal pain, cramping, fever and nausea may also occur with or without vomiting. Vomiting can also be a symptom of many other conditions. It 's important to let the stomach rest before trying to drink anything and even then take only small sips at a time of room temperature liquids. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of gastroenteritis?

Vomiting & diarrhea: Gastroenteritis can present with diffuse or localized abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea. Other symptoms may include nausea, fever, and cramping. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed wd gastroenteritis. Given 14 pills for 14 days. Should I continue medication cuz I'm well now on the 6th day?

Stay on treatment: Best to stay on the prescribed treatment but certainly follow with the physician after treatment ends. If symptoms worsen or recur, return to see the doctor quickly. ...Read more

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Ok I've got gastroenteritis. What should I do?

Fluid: Stay well hydrated, control nausea and get some bed rest until symptoms have improved. This seldom lasts more than a day or two, and if it stays longer see your doctor. Drink plenty of fluids and if you cannot keep things down - see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do I get frequent viral infections?, blood test and urine test came back good. I get 1-2 colds a month and had gastroenteritis in march

Why do I get frequent viral infections?, blood test and urine test came back good. I get 1-2 colds a month and had gastroenteritis in march

Infectious Dis. Eval: Although your life style may be related to your frequent colds, for example, being with young children who are sick or being a teacher and being exposed to children who should have remained at home because they have colds, I would advise an infectious disease specialist. The latter can give you a much more extensive evaluation of your immune status profile. Blood test not enough. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have gastroenteritis or stomach ulcer because of ibuprofen?

How do you know if you have gastroenteritis or stomach ulcer because of ibuprofen?

Cause and effect: If you are a chronic user of Ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and you are symptomatic (abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, blood in the stool etc) it is very possible that the drug is the cause. A more common cause of a stomach ulcer is helicobacter pylori (a bacterium that can infect the stomach). A gastroenterologist can help make the diangosis with endoscopy if needed. ...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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Is neuropathy associated with guilain barre syndrome treatable and if so, how do I treat it and relieve the painful symptoms? My neurosurgeon just informed me that I have g.B.S. And had it since may 2011 following a stomach flu I had 2 weeks before my sym

Is neuropathy associated with guilain barre syndrome treatable and if so, how do I treat it and relieve the painful symptoms? My neurosurgeon just informed me that I have g.B.S. And had it since may 2011 following a stomach flu I had 2 weeks before my sym

Your: Your case presents a few dilemmas. Gbs is a group of autoimmune diseases targeted at the peripheral nerves and causing acute progressive weakness, usually an ascending paralysis.

The history usually entails the following:
•upper respiratory or diarrheal disease within previous 1–3 weeks in 50–70%: c. Jejuni (~40%), cytomegalovirus (13%), epstein-barr virus (10%), mycoplasma pneumoniae (5%), or hiv
•dysesthesias (painful tingling), paresthesias (tingling) of the feet and hands are usually the earliest symptoms.
•pain is common- especially back pain which can radiate to the legs and not usually associated with myalgias (muscle pain).
•gait disorder common in all age groups- this is the most common presentation in children
•neck muscle weakness, dysphagia, and dysarthria are predictors of respiratory failure.

The physical exam frequently reveals the following:
•acute, symmetric, and usually ascending weakness of limbs within days of dysesthesias
•areflexia (no reflexes) or hyporeflexia (reduced reflexes) and muscle weakness, decreased position and vibratory sensation
•respiratory muscle paralysis 30% if untreated
•cranial nerve involvement <50%; usually facial weakness, 10–20% ophthalmoparesis (loss of eye movement)
•dysautonomia (abnormal autonomic nervous system responses) (50%): labile blood pressure, arrhythmias, ileus (paralysis of bowel function), urinary retention;
•miller-fisher variant: ophthalmoplegia, ataxia, areflexia

important lab tests
•csf: elevated protein and normal white blood cells (wbcs; albuminocytologic dissociation) are characteristic with a normal opening pressure.
•emg: this shows a pattern of demyelination with prolonged latencies and a reduced motor compound action potential.

The medications usually used are one or more of the following:
•immune globulin (ivig)
•plasmapheresis or plasma exchange

most patients reach the plateau phase within 3 weeks of admission, and muscle strength is expected to improve. The prognosis is:
•complete recovery: 50%
•some residual disability: 45%
•severe permanent disability: 5%

hence, the dilemma as you report no improvement and in fact worsening. Furthermore, a lesion within the spinal cord (myelopathy) can present with similar symptoms as the ones you provide. A few pertinent questions to help discern the cause would include whether you have had a lumbar puncture and EMG and what did these results show?
I hope this answers your questions. Good luck and well wishes. ...Read more

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Is there any doctor in south texas that can treat viral gastroenteritis or viral infections?

Is there any doctor in south texas that can treat viral gastroenteritis or viral infections?

Usually don't need: To see the doctor to treat viral gastroenteritis or a cold. However, usually a GP and up can tx if necessary. ...Read more

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What works for treating viral gastroenteritis in children?

Hydration: The primary treatment in viral gastroenteritis is a close attention to hydration. A source of fluids through oral rehydration fluids, and some solids like applesause, steamed rice, unseasoned pasta and bananas, all help. With proper hydration, most kids will self heal over a few days. ...Read more

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What're the causes and treatment for viral gastroenteritis?

Symptomatic: Hydration and symptom control with drugs that treat nausea and/or diarrhea. ...Read more

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Will the morning after pill work if you have stomach flu or other diarrheal disease?

Will the morning after pill work if you have stomach flu or other diarrheal disease?

Pill with stomachflu: I would always ask your ob-gyn or pharmacist also, but as long as you are able to keep the medicine down and not vomit it up (for at least an hour), an oral medicine should be absorbed ok. ...Read more

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What people are at risk for gastroenteritis?

Gastro: Gastroenteritis is usually caused by a virus and just like the flu is transmitted from person to person. Unlike the flu, it is usually transmitted by poor hand hygeine. It can come in waves on certain communities and during certain tomes of year (spring/summer). Anyone can get gastroenteritis - prevention with good hand washing and food storage is key. ...Read more

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Can cooking food longer and at a higher temperature prevent gastroenteritis?

Not the common types: These are mostly spread by dirty hands. Overcooking and boiling drinking water can prevent some foodborne infections such as e coli or listeria, though. ...Read more

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What are the kinds of things you can do to avoid gastroenteritis?

Stop eating?: Gastroenteritis is typically an inflammation of the stomach and bowel, most commonly due to an ingested infectious agent (viral, bacterial, parasitic). Be aware of kitchen hygiene in preparing foods for others, and in prelude to ingesting foods prepared by others. When in public spaces, avoid touching common surfaces, carry disinfectant or wash hands frequently if contact is unavoidable. ...Read more

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What is gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis: Gastroenteritis is a condition in which there is a combination of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. It can be caused by a variety of viral, bacterial and parasitic pathogens. The causative agent for most cases of gastroenteritis is never isolated and the responsible agent never diagnosed.
http://patient. Info/doctor/gastroenteritis-in-adults-and-older-children ...Read more

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What is gastroenteritis?

Is the fancy name: For "stomach flu". It's an infection, usually viral that results in vomiting or diarrhea. ...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


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