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Dr. Stephen Scholand
1,184 doctors shared insights

Gastroenteritis (Overview)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small intestine from any cause.


Dr. Stephen Scholand
1,184 doctors shared insights

Gastroenteritis (Overview)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small intestine from any cause.


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Treating the Stomach Flu (Tip)

Treating the Stomach Flu

Take it easy; rest. Be gentle with your stomach. Water, then bland foods. ...See more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

See a doctor if you are vomiting/stooling uncontrollably
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Hydrate yourself to keep up with your losses. Water is best.
Daily
Practice good hand washing to help prevent spread of stomach viruses
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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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Treating the Stomach Flu (Tip)

Treating the Stomach Flu

It is usually self limited. Avoid citrics, dairy products, caffeine, spicy foods, chocolates, mints. ...See more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get plenty of sleep
daily
Avoid contact with sick people
Once
Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
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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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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