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If my roommate possibly has gastroenteritis and threw up in our bathroom can I shower without getting sick?

If my roommate possibly has gastroenteritis and threw up in our bathroom can I shower without getting sick?

Do good handwashing: Gastro is generally passed by the oral secretions of the infected person. The germ can live for hours on door knobs or other surfaces they touch after they have touched their face or mouth. Avoid contaminated surfaces when you can & practice frequent hand washing. Don't share towels or other linen or drink from the same glass.You can shower in the same br if you follow these rules. ...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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If my roommate possibly has gastroenteritis and threw up in our bathroom can I use the toilet without getting sick?

If my roommate possibly has gastroenteritis and threw up in our bathroom can I use the toilet without getting sick?

Yes: Toilet seat should be cleaned with antiseptic. Remember to wash hand thoroughly. Use your sleeve or piece of paper for inner door handle, the last person may not have washed their hands. ...Read more

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On day two of viral gastroenteritis. Had fluids at hospital. Can I take immodium? Have to work and can't be ruining to bathroom.

On day two of viral gastroenteritis. Had fluids at hospital. Can I take immodium? Have to work and can't be ruining to bathroom.

Yes, you can take: imodium as long as you take it as instructed on the package for no longer recommended. Overuse can cause constipation and nausea. If you stay well-hydrated & wash your hands well after using the bathroom, you and your co-workers should be just fine. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Can I use the same bathroom as someone who has the stomach flu?

Can I use the same bathroom as someone who has the stomach flu?

Sharing bathroom: Generally we all do. Many homes have only one bathroom so there is no choice. As long as you wash your hands with soap regularly, you have reduced your risk substantially. If you know your house partner has a terrible diarrhea, it would be a good idea to wipe the toilet seat with a germicidal or alcohol wipe. ...Read more

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My sister has the stomach flu and we share the same bathroom!What are the chances of me getting it?

My sister has the stomach flu and we share the same bathroom!What are the chances of me getting it?

See answer: As long as you both have good hygiene and wash your hands and clean bathroom surfaces with a disinfectant, then the chances are slim hopefully! ...Read more

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What happens if you hold in diarrhea when you have stomach flu? I'm too afraid to go to the bathroom :|will it go away eventually, or whatwill happen?

What happens if you hold in diarrhea when you have stomach flu? I'm too afraid to go to the bathroom :|will it go away eventually, or whatwill happen?

Diarrhea: If you really have diarrhea, there is no way you can keep it in for a long time. Your intestines will cramp and because the stool if watery, it will come out. It is better to let it out as the infection will go with it, so eventually it will go away. Keep up with fluid. ...Read more

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I'm i getting the stomach flu i can hold anything on my stomach and i vomit and has to go use the bathroom .Help?

I'm i getting the stomach flu i can hold anything on my stomach and i vomit and has to go use the bathroom  .Help?

Get some Immodium: , keep up with fluids and try generic zantac (ranitidine). If you are vomiting badly you may need to be seen for nausea medicine. You are assuming a virus but what about food poisoning or a stomach ulcer. If persistent then go in, good luck. ...Read more

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I just had a 24 hour stomach flu. Towards the end of it I passed out (syncope) twice in my bathroom. Is this normal? I hit my head badly the 2nd time.

I just had a 24 hour stomach flu. Towards the end of it I passed out (syncope) twice in my bathroom. Is this normal? I hit my head badly the 2nd time.

Likely dehydration: Likely dehydration contributing. Would suggest hydration, either by mouth or IV if unable to keep fluids down. If cardiac history as suggested by procedures, time for a visit to ER. ...Read more

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Gastroenteritis infected my whole family in less than a week. Is it possible for my children to catch it again from me now that I'm ill too?

Gastroenteritis infected my whole family in less than a week. Is it possible for my children to catch it again from me now that I'm ill too?

Not likely: Part of the recovery is for your body to make antibodies that are protective against reinfection . Unless the kids have some type of immune deficiencies, they should be making these protective antibodies. Still would practice good handwashing and not give good-night kisses until everyone is better ...Read more

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I accidentally broke a small light bulb today. Apparently if it contained mercury it can give you gastroenteritis. Am I going to get sick now ?

I accidentally broke a small light bulb today. Apparently if it contained mercury it can give you gastroenteritis. Am I going to get sick now ?

Probably not: Mercury is contained in the newer CFL bulbs, the ones that look like this picture. It is not present in significant amounts in older bulbs. If you got it on your hands, you should wash them well with water and follow the clean-up instructions here: http://www2.epa.gov/cfl/cleaning-broken-cfl Mercury can harm young children and unborn babies. It's generally harmful to others only in large amounts. ...Read more

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I had gastroenteritis a week ago and now my family members are sick with it. I've recovered from my sickness, but can I catch it from them again?

I had gastroenteritis a week ago and now my family members are sick with it. I've recovered from my sickness, but can I catch it from them again?

Not likely: If it is a viral cause then probably not as you have already been exposed. If it is another cause then it is possible. Please practice good hand washing while your household members are sick. ...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?

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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What are symptoms of gastroenteritis? I have a constant turning stomach which is very painful and I feel sick and I have had diarrhoea

What are symptoms of gastroenteritis? I have a constant turning stomach which is very painful and I feel sick and I have had diarrhoea

Sx's: Gastroenteritis symptoms may include: diarrhea , nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches & pains as well as fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). The average is 1 to 3 days. ...Read more

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NOT prego! Does gastroenteritis come and go? Last 2 nights up with diarrhea, then stops &nausea all day! Thoughts? I'm confused!! But just feel sick?!

NOT prego! Does gastroenteritis come and go? Last 2 nights up with diarrhea, then stops &nausea all day! Thoughts? I'm confused!! But just feel sick?!

Se answer: Symptoms suggest viral gastroenteritis. You can read about it here > http://bit.ly/1vxEW0V Ginger tea and Ginger Ale can help nausea. Slow deep breathing also helps. If symptoms continue see your Dr for a precise diagnosis and treatment. ...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!. ...Read more

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Had Gastroenteritis, got extremely sick the day of my period. Period was abnormally much lighter (2 days, usually 5/heavy). Due to sickness? Pregnant?

Had Gastroenteritis, got extremely sick the day of my period. Period was abnormally much lighter (2 days, usually 5/heavy). Due to sickness? Pregnant?

Possible: It wouldn't hurt to take a pregnancy test. A light period with positive pregnancy test can sometimes happen with impending miscarriage or ectopic (pregnancy outside the uterus.) If you are not pregnant, gastrointestinal illness, or even endometriosis (condition where uterine lining tissue also grows in the pelvic) may be to blame. See your provider to clarify. ...Read more

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I have viral gastroenteritis & I noticed I got tiny white bumps on my lip border. They've been there since I got sick(5days). Are they related ?

Ans: Well perhaps. You seem to have been pretty sick. Let's see if these lesions resolve on their own when you begin to feel better ...Read more

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Chest feel strange can feel heart beat. Bit itchy.. Was in ibiza and had to go hospital consistently getting sick gastroenteritis Monday night?

Chest feel strange can feel heart beat.  Bit itchy..  Was in ibiza and had to go hospital consistently getting sick gastroenteritis Monday night?

See your physician: Feeling your heart beat, if it is not irregular, is generally due t o anxiety. Gastroenteritis, especially when you go away on vacation, suggests an infection with a bacteria or parasite (and sometimes a viral infection) that you acquired in Ibiza You need to see your physician, who can do testing to find the cause and the proper treatment. ...Read more

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How long for a child to eat again after pot gastroenteritis? Still not after a week, says sick feeling in throat, lethargic and pale, doc gave antacid

How long for a child to eat again after pot gastroenteritis? Still not after a week, says sick feeling in throat, lethargic and pale, doc gave antacid

Re-evaluation: Please take your daughter to the hospital again, she needs to be re-evaluated given your description, meanwhile push more oral fluids till seen, good luck ...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