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Doctor insights on: Gastroenteritis Risk Factors

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Dr. Dilawar Singh Dr. Singh
General Practice
27 years in practice
University of Delhi, Maulana Azad Medical College
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What are some of the risk factors for getting Gastroenteritis?

What are some of the risk factors for getting Gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis: Most commonly - food and water borne-- Guardia , campylobacter etc - viral - bacterial - food poisoning may give similar symptoms ...Read more

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Dr. David Cohen
830 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Marion Mcfarland Dr. Mcfarland
Emergency Medicine
43 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What is gastroenteritis?

What is gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis is: usually a viral illness affecting the GI tract. Sx's: 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). Average is 1 to 3 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen Dr. Wallen
Pediatrics
31 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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What is gastroenteritis?

What is gastroenteritis?

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

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Dr. Jonathan Song Dr. Song
Gynecology
years in practice
Rush Medical College
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Can sex spread gastroenteritis?

Usually Yes.: Any exchange of body fluid can potentially increase one's risk for an infection. If either you or your partner is sick, i would advise to take a break until everyone is better. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ekizian Dr. Ekizian
Internal Medicine
16 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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Can you die from gastroenteritis?

Yes: Rotavirus group a is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis worldwide. It causes a dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children. More than a half-million infants and young children worldwide die of rotavirus gastroenteritis each year (parashar et al, 2009). Fatalities from viral gastroenteritis are more likely to occur in those at the extremes of age or the immunocompromised. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Steven Bowers Dr. Bowers
Internal Medicine
29 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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Do a lot of people get gastroenteritis?

Yes: It is a common illness caused by a virus that has no specific cure. Fortunately, gastroenteritis is self-limited and resolves without specific treatment. Treatment is supportive and symptom directed. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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Dr. Brandon Greene Dr. Greene
Pediatrics
5 years in practice
Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University
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How long does gastroenteritis usually last?

Depends on the cause: But given the fact that the majority of all gastroenteritis cases are caused by viruses, in someone with a healthy immune system, viral gastroenteritis usually lasts somewhere between 4-10 days. Bacterial and toxin-mediated illness can be longer or shorter, depending on the cause. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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How to know if I still have gastroenteritis?

Symptoms: The symptoms of Stomach Flu (Viral Gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). ...Read more

Dr. Shalabh Bansal Dr. Bansal
Pediatrics
9 years in practice
Saba University School of Medicine (coursework from 1/1/02 to present)
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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

Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Jackie Lam Dr. Lam
Family Medicine
13 years in practice
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
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What to eat when suffering from gastroenteritis?

What to eat when suffering from gastroenteritis?

Bland diet: Take it easy and try to have a bland diet - banana, rice, toast, and plenty of fluid. ...Read more

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale Dr. Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
69 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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How can my cooking give my friend gastroenteritis?

Bad cooking!: It means that the food you served contained bacferia that were not killed by cooking. ...Read more

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Dr. Ankush Bansal Dr. Bansal
Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
Creighton University School of Medicine
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How does one person give gastroenteritis to another?

Fecal-oral: This is generally hard to do. Usually other family members or friends/co-workers get infected by the same source as the original person (i.e., contaminated food). The most common way to transmit from person to person is poor hand hygiene in which the virus or bacteria is transmitted from someone's hands to another person's hands or clothes. That person then unknowingly ingests the pathogen. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
1,236 doctors shared insights

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