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Dr. Frank Linn
51 doctors shared insights

Gi Infections (Overview)

Gastrointestinal infections are bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections of some aspect of the gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach and the intestines.


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What are different ways to treat GI infections?

What are different ways to treat GI infections?

Depends: Many GI infections need no specific treatment other than replacing fluids and electrolytes, controlling diarrhea and nausea and vomiting and then watching carefully. Some GI infections may need antibiotic treatment, but would need to know the cause of the infection to give specific advice. ...Read more

Dr. Frank Linn
51 doctors shared insights

Gi Infections (Overview)

Gastrointestinal infections are bacterial, viral, or parasitic infections of some aspect of the gastrointestinal tract, including the stomach and the intestines.


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What could cause a GI tract infection?

What could cause a GI tract infection?

Bugs, bugs , bugs: Most GI tract infections (gastroenteritis) are caused by bacterial or viral contamination of what we eat. Proper hand washing , food prep techniques and food storage techniques should prevent these but most people get sick when they take shortcuts-- not washing hands, eating food from fridge that's too old, meat not cooked thoroughly, etc. ...Read more

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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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What is the treatment for GI infections?

What is the treatment for GI infections?

Depends..: ...On the diagnosis. Parasitic infections (giardia for example) are treated differently than bacterial. And each bacterial colitis may have a different antibiotic. There are no treatments for viral gastroenteritis. To sort this out you need a stool culture and parasite exam as the first step. After a diagnosis you move on to picking a treatment option. ...Read more

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What are different ways to treat GI infections?

Depends: Many GI infections need no specific treatment other than replacing fluids and electrolytes, controlling diarrhea and nausea and vomiting and then watching carefully. Some GI infections may need antibiotic treatment, but would need to know the cause of the infection to give specific advice. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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What is the treatment for GI infections?

Depends..: ...On the diagnosis. Parasitic infections (giardia for example) are treated differently than bacterial. And each bacterial colitis may have a different antibiotic. There are no treatments for viral gastroenteritis. To sort this out you need a stool culture and parasite exam as the first step. After a diagnosis you move on to picking a treatment option. ...Read more

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What do I do if I think I have a GI infection?

It depends: Infections most often cause diarrhea, often accompanied by pain or bloating. Diarrhea is often due to viruses and treated by clear fluids or electrolye drinks, then bland food (bananas, rice, etc) until it improves. Vomiting is treated similarly. You should see your doctor asap if there's blood passed, severe pain, high fevers. Or you cannot keep down enough fluids, or if recent travel abroad. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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What causes viral GI infection and how can I treat it?

What causes viral GI infection and how can I treat it?

A virus: Here's great advice for little people as well as adults. Drink water - especially the kind w/ electroytes and other good stuff. Get potassium - banana, potato, etc. It should pass in 2-5 days. Read this and call doctor if not better soon. http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-treat-a-stomach-virus Best! ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Charles Cattano
1,231 doctors shared insights

Gastroenterology (Definition)

Gastroenterology is a field of study in which a person specializes in the function and disorders of the entire digestive tract, which begins at the lips and ends at the anus. Included organs are the pancreas, ...Read more