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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. Scott Keith
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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


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What is the definition or description of: GI infections?

What is the definition or description of: GI infections?

GI infections: GI infections = infection of digestive tract (may be from bacteria, viruses, or parasites). ...Read more

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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 some natural ways to get rid of sinus infections in children?

What are some natural ways to get rid of sinus infections in children?

See below: The majority of sinus infections (as well as ear infections) are caused by viruses and do not require an antibiotic. Medicines to promote mucus drainage may be helpful such as Mucinex (guaifenesin) or decongestants. Decongestants can cause side effects so check with your doctor before starting them. Saline rinses are also helpful. An antibiotic may be needed. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for urinary tract infections in children?

Guided antibiotics: Antibiotics guides by the results of a properly obtained urine culture is the standard of care for UTI treatment in kids. Treatment based on urinalysis or symptoms is often misdirected and at worst delays proper care. ...Read more

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Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

Yes: Colds (upper respiratory infections) are generally the trigger for ear infections in kids. Other factors are in play such as ear anatomy and the immune system, but without the virus or bacteria, infection is hard to come by. ...Read more

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What causes frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy?

What causes frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Weak respirations: As Duchennes muscular dystrophy progresses, the muscles of respiration become weakened. As a result the person does not have the forceful breathing and cough to clear secretions from the respiratory tract. As soon as a cold begins you should give vigorous chest physical therapy to mobilize the secretions and if necessary suction them. ...Read more

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What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy?

What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Impaired muscles: When dmd affects the muscles of breathing, patients have difficulty clearing secretions which can lead to increased infections. Chest pt can be useful to break the secretions up and allow them to be cleared. If there is an issue with scoliosis, this should be addressed early to prevent further repiratory compromise later in the disease course. ...Read more

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Could ear infections in children cause vomitting, without any other symptoms?

Could ear infections in children cause vomitting, without any other symptoms?

Vomiting in kids: Can be caused by ear infections. Acid reflux should be another consideration. ...Read more

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What are the best natural remedies for ear infections in children?

What are the best natural remedies for ear infections in children?

None: There are no substances that naturally cure ear infections. The body's immune system may cure itself and when not, antibiotics are needed. No other things have been shown to cure these infections despite claims made. ...Read more

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What's the optimal natural remedy for ear infections in children?

What's the optimal natural remedy for ear infections in children?

Be careful: Be careful with not treating ear infections in kids by seeing a doctor. There are some theories about psychiatric disorders coming from strep infections in children that were not treated or not treated appropriately. ...Read more

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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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Sympgoms of GI tract infections or problems?

Sympgoms of GI tract infections or problems?

Try these...: The GI tract can signal its distress with: nausea, vomiting, cramping, gassiness, belching, sharp/stabbing versus dull throbbing pain, hunger, burning/pyrosis, regurgitation, difficulty swallowing, obstructive symptoms, fullness, diarrhea, constipation, or any change in baseline stooling, bleeding (either upper GI or lower GI related), abdominal tenderness, distension, rectal discomfort. More... ...Read more

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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

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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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How long will it take to recoup lean body mass loss from GI infection of 1.5 months duration recovered spontaneously?

How long will it take to recoup lean body mass loss from GI infection of 1.5 months duration recovered spontaneously?

Depends on how much: You lost. Make sure you know why you got the GI infection so as not to repeat the problem. Eat healthy foods, take probiotics, and exercise. You'll probably be back to normal with in 3 months. ...Read more

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Can cronic MRSA infections in the nose cause GI Problems?

Can cronic MRSA infections in the nose cause GI Problems?

Unlikely: But one never knows fully until completely evaluated. Discuss with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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I hav suffered from yeast infections for years and it just dosnt GI away only when I treat it but coms back. How do I stop getting yeast infections?

This can: Certainly be a chronic problem. Will not be sorted out over the web. You need to get with the gyn, review the problems and the prior treatments, see if additional testing is needed, and figure out the plan going forward. ...Read more

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22 y/o f with sle. The IV site from GI tests last week is red/swollen/itchy, and have a worsening cold. Could I have an infection?

You need to see phy: Infection is something we would absolutely consider. You need to see your physician immediately. ...Read more

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I'm curious how can you have upper respiratory infection and GI virus at the same time?

VIRAL: Certain virus, for instance adenovirus, may affect both upper respiratory and GI tract. Although, usually this is a different subgroup of the virus. ...Read more

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Dark green almost black stool could I have a stomic infection. I know I have GI issues as I have ciliac dease pain in upper abdomen and in back?

Go to the Doctor: This could represent a life threatening GI bleed. Regardless of what it might be you need to be seen urgently. Please contact your physician for instructions. ...Read more

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Faint, lightheaded, dizzy, nausea in head not gi. Have sjogrens/ms etc. No infections. Bp okay. Hydrating/rest. Nausea med help? No new meds. My doc mon

Faint, lightheaded, dizzy, nausea in head not gi. Have sjogrens/ms etc. No infections. Bp okay. Hydrating/rest. Nausea med help? No new meds. My doc mon

Complicated: Check your BP supine (lying down) and then standing up. If it drops >20 points, it may be the cause of your symptoms which surely sound like low BP to me. ...Read more

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Had upper GI endoscopy to check for lesions. Could any dangerous entities (other than H. Pylori infection)...have been missed? I had been taking Nexium (PPI) up to the day before procedure (allowed by gastroenterologist)

Had upper GI endoscopy to check for lesions. Could any dangerous entities (other than H. Pylori infection)...have been missed? I had been taking Nexium (PPI) up to the day before procedure (allowed by gastroenterologist)

Followup w ur doctor: Generally w/o lesions, biopsies not taken unless symptoms or history (e.g. of ulcer) warrant including ruling out H pylori. However given ur age (esp prolonged nexium use), if severity warrants, discuss w ur doctor re diet and life style changes to decrease symptoms of reflux (if indeed reason for nexium) and rule out reversible esp causes if stomach symptoms - happy to consult further. ...Read more

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I have GI related problems such as H. Pylori and acid reflux. Last week when I saw my mouth the roof of my mouth looks white and its been a Awhile my breathe taste like infection and my gums really hurt and bleeds. Last week I felt something bothering me

I have GI related problems such as H. Pylori and acid reflux. Last week when I saw my mouth the roof of my mouth looks white and its been a Awhile my breathe taste like infection and my gums really hurt and bleeds. Last week I felt something bothering me

Consult Dentist: Esophageal reflux can cause dental and gum disease due to regurgitation of acid in the mouth especially at night time
With bad breath taste and bleeding gums. I suggest you make an appointment with your dentist asap and get your teeth and gums checked
At the same time you need to continue therapy from your Doctor or GI Specialist to control your acid reflux and Hpylori. ...Read more

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Bleeding red stools daily 1 month, gone now. Colonscopy cleared, CT scan showed few enlarged nodes around colon. Gi said infection. Ask 4 biopsy?

Bleeding red stools daily 1 month, gone now. Colonscopy cleared, CT scan showed few enlarged nodes around colon. Gi said infection. Ask 4 biopsy?

No: Red blood in stool more frequent from anal problems rather than colon, as such a neg. colonoscopy and as a result no area requiring bx. If digital exam does not define an anal lesion or internal hemmorhoids then whatever the problem has resolved and again no bx required. Check for a repeat bleed and this followed by anoscopy. ...Read more

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In the 9 months since my son was born he has had a GI bug, 3 viral infections, 3 ear infections and we are now battling thrush. Is he seriously ill?

In the 9 months since my son was born he has had a GI bug, 3 viral infections, 3 ear infections and we are now battling thrush. Is he seriously ill?

Doubt it: The average kid will lose his mothers protective antibodies at 3 months. They then have an average of 5 respiratory illnesses and 2-3 diarrheal illnesses/yr until age 5.Kids with significant immune problems have chronic thrush from birth and are hospitalized with a bone infection or blood infection by 4 months of age. Ear infections accompany uri's. Discuss with your doc, I see this in normal kids ...Read more

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What could cause enlarged lymph nodes near colon seen in CT scan? Colonscopy & biopsy clear. Was having rectal bleeding for 1 month. GI said infection

Lymph node: Enlargement is caused by infection or inflammation in the vast majority of cases. RARELY are they caused by cancer or lymphoma. If your GI says infection, I would be comfortable with it. ...Read more

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Is it true adults are at reduced risk of appendix bursts because of the fat which contains the infection? But children don't have as much fat?

Is it true adults are at reduced risk of appendix bursts because of the fat which contains the infection? But children don't have as much fat?

Could be, but...: Multiple factors decide how a disease may behave and progress, and more tissue such as fat around an abscess like fulminating appendicitis is likely to have more local tissue to wall it around, but such condition should not be construed as the sole factor to predict how it may do clinically. So, what you mentioned would not pose any clinically significant impact on how a patient should be managed. ...Read more

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Does e.Coli infections affect children worse then adults?

Does e.Coli infections affect children worse then adults?

Depends: Really depends on the strain of e. Coli. Some are very virulent and cuase significant organ damage, no matter what the age. ...Read more

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Is petechiae a common reaction in some children when fighting off everyday illness or infection?

Is petechiae a common reaction in some children when fighting off everyday illness or infection?

PETECHIAE is...: Bleeding into the skin, doesn't blench on pressure. If associated with fever without localizing signs, indicates high risk for serious bacterial infection, e.g. Bacteremia, sepsis, meningitis.

Viral rash, on the other hand, very common; seen as macular or maculo-papular rash that blenches on pressure. I assume, you are talking about viral rash. If petechiae, must see a doctor. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can primary koch's infection in children develop even if it is not transmitted by another person?

Help plz! Can primary koch's infection in children develop even if it is not transmitted by another person?

Koch's infx/TB: Tuberculosis just doesn't develop - you catch it from someone who is infected. It is only transmitted human to human, so you need to be exposed to someone who either has an active case or is a carrier. Many people worldwide are unaware they are infected, are asymptomatic carriers. That's why when someone is diagnosed with TB, everyone around them they've had contact with need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Are streptococcal infections dangerous to children?

Are streptococcal infections dangerous to children?

Absolutely: Untreated streptococcal infection can cause permanent heart damage, kidney problems, arthritis, skin infections and more. That is why you should see your doctor if your child has a sore throat to determine if you need antibiotics to prevent these complications. ...Read more

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Are young children more susceptible to staph infections?

Are young children more susceptible to staph infections?

Not necessarily: Healthy young children are no more susceptible to staph infections than anyone else. Indeed, human immunity undergoes dips and blips throughout life, but I see no more staph infection in children than I do in adults if not more in the latter. ...Read more

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Can small children get a urinary tract infection?

Can small children get a urinary tract infection?

Certainly: Uncircumcised boys occasionally get utis in ffirst year of life. Utis are quite common in little girls, with a peak around toilet training age (2 - 3 years).! advise against using bubble-bath, and have little girls remove panties and pants and separate thighs widely to avoid labial trapping of urine. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Cattano
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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


Dr. Frank Linn
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Gi Infections (Definition)

GI infections = infection of digestive tract (may be from ...Read more