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Any good way to speed up recovery for gastroenteritis?

Any good way to speed up recovery for gastroenteritis?

Recover: Really all you can do is what grandma always used to say....Rest and get plenty of fluids and wait for your immune system to do the rest! Some extra vitamin c couldn't hurt. If symptoms persist or become severe or you become dehydrated you need to see a doctor immediately! ...Read more

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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Viral gastroenteritis help? What's the recommending fluids / drinks for fast recovery?

Viral gastroenteritis help? What's the recommending fluids / drinks for fast recovery?

Hydration: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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Why would gastroenteritis recur one week after complete recovery? Symptoms include cramping pain and watery diarrhea. I have been travelling in japan.

Why would gastroenteritis recur one week after complete recovery? Symptoms include cramping pain and watery diarrhea. I have been travelling in japan.

A Japanese bug...: Whenever one travels and eats in a foreign country, their are different types of bacteria, parasites and other organisms that reside normally in the residents of that land (colonization), but are foreign to foreigners. So 'trot' over to your gp, or a gastroenterologist or infectious disease doc. Tests for parasites like giardiasis, pathogenic e. Coli, tapeworm, will likely be done. Happy trails... ...Read more

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I have stomach flu currently, what should I do to ensure a fast recovery?

I have stomach flu currently, what should I do to ensure a fast recovery?

Need full info: Please give more detail to what YOU MEAN by stomach flu. If truly a VIRAL infection then, pretty much you don't decide when it resolves....IT DOES...but you may feel better by staying well hydrated, keep nutrition up, bland/soft diet if necessary, and avoid alcohol, smoking, spicy foods, fatty/greasy foods. If you'd like a private consult to learn more: www. Healthtap. Com/dr-drsaghafi ...Read more

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I'm underweight (5'3 & 93 lbs). Now I had a stomach flu past 2 days and my weight is 90 lbs, I feel weak, what is the best to eat during recovery?

Food: Continue with a varied diet that contains all elements of foodstuffs. Vegetables, fruits, meats, and concentrated carbohydrates (potatoes, etc.) are the way to go. You may just have to eat more. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more

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How to know if I still have gastroenteritis?

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

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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

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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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What are the usual symptoms of having gastroenteritis?

Vomiting and diarhea: Most often it is caused by a virus but can be bacterial. The symptoms range from diarrhea cramping vomiting and sometimes fever. Nausea is often part of the symptoms. ...Read more

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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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I keep getting gastroenteritis symptoms. Is it something else?

I keep getting gastroenteritis symptoms. Is it something else?

Recuring GI symptoms: Lots of things can cause GI distress to recur--incompletely treated infection (e.g. Giardia) or re-exposure with re-infection; maldigestion (pancreatic insufficiency) or malabsorption (celiac sprue); food intolerances with re-exposure to the offending substance (lactose, sorbitol, etc.), irritable bowel syndrome, missed diagnosis (incomplete evaluation), non-gi related problems (uti, pid, etc.). ...Read more

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What number of cifloxin tablets should I take for gastroenteritis?

None: Unless directed by a medical provider. Cifloxin is an antibiotic and most gastroenteritis is viral. ...Read more

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Can gastroenteritis be fatal?

Yes but not commonly: Acute gastroenteritis is extremely common & most cases resolve on their own with simple support care. (many cases of "stomach bug" or the inaccurately-titled "stomach flu" are mild cases of food poisoning.) way, it's still a pain in the gut w/ similar symptoms & similar care. More serious infections do occur, especially in countries or areas w/ poor sanitation. More sick or lasting, see your doc. ...Read more

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Will gastroenteritis kill me?

It can: Gastroenteritis is the number one cause of death world wide. In developed countries it is very rare to die from this, especially if you have access to medical care. I personally have one patient who did die from gastro when they refused to come back for re-eval as recommended. ...Read more

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Does shigellosis = gastroenteritis?

Does shigellosis = gastroenteritis?

A type: Shigella is a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, fever, vomiting. It can occassionally cause a seizure. It is also treatable with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Would gastroenteritis start with headache?

Since a headache: Can occur with gastroenteritis - I guess that is feasible. I don't know of any rule about what order the symptoms need to come in. ...Read more

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Can gastroenteritis spread through oral sex?

Can gastroenteritis spread through oral sex?

Gastroenteritis: I would think FECAL oral sex could transmit it. ...Read more

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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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What are the symptoms of gastroenteritis in teens?

See below: There is no difference in the symptoms based on age. Most everyone will have vomiting and diarrhea, or diarrhea alone. ...Read more

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How do I prevent myself from getting gastroenteritis?

Wash your hands: A GI bug can be passed through your food or from poor hygeine. Proper precautions, such as when preparing poultry, can help. But sometimes, when foods are contaminated, there is no prevention. And many people (for example, on a cruise ship) can pick up norovirus with exposure only to surfaces. Still, washing your hands before you eat and cooking your food thorougly is a good start. ...Read more

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How can I help protect my toddler against gastroenteritis?

How can I help protect my toddler against gastroenteritis?

Good hand washing!: Most gastro is caused by viruses and spread person to person thru contaminated hands. By practicing good hand hygiene, soap and water or alcohol gel, you can block this major source of contagion. Even young children can be encouraged to use purell before eating and discouraged from sharing cups and utensils with others. The rotavirus vaccine also helps protect against this most common virus. ...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