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How Can I Speed Up Recovery For Gastroenteritis
I'm currently in the final recovery stages from gastroenteritis. Is it okay for me to kiss my girlfriend? Or would she get infected?
Just diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis. Very sick, with a lot of pain. As I have ulcerative colitis can I expect a longer recovery time?
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
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
Breastfeeding Wife got over the stomach flu 48 hours ago - still not a great appetite, tired with back pain. Slow recovery or something else?
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
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
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
- food and water borne-- Guardia, campylobacter etc
- food poisoning may give similar symptoms ...Read more
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
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
See below: There is no difference in the symptoms based on age. Most everyone will have vomiting and diarrhea, or diarrhea alone. ...Read more
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
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
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