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How does one person give gastroenteritis to another?

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. 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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My child has gastroenteritis and diarrhea. Should I give him imodium(r)?

My child has gastroenteritis and diarrhea.  Should I give him imodium(r)?

No...: The most likely cause of this is a virus and needs to clear out of the GI tract. The most important thing to do is to keep your child well hydrated. If he is able to drink fluids (don't worry about solid foods at this time), then keep giving him liquids. Also take note of his urine output - if he is not urinating and looks dry, unable to take fluids, then take him to the nearest er for IV fluid. ...Read more

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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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Please answer! what kind of pain does gastroenteritis give?

Cramping -: Which can sometimes be intense. The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...Read more

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How much fluid should I give my child to rehydrate him after a bout of gastroenteritis?

How much fluid should I give my child to rehydrate him after a bout of gastroenteritis?

Get them voiding: If an infant is taking enough fluid to wet a diaper every 4-6 hrs they are hydrated. It is sometimes hard to tell, if their pee is mixed with diarrhea you must rely on their willingness to drink robustly and keep their mouth moist. Modern diapers often pull away moisture so placing square of toilet tissue in the diaper can aleart you that they peed thru it. When in doubt, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I accidentally broke a small light bulb today. Apparently if it contained mercury it can give you gastroenteritis. Am I going to get sick now ?

I accidentally broke a small light bulb today. Apparently if it contained mercury it can give you gastroenteritis. Am I going to get sick now ?

Probably not: Mercury is contained in the newer CFL bulbs, the ones that look like this picture. It is not present in significant amounts in older bulbs. If you got it on your hands, you should wash them well with water and follow the clean-up instructions here: http://www2.epa.gov/cfl/cleaning-broken-cfl Mercury can harm young children and unborn babies. It's generally harmful to others only in large amounts. ...Read more

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Should I give my child zinc to prevent gastroenteritis?

Should I give my child zinc to prevent gastroenteritis?

Probiotics: Agree with dr. C. Zinc has been shown to help kids with zinc deficiency or malnourished kids with gastroenteritis but we don't know about other kids. But probiotics [include lactobacillus] may prevent gastroenteritis in adults and kids. Here's to healthy tummies! ...Read more

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Are there more than one type of bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis?

Are there more than one type of bacteria that can cause gastroenteritis?

Many!: There are many different bacteria and viruses that can cause gastroenteritis. That is why stool cultures and other studies are so important in confirming the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with gastroenteritis and the doctor did not give me medicine. Why?

Usually resolves: without medications. 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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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more