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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
What if someone has severe N/V from a bad case of gastroenteritis that does not respond to 2 different antiemetics? Can they try another one?
Yes; figure out caus: Yes, you can try different antiemetics. But be sure to give each one an "adequate trial" before dismissing it as ineffective. Also, understand the reason / cause of "gastroenteritis" to begin with. If it is viral, the process is self-limiting; however, if the cause is a systemic condition, then to relieve the symptom, you have to treat the condition - antiemetics alone won't control nausea/vomitin ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I give econorm to my five n half year old child on empty stomach as he is suffering from loosemotions(acute gastroenteritis)do I have to give h an?
Can i give my 13yr old daughter some pepto bismal. She was diagnosed w/gastroenteritis on 3/27/13.She stills have a lil diarrhea only. So can I or not?
No: While the risk is fairly small, salicylates (such as Bismuth Subsalicylate in pepto bismol, (bismuth subsalicylate) adult version) has been linked with reye syndrome in children, even up to the teenage years. You can consider getting the children's version of the medication, which does not have the salicylate in it. ...Read more
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
My 21/2yr old has viral gastroenteritis but mild passes loose stools one time once she eats dairy/fried/sugary foods .2 weeks on now how long normal?
Several weeks: sometimes after a viral gastroenteritis young children can be left with mild malabsorption and relative lactose intolerance. would try lactose free milk and consider a course of probiotics to improve digestion. avoid super sugary foods and concentrate on lots of carbs such as rice and potatoes ...Read more
Why is one more likely to experience nausea and emesis from gastroenteritis if they have food in their stomach when the illness begins to manifest?
Undigested food in: the stomach stimulates the stomach to contract and release digestive enzymes and when one has an acute infection, the contractions or peristalsis can result in vomiting. An empty stomach is resting, so less likely to result in emesis. In addition, everyone responds to a gastroenteritis infection differently depending on their host immunity, etc. ...Read more
Can giving birth while you have bacterial/viral gastroenteritis cause your baby to get it while being born due to close proximity to anas? Serious?
Nope: The chances are extremely rare.Get a more detailed answer ›
How dos one knw if lower ab pain is ulcer developing, gastroenteritis, or psychosomatic symptom of high stress? Urine & stools fine, no preg or vomit
would Tums (calcium carbonate) help my stomach i have gone to a gastroenteritis doctor, and he suggested algn buts i heard its not good and can hurt ones stomach. ?
Medical Advice: So you went to a Gastroenterologist who went to 4 years of medical school, three years of Internal Medicine Residency and then did a three year fellowship in GI. He gave you advice on what to do for your stomach. You heard somewhere that what he suggested may hurt your stomach. Who told you this false information? I would go with the person that has 10 years of medical training after college. ...Read more
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