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How is viral gastroenteritis treated?

How is viral gastroenteritis treated?

Usually with time...: Most cases of viral gastroenteritis are mild, self-limited, and not life threatening. These resolve on their own with supportive care (drink fluids to prevent dehydration, eat moderately as tolerated, as needed analgesia). In special cases (newborns, elderly, debilitated) hospitalization may be required to provide IV fluids and to support co-morbid medical conditions. ...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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What is viral gastroenteritis?

What is viral gastroenteritis?

Hukes and spews: Viral gastroenteritis means a bowel infection caused by a virus leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is treated symptomatically, but other sources need to be ruled out, especially if there is pain or bleeding from above or below. ...Read more

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What causes viral gastroenteritis?

Virus: It is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces, foods, living things, etc. That are carrying the virus. The best prevention is frequent hand washing and proper food preparation. ...Read more

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What to take for viral gastroenteritis?

GI sx's: 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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How is viral gastroenteritis diagnosed?

Clinically: It's frequently a diagnosis of exclusion as it's generally a self limited illness - lasting less than 24 hours or so. ...Read more

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Is viral gastroenteritis a serious illness?

Usually not: Most will resolve in a few days on their own. They can be serious in young infants, elderly and immune compromised individuals. ...Read more

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How to know if I have viral 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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of viral gastroenteritis?

What are the symptoms of viral gastroenteritis?

Hukes and spews 2: By definition, there has to be nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It can also include abdominal pain, cramping, occasionally fever, and occasionally blood in the vomit or stool. ...Read more

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Where and when does viral gastroenteritis occur?

Stomach bug: Viral gastroenteritis is medical lingo for a stomach bug. The virus attaches to the cells of the GI tract causing it to increase secretion or inhibit absorption leading to vomiting diarrhea. It tends to be very infectious ANS spreads through areas of close contacts. Good handwashing is a must. ...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