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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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How is viral gastroenteritis diagnosed?

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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How is viral meningitis treated?

How is viral meningitis treated?

Acyclovir: The most serious viral infection is herpes. The only available treatment is acyclovir. Certain viral epidemics occur that may be protected by immunization shots. Most viral infections of the brain resolve on their own. Supportive care is the only and best treatment. ...Read more

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How is viral hepatitis treated?

How is viral hepatitis treated?

Depends on Type: Hepatitis b is usually treated with a single oral medication although peg-interferon is used in select patients. Hepatitis c is treated with a combination of peg-interferon, Ribavirin and possibly either telepavir or bocephivir (depending on genotype). All hcv treatment includes interferon however this may change over the next 305 years. ...Read more

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How is viral meningitis diagnosed?

How is viral meningitis diagnosed?

Aseptic: Meningitis is an inflammation of the outer coating of the brain. A spinal tap will show inflammatory cells in spinal fluid. Bacteria will be seen and cultured if present. If nothing grows it is considered aseptic. This usually means that a virus is the cause. Special tests and cultures may or may not identify the virus. Viruses may infect the brain itself causing encephalitis. ...Read more

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How is viral hepatitis diagnosed?

Blood tests: Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by either hepatitis b, hepatitis a, or hepatitis c. Viral hepatitis can be prevented by vaccination for hepatitis a and b, but there is no vaccination for hepatitis c. The symptoms are often vague, such as fatigue, nausea and vomiting and diagnosed by abnormal liver function tests and by detection of the virus or antibodies to the virus in blood. ...Read more

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How is bacterial meningitis treated?

How is bacterial meningitis treated?

Antibiotics: Usually with high doses of intravenous antibiotics, sometimes accompanied by steroids. ...Read more

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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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How severe is infectious mononucleosis?

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How severe is infectious mononucleosis?

Depends: The core symptoms of fever and sore throat often resolve within a couple of weeks; however, the fatigue can last for months. Unfortunately, there is no efficacious way to treat the fatigue, as it's a sequela of the infection and not evidence of continued infection; that is, even if you had an antiviral for it, there would be no benefit. ...Read more

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How long is a viral URI contagious?

How long is a viral URI contagious?

Several weeks: In a healthy 48 year old, your immune system should eradicate a viral upper respiratory tract infection in about 2 to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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How common is viral hepatitis?

How common is viral hepatitis?

Not uncommon: In the us, there are between 3.5 million to 5.3 million americans have chronic viral hepatitis. There are some high risk groups - one out of every 7 african american men in their 40s is living with chronic hepatitis c, and approximately 1 in 12 asian americans is living with chronic hepatitis b. In the us, viral hepatitis causes 12, 000 to 15, 000 deaths annually from cancer and liver failure. ...Read more

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How is acute epiglottitis treated usually?

How is acute epiglottitis treated usually?

Please see below.: Most of the time, someone with epiglottitis must be intubated (have a tube put in the airway to keep it open) until the swelling resolves, and all patients with this condition need to be in the icu. After bacterial cultures are taken, IV antibiotics are started. Fever relievers may also be needed. ...Read more

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What is viral gastritis? Is it contagious?

What is viral gastritis? Is it contagious?

Yes: A viral infection affecting the upper intestinal tract causing abdominal pain, nause and vomiting. As it is a viral infection, it can be transmitted. ...Read more

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How is bacterial meningitis diagnosed?

Spinal tap: The best way is examination of the cerebrospinal fluid obtained by a lumbar puncture. ...Read more

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How contagious is gastritis?

How contagious is gastritis?

Depends: Usually isolated gastritis may not be infective at all, but rather due to toxins, materials in foods, and so on. Sometimes helicobacter pylorii is the cause and is not easily transmissible. When viral it may be transmitted to others but the route will depend upon the type of virus. Not a very specific answer, but a complex subject. ...Read more

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How contagious is viral myositis?

How contagious is viral myositis?

Myositis is a...: Complication of a number of viruses. The virus can be spread but the other person is not likely to get the myositis. ...Read more

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Can viral gastroenteritis be prevented?

Can viral gastroenteritis be prevented?

Yes and no.: Hand washing is the key to preventing illness. Also, remember that everything you touch probably has germs, especially door handles - -so don't touch your face or lick you fingers when you are 'out and about' as it just exposes you to germs. When you get home - wash your hands, first thing. Now, you will probably still get a bug now and then, but avoiding germs will help. ...Read more

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How is diarrhea treated?

How is diarrhea treated?

Depends: That depends on the cause. In some cases, antibiotics or anti-parasitic drugs are needed. In others, it's just a matter of keeping hydrated until it runs its course. ...Read more

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How should I treat norwalk virus infections?

How should I treat norwalk virus infections?

Fluids: This RNA virus is now called "norovirus" and is the GI bug that vexes cruise ships.Gently rehydrate with water or a sports drink diluted 50/50 with water.Soups and light foods.I try to avoid anti-spasmotics like immodium or Lomotil (diphenoxylat and atropine) as i trust the body to expel this nasty virus.Hand washing is critical to preventing spread. ...Read more

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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with a "stomach flu" virus. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter remedies or ...Read more