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How Long Are You Immune To Gastroenteritis After You Have Contracted It
Unlikely to be: Gastroenteritis is a nonspecific term that reflects a stomach & intestinal infection by many agents. While you may gain some or total immunity to that virus, there are dozens of other viruses or bacteria that can cause gastro. Gastro is sort of like a car crash. You tangled with a dodge & got thru it, but a ford may get you next week. ...Read more
If you don't get gastroenteritis for years does the immune system become less efficient at fighting it and thus causing severe symptoms when infected?
Consider this...: 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
I have had 7 infections so far this year, most viral like cold and gastroenteritis. I never need treatment. But I'm concerned I have immune problem?!
Immunodeficiency: If you have had infections which resolved spontaneously it would be very improbable that they are due to some defect in immune function. Generally these would seldom resolve if your immune system was at fault. If you are concerned about HIV disease the best thing to do would be to go and be tested. If this is somatization and anxiety a therapist might be helpful. Good luck. ...Read more
If I had the stomach flu and gave it to my daughter, can she give it back to me or would I be immune since I already had it?
Immune: If you had the same virus and you have recovered and you have a normal immune system, you should be immune and not susceptible from transmission of that virus back to you. (by the way, the best name for this is gastroenteritis. It's not really the flu because it is highly unlikely that the virus causing these symptoms is an influenza strain.). ...Read more
Not the common types: These are mostly spread by dirty hands. Overcooking and boiling drinking water can prevent some foodborne infections such as e coli or listeria, though. ...Read more
Can not answer: Your questions w available information. 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
Colitis: Viral cause can take a few weeks and no treatment for it. ...Read more
Can escitalopram cause it to take longer to recover from gastroenteritis? I had gastroenteritis last week and still don't feel alright (1 week later).
Potentially: As some people have GI upset on SSRI's. But I would not assume that is the reason. Take care. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: But given the fact that the majority of all gastroenteritis cases are caused by viruses, in someone with a healthy immune system, viral gastroenteritis usually lasts somewhere between 4-10 days. Bacterial and toxin-mediated illness can be longer or shorter, depending on the cause. ...Read more
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Not sure: If viral problem is solved it may settle soon. Try going to the pharmacy and getting a good 10 billion or more dose bottle of probiotics. It is over the counter and should help stabelize your digestive system. ...Read more
7-10 days: Some people get post infectious ibs where gut stays hyper alert/ active. Try peptobismol. ...Read more
I'm bulimic and have gastroenteritis. Can I die from it and how long will it take me to die if its really severe pain?
Please see doctor: Yes you can die from bulimia -- one cause being electrolyte imbalance and heart arrhythmia. If you've been vomiting a lot, you may injure your stomach or esophagus, as well as cause yourself many other problems. Please see your doctor asap if you're having "really severe pain." it may not be gastroenteritis. You need treatment for your overall eating disorder too. Your doctor can help. ...Read more
Most likely, this is a viral gastroenteritis,
a virus that affects the gastrointestinal tract.
The treatment is BRAT diet- no milk products,
bananas, rice, apple sauce, and toast.
Crystal light and water to drink and stay hydrated.
If vomiting, diarrhea or bloody stools and recent travel
outside US occurs, contact Pedi MD thru health tap.
Welcome, Dr. Ivy Fisher, on staff. ...Read more
I've got bacterial gastroenteritis. It's been a week. Have been on medication. How long will I be contagious for? When would I know that it has gone?
Well: Yeah It can last one to 10 or 12 days. Sometimes intestines are affected and a person can have some symptoms for two or three weeks even. If you're having abdominal pain fever or blood in your stool be signs to be concerned. For specific diagnosis treatment see a doctor in person or make a HealthTap visit ...Read more
I have viral gastroenteritis and I'm feeling better, this is day 2. I'm no longer vomitting but I still have a little diarria, am I still contagious?
Yes: Patients with viral gastroenteritis can continue to shed virus in their stool for 10-21 days after onset of illness. Frequent hand washing with soap (NOT hand sanitizers) by the patient and household contacts can reduce transmission. All surfaces in contact with stool or vomitus should be wiped with diluted household bleach. Care givers should use disposable gloves (and masks if possible). ...Read more
Cure gastroenteritis: I believe you may have answered your own question. You may have the metallic, burning, sour, taste till you get your problem taken care of. See your gastroenterologist, I forsee Nexium (esomeprazole) or something possibly on your horizon. ...Read more
Child has blood on poop for a month after having gastroenteritis, how long does this symptom last?
I have bacterial gastroenteritis. Final stages of treatment. It's been a week. How long do I have to wait before I can kiss my girlfriend?
How long will I recover if I have been prescribed with omeprazole due to severe nausea in the morning? I was recently treated for gastroenteritis.
Like all PPI's (Proton Pump Inhibtors) take several days to a week to reach maximum effect.
Hope this helps
Dr z ...Read more
Just diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis. Very sick, with a lot of pain. As I have ulcerative colitis can I expect a longer recovery time?
How long does a typical 4mg pill of Zofran (ondansetron) take to start working on nausea due to gastroenteritis. Taken at the onset of symptoms, before any vomiting?
Typically....: It usually begins to start relieving nausea within 30-60 minutes. Hopefully, you will get relief and not begin vomitting. If it doesn't help and/or your symptoms worsen, get back in touch with your doctor. Good luck!! ...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
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