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How Long Does A Stomach Virus Live On Clothing Or Bed Sheets
Viral life: Most virus do not live outside a host for more than a few hours. It would be rare to find them on a bed sheet or clothing. Common viruses are spread by contact from host to host. An example is the flu; infected individuals can spread the flu virus from the day before they begin to feel ill until 3–7 days after the start of flu symptoms. ...Read more
How long does a stomach virus last and is it common to become constipated and have weak stomach to foods afterward?
Gastroenteritis: Depending on the etiology, symptoms can last from days to weeks. After a evacuation of the GI tract you may feel constipated until you fill up with food again. You can develop a relative lactose intolerance for several weeks post some infections, some also have difficulty with fresh fruits and vegetables for a week or so afterwards. ...Read more
It is ok: It is ok as long as you are not being exposed to his secretions/excrement. ...Read more
How long after stomach virus symptoms subside can I kiss my husband without fear of getting sick as well?
Kiss his cheek...: It's impossible to know here what caused your husband's illness (or therefore the time to his complete recovery or at least lack of infectivity), but you are certainly appropriate for wanting to avoid getting sick too. Assuming fecal-oral spread of his disease, make sure he washes his hands well, avoids food preparation, and for the time being just kiss him on the cheek until he is good as new. ...Read more
I think I have a mild case of food poisoning, what is the difference between food poisoning and a stomach virus and how long does it lasy?
Cannot predict: Telling the difference between these may be nearly impossible. Both should resolve quickly and should disappear within several days. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more
That is variable.: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more
Varies: Time of recovery usually depends on virus and takes days to weeks. You can be contagious from a few days to two weeks, depending on which virus is causing your stomach flu (gastroenteritis). Severe dehydration can occur which needs supplemented fluids sometimes intravenous therapy and hospitalization. ...Read more
Usually 24 to 48 h: A stomach virus can be caused by many different bugs /viruses. It can be as mild as a little stomach cramping to severe cramping with violet vomiting with diarrhea. Many times a person refers to a stomach virus as food poisoning. Most of the stomach viruses usually pass in 24 to 48 hours. Drink plenty of fluids, if you're having vomiting or diarrhea you'll need even more fluid. Possibly even a sports nutritional drink to replenish your body with some of the electrolytes it's losing in the diarrhea and the nausea and vomiting. You can also try one of the over-the-counter medications that help with nausea and vomiting and diarrhea. You'll probably want to avoid any significant food intake during this time. Fluids are the most important at this time not food. ...Read more
More's not better: Zofran (ondansetron) may slow the transit time in the gut and rarely the bowels can stop moving. Therefore potential to prolong the period of time in wh/a virus is in contact w/the gut. In a study in children w/vomiting gastroenteritis who took zofran (ondansetron) x 48 hrs, return to the er w/diarrhea was higher in the kids w/zofran (ondansetron). Another study gave 1 dose & the er return was less w/zofran (ondansetron) but kids had more diarrhea. ...Read more
I just got over a stomach virus now my husband has it. Is it safe for me to sleep in the same bed, will I catch it again?
Safe: You gave it to himGet a more detailed answer ›
I was told I have a stomach virus on Saturday, I am feeling better but still weak and nauseous, how long until I'm back to normal?
Gastroenteritis: Stomach viruses, also called gastroenteritis, can last from anywhere from a few days to about two weeks, depending on the particular virus, the patient, and other underlying diseases. Also, it depends on whether or not the diagnosis was accurate to begin with. Drink fluids, and eat a BRAT diet (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast), get plenty of rest/sleep. ...Read more
I've been taking a strong probiotic for a few days and am now having stomach virus like symptoms. I stopped taking them a couple days ago and am still ill. How long will they stay In my system?
Several days: This could last several days or weeks ...Read more
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