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How long does a stomach virus live on clothing or bed sheets?

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

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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How long does a stomach virus last for?

How long does a stomach virus last for?

12-60 hours in adult: 12-60 hours in an adult. There are some exceptions, but this is a pretty handy rule. ...Read more

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How long does a stomach virus last and is it common to become constipated and have weak stomach to foods afterward?

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

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How long do a stomach virus last?

2-5 days: Usually viruses are cleared in under one week. That being said residual symptoms may last weeks or months. Some people may even develop a post infectious functional GI disorder such as ibs or gastroparesis. ...Read more

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How long is it normal for a stomach virus last?

How long is it normal for a stomach virus last?

Depends: Some viral infections last 24 hours, others 1 week. Sometimes the virus is cleared, but symptoms linger at a lower intensity and frequency for weeks to months. Symptoms lasting longer than 2 to 4 weeks should be evaluated by a health care provider. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the stomach virus last?

Normally, how long would the stomach virus last?

Depends: Some viral infections last 24 hours, others 1 week. Sometimes the virus is cleared, but symptoms linger at a lower intensity and frequency for weeks to months. Symptoms lasting longer than 2 to 4 weeks should be evaluated by a health care provider. ...Read more

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Should you sleep in the same bed as someone with a stomach virus?

Should you sleep in the same bed as someone with a stomach virus?

It is ok: It is ok as long as you are not being exposed to his secretions/excrement. ...Read more

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How long after stomach virus symptoms subside can I kiss my husband without fear of getting sick as well?

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

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On average, how long will a stomach virus last?

On average, how long will a stomach virus last?

It depends: It depends on how healthy you are, how much virus you were exposed to and if you can take fluids easily. ...Read more

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How long does the stomach virus last in most cases?

Stomach virus: There is no stomach virus per se but the most common one involved is the rotavirus and can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea which typically lasts up to approximately a week and the symptoms are usually milder in adults vs kids. ...Read more

Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more