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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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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?

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

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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

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How long to have appetite back after a stomach virus?

How long to have appetite back after a stomach virus?

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

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Just curious how long does it take to catch a stomach virus from someone?

Just curious how long does it take to catch a stomach virus from someone?

Depends: Depends on the type of virus, you can catch the virus right away however show no symptoms right away depending on the virus incubation time (the time you catch it to the time you become symptomatic). ...Read more

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Could you tell me how long it takes until I feel 100% after a stomach virus?

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

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What are the symptoms of the stomach virus? How long do you have it? And what to do to get well?

What are the symptoms of the stomach virus? How long do you have it? And what to do to get well?

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

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Does taking Zofran (ondansetron) make stomach virus last longer?

Does taking Zofran (ondansetron) make stomach virus last longer?

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

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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?

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

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

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