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Doctor insights on: How To Tell The Difference Between Norovirus And Rotavirus

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What are the symptoms that your child has the flu and not the rotavirus or norovirus?

What are the symptoms that your child has the flu and not the rotavirus or norovirus?

Several: Rotavirus and norovirus infections are generally limited to the GI tract. Although influenza may also produce GI symptoms, the upper and occasionally lower respiratory tract symptoms, degree of fever, generalized muscle aches and degree of malaise are far more than one could reasonably expect from the first two viruses.

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How do doctors determine if it's rotavirus or norovirus?

How do doctors determine if it's rotavirus or norovirus?

Doesn't matter: Although virologists can distinguish these, clinically it doesn't matter which a person has. Both are highly contagious, diarrheal organisms that are typically nonlethal but can put vulnerable patients, esp the very young and very old, at risk. Both are treated supportively with hydration, and prevention of spread is key.

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Can adults get the rotavirus or stomach flu?

Can adults get the rotavirus or stomach flu?

Yes: As an adult, you have more than likely been infected with the virus as a child and have some degree of immunity. Should you contract the infection, your symptoms will be less severe than a child contracting the infection for the first time.

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If my child had rotavirus is he immune from noravirus?

No: These are different viruses with different genetic makeup. The immunity gained from rotovirus is protective for furtur rotovirus exposure, not other GI viruses.

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Could you tell me what happens if the oral rotavirus is given to a child by injection?

Could you tell me what happens if the oral rotavirus is given to a child by injection?

Dangerous: This vaccine is meant to be given by mouth, it is a live vaccine and if you given by injection the virus can reach the blood in high numbers and cause many problems.

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At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about rotavirus infection. Is that ok?

At my last check up, I forgot to tell the doctor about rotavirus infection. Is that ok?

Let your doctor know: It is always good policy to, and most physicians welcome when you, express medical concerns. Never hesitate to communicate with your doctor--he needs to hear from you. The two most important pieces of information upon which a physician bases his diagnosis and treatment plan is 1) patient history and 2) physical exam. Thanks in advance for helping us help you, so call or e-mail him/her soon.

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If my baby got sick after her first rotavirus vaccination, should I tell the doctor not to give her the next one?

If my baby got sick after her first rotavirus vaccination, should I tell the doctor not to give her the next one?

Yes: I would still recommend receiving the rest of the series however. Remember that rotavirus is the number 1 reason for hospitalization for children in this country.

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Can anyone tell me what can I eat while suffering from norovirus?

Do not eat: Make sure you have enough to drink, since the main risk is for dehydration. If you do not feel like eating, do not eat. Once your appetite is back, start easy with a bland diet and advance it slowly.

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How can I tell if I have the norovirus or food poisoning?

How can I tell if I have the norovirus or food poisoning?

Norovirus: Is a form of food poisoning. There is usually 12 to 48 hours from contact to symptoms.

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I am really worried, how to tell if I have norovirus or something more serious?

Test: You cannot tell unless you test. Anybody else with similar symptoms around you? Talk to your doctor about it.

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How to tell the difference between salmonella and a stomach flu?

How to tell the difference between salmonella and a stomach flu?

Diarrhea: The only way to differentiate is by doing stool culture, usually salmonella the stool contains mucus and blood where as viral diarrhea is just watery.

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How to tell the difference between a stomach virus and food poisoning?

How to tell the difference between a stomach virus and food poisoning?

There are a number: Of potential causative agents for food poisoning including viruses (Norovirus, Rotovirus and Hepatitis A). Food poisoning can be caused by bacteria (E.coli, Listeria monocytogenes, Shigella, Staphylococcus Aureus, C. botulinum, Clostridium perfingens, V. cholerae, C. jenui.), & toxins in food. Ciguatera in tropical fish that have eaten toxic plankton, Shellfish fed on toxic algae, Scromboid

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How can you tell the difference between dehydration and a stomach virus?

How can you tell the difference between dehydration and a stomach virus?

One can cause..: The other. A stomach virus that leads to vomiting, poor intake, diarrhea can lead to someone getting behind in fluids (dehydration). A stomach bug often comes with feeling bad, maybe fevers, stomach cramps, etc. Dehydration can be caused by lots of things besides stomach problems. Not ever stomach virus leads to dehydration, but you should take steps to prevent it anytime you have a stomach virus.

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How can I tell the difference between stomach virus and heat exhaustion?

How can I tell the difference between stomach virus and heat exhaustion?

Virus vs heat: Well heat exhaustion should improve with cooling and hydration. A stomach virus you're usually looking at 3 days or so of vomiting and diarrhea and probably a fever.

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How long does rotavirus usually last?

How long does rotavirus usually last?

3-7 days.: Symptoms vary from day to day and from person to person. Illness usually begins 12 hours to 4 days after exposure & generally lasts for 3 - 7 days. Children may have only diarrhea or vomiting at first, but with progression become sufficiently ill to require hospitalization. Other symptoms may develop as the disease evolves; about 10% of children have only fever and vomiting upon admission.

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How could I do with my son"s rotavirus?

How old is your son?: Rotavirus can be a serious illness for young infants, because of dehydration.Was he not vaccinated? Has he seen his pediatrician? There is no actual treatment for the virus.So in general, if he is vomiting, you need to give him small sips of fluids (the type depends on his age)& watch his urine output. For the diarrhea, if he is on solids, continue them. Talk to his doctor for futher advice.

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