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I have bacterial gastroenteritis and diarrhea just got inside my vagina... Will this harm my 7.2 week old fetus? Will it infect my womb? Help?

I have bacterial gastroenteritis and diarrhea just got inside my vagina... Will this harm my 7.2 week old fetus? Will it infect my womb?  Help?

Unlikely: I often tell patients that women's holes are close together and it is easy to get cross contamination. Take a bath and that should help with the diarrhea in the vagina. Chances are it did not go very deeply and not enough to create any harmful problems for baby. ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Loose Stools (Definition)

Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more


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Prescribed cipro (ciprofloxacin) for bacterial gastroenteritis. Is it safe?

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Prescribed cipro (ciprofloxacin) for bacterial gastroenteritis. Is it safe?

Yes in adults: Ciprofloxacin is infrequently used in bacterial gastroenteritis. Soft tissue damage. E.G., tendon rupture, has been reported especially when used in children. ...Read more

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Can bacterial gastroenteritis spread through saliva i.E. Kissing, etc? Or would the other person get infected with it?

Can bacterial gastroenteritis spread through saliva i.E. Kissing, etc? Or would the other person get infected with it?

Not a concern: In general. You probably will not want to be around others too much anyway feeling like you do. Be aggressive seeing your GI doc and treating the issue. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Till GE is gone: Wait till the gastroenteritis is completely resolved and continue to wash your hands and take precautions such as not sharing food or food utensils. ...Read more

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What is the safest treatment for non-infectious diarrhea and abdominal cramps and does black tea helpful for this situation?best regard.

What is the safest treatment for non-infectious diarrhea and abdominal cramps and does black tea helpful for this situation?best regard.

The safest: is over the counter anti-diarrhea agents ( eg: Immodium AD) which may or may not be available in your location (Chemical name is Loperamide) NOT RECOMMENDING SPECIFICALLY jsu an example> As far as I know black Tea (eg TANNIN) may have some beneficial effect but its negligible! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Last night, stomach was cramping and had one bout of diarrhea. Took Imodium (loperamide) and, while stomach a little bubbly, feel ok. Stomach flu? Contagious?

Last night, stomach was cramping and had one bout of diarrhea. Took Imodium (loperamide) and, while stomach a little bubbly, feel ok. Stomach flu? Contagious?

Gastroenteritis: Acute GI illness most commonly either viral infection or food poisoning with a preformed toxin. Both are most commonly self-limited and if you have no further symptoms you should be fine. If it is viral it can be very communicable (usually norovirus). ...Read more

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My toddler has a stomach bug. The doctor said he could have diarrhea for up to 2 weeks. Will he be contagious until all of his symptoms go away?

My toddler has a stomach bug. The doctor said he could have diarrhea for up to 2 weeks. Will he be contagious until all of his symptoms go away?

Oral vs stool : The infectiousness of a stomach bug varies. The oral secretions are likely contagious until a day or so after the fever is gone. The virus can remain active in the stool for 6 weeks.( normal hygenic practices prevent spread). ...Read more

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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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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more