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Is a rotavirus infection dangerous for the elderly?

Is a rotavirus infection dangerous for the elderly?

Sometimes: Rotavirus is a cause of gastroenteritis, (stomach flu). It can produce protracted diarrhea that may cause severe dehydration if not treated this can even cause life threatening problems, like kidney failure. In most cases with proper and simple treatment, especially fluids this can be avoided. People most at risk would be the especially frail, such as nursing home residents. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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I have diabetes, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

I have diabetes, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

Yes.: Any infection can cause uncontrolled sugar swings. If you use a glucometer to check your sugars, you might want to be extra vigilant when you are ill. Also, be wary of dehydration with rotavirus, which can be compounded if your diabetes was not under control (a high blood sugar will cause you to urinate more). Good luck and have a low threshold for getting checked out by your physician! ...Read more

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I have Crohn's disease, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

I have Crohn's disease, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

Probably not: Rotavirus commonly affects young children rather than adults & causes watery diarrhea that usually goes away on its own in a few days.You may be able to get rotavirus if you are taking meds for crohns (they suppress your immune system & make it harder to fight off infections). It should not cause any long term complications. Drink plenty of fluids with electrolytes (ex gatorade) & see dr if needed. ...Read more

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What can I do to protect my kids from my rotavirus infection?

Immunize &wash hands: Rotavirus is one of the most common and potentially serious intestinal viral infections in the us. It is spread by contact, not through the air. So the best defense is to wash hands before eating and after caring for children or adults, especially changing diapers, clothes, etc.. A safe, effective oral vaccine is available and recommended for all healthy infants. ...Read more

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Where am I or my child likely to contract a rotavirus infection?

Where am I or my child likely to contract a rotavirus infection?

Yes: Rotavirus causes diarrhea in young children, which may lead to dehydration. Speak to your doctor about prevention and treatment options. ...Read more

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I have cancer, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

I have cancer, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

May be: Rotavirus is seen in kids presents as gsatro enteritis, basically seen in children, if you are on chemo, immuno suppressed to get it. ...Read more

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I have celiac disease, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

Usually not: Rotavirus is a short-lived viral infection. It can wreak havoc on the GI tract and cause some dehydration but there is no correlation between the two diseases. ...Read more

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Rotavirus infection serious in kids?

Generally not: Similar to other viruses which infect the GI tract, but the nausea, vomiting, fever and respiratory symptoms may be slightly worse. Children will be lethargic, not have much appetite, and may develop low grade liver inflammation. Serious complications are almost entirely related to dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes, and acidosis. Often lasts 8-10 days and rarely requires hospitalization. ...Read more

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