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How long does gastroenteritis remain contagious?

How long does gastroenteritis remain contagious?

Up to 3 weeks: Rotavirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis, is shed in the stool for up to 21 days. Obviously most kids are not excluded from daycare that long after an illness, which is why hand hygiene is so important.

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


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Please help docs! Is my girlfriend's gastroenteritis contagious?

Please help docs! Is my girlfriend's gastroenteritis contagious?

Often is contagious.: Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash wi warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes w hot H20.

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My girlfriend drank some far expired juice and as a result got gastroenteritis, is this contagious?

My girlfriend drank some far expired juice and as a result got gastroenteritis, is this contagious?

Contamination: It is possible that contaminated juice is a cause of above. The enteritis may be significant of traces of dark stool is found

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My girlfriend drank some far expired juice and as a result got gastroenteritis, does that mean this is contagious?

If your girlfriend: Became ill from drinking juice that had gone bad - that wouldn't be viral gastroenteritis. This is not necessarily a contagious condition.

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I have viral gastroenteritis and I'm feeling better, this is day 2. I'm no longer vomitting but I still have a little diarria, am I still contagious?

I have viral gastroenteritis and I'm feeling better, this is day 2. I'm no longer vomitting but I still have a little diarria, am I still contagious?

Yes: Patients with viral gastroenteritis can continue to shed virus in their stool for 10-21 days after onset of illness. Frequent hand washing with soap (NOT hand sanitizers) by the patient and household contacts can reduce transmission. All surfaces in contact with stool or vomitus should be wiped with diluted household bleach. Care givers should use disposable gloves (and masks if possible).

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What causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestinal lining) virus? The doctor said it spreads like the cold, is it contagious?

Gastroenteritis: There are numerous causes, but most are viral and can be spread by a variety of mechanisms depending upon the particular agent. Many are spread via the fecal/oral route or by contaminated food. If you are more specific could provide more info.

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Son has had gastroenteritis for 8 days and still puking every other day. Normal? Concerns? Contagous? Can gastroenteritis lead to acid reflux disease?

Son has had gastroenteritis for 8 days and still puking every other day. Normal? Concerns? Contagous? Can gastroenteritis lead to acid reflux disease?

This can certainly: Happen as the gastroenteritis is resolving. Is he just vomiting once/day? Any fever? Other symptoms? The answer to this also depends on his age. It's more concerning if he's younger. No, gastroenteritis does not lead to acid reflux disease. Please discuss with his doctor or consider doing a consult with one of us on Prime if this continues.

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7 month old got gastroenteritis on 3/3/16. He acts normal, poops are solid, but he is still vomiting every other night. Is this normal? Contagous?

7 month old got gastroenteritis on 3/3/16. He acts normal, poops are solid, but he is still vomiting every other night. Is this normal? Contagous?

Expected: This is the 7th day of illness and his behavior is reassuring. Continue observation and precautiion against reflux. Continue appropriate hand hygiene as baby is likely still contagious. Take care.

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Any way to cure dysentery?

Any way to cure dysentery?

Antiparastitic: And good higineantiparasitic medications such as Metronidazole and iodoquinol, are commonly used to treat dysentery caused by amoebiasis. Antibiotics like ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, levofloxacin, or Azithromycin are used to treat the organisms causing bacillary dysentery. People with prolonged diarrhea should consult with their doctor.

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What are the tests for dysentery?

What are the tests for dysentery?

Stool examination: There are multiple causes of dysentery. The presence of dysentery can be determined by naked eye examination of stools. The cause of dysentery requires microscopic examination of stools for parasites, such as e histolytica, culture for bacteria and tests for inflammatory bowel disease.

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What sort of disorder is dysentery?

What sort of disorder is dysentery?

Diarrhea: Often implies a severe infectious diarrhea from a number of organisms like parasites like ameba.

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What are the symptoms of dysentery?

What are the symptoms of dysentery?

Bloody diarrhea: Dysentery is blood in liquid stools. Additional symptoms include, abdominal pain, cramps, vomiting, fever, dehydration etc.

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I have dysentery, what should I do to ease the pain?

I have dysentery, what should I do to ease the pain?

Kill the bugs: Dysentery is a serious infection and requires antibiotic treatment.If you have traveled outside the usa please be sure to tell you dr this info! The number of bugs that can cause severe diarrhea is large and many are quite dangerous.

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Can bananas treat dysentery?

Can bananas treat dysentery?

Bananas are often: Part of a BRAT diet which is food which can be easily tolerated. But is is not an actual treatment for dysentery.

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How effective are IV fluids for treating dysentery?

How effective are IV fluids for treating dysentery?

Life saving: Fluid repletion is critical in dysentery since most of the patients who do not survive go eventually in renal failure. Only few types benefit from antibiotics.

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How effective is fluid replacement for treating dysentery?

Dysentery: Dysentery is usually treated with oral hydration. For severe dehydration, intravenous fluids may be required. Most start with a clear diet and then workup to a BRAT diet. Medications may be used for nausea & vomiting. Sometimes diarrhea medications like loperamind or Lomotil might be prescribed. Because dysentery could be caused by viruses, protozoa, parasites or bacteria it will be determined if antibiotics or medications to treat parasites, etc. Are indicated.

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What are the histopathological changes in dysentery syndrome?

What are the histopathological changes in dysentery syndrome?

Varies: With the organism causing the syndrome. In some the damage is by toxins to the mucosa and alteration of the secretory capacity of cells. In others there is invasion and damage to the surface cells of the colon, and in some there may be involvement of the lymphatics and may get into the bloodstream.

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Dysentery (Definition)

Dysentery = inflammatory disorder of intestines. It is a gastroenteritis that can caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, or protozoa & be accompanied by fever, bloody ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

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