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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). ...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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What to take for viral gastroenteritis?

What to take for viral gastroenteritis?

GI sx's: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w 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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How is viral gastroenteritis diagnosed?

Clinically: It's frequently a diagnosis of exclusion as it's generally a self limited illness - lasting less than 24 hours or so. ...Read more

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How to know if I have viral gastroenteritis?

Symptoms: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of viral gastroenteritis?

What are the symptoms of viral gastroenteritis?

Hukes and spews 2: By definition, there has to be nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It can also include abdominal pain, cramping, occasionally fever, and occasionally blood in the vomit or stool. ...Read more

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What can remedy viral gastroenteritis?

Hydrate: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w 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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How do you tell viral gastroenteritis from influenza?

Symptoms different: Influenza does not ususally give gut symptoms like gastroenteritis. Flu begins abruptly w/ muscle ; joint aches, fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose ; fatigue. Flu complications: pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, ; ear infections. Viral gastroenteritis: diarrhea, vomiting, belly pain. Complications: dehydration, electrolyte disturbance. The term 'stomach flu' is a misnomer and creates confusion. ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more