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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?

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

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What works for treating viral gastroenteritis in children?

Hydration: The primary treatment in viral gastroenteritis is a close attention to hydration.A source of fluids through oral rehydration fluids, and some solids like applesause, steamed rice, unseasoned pasta and bananas, all help.With proper hydration, most kids will self heal over a few days. ...Read more

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I have viral gastroenteritis but when I drink soda it wont stay down?

I have viral gastroenteritis but when I drink soda it wont stay down?

Gastroenteritis: Soda is a carbonated drink and drinking it when your stomach is not feeling well will cause you to vomit. That's because soda produces more gas in the stomach. Drain the soda in a cup and stir it to release the fizz before you drink it - then it might help prevent nausea and vomiting and prevent dehydration. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine for viral gastroenteritis?

Is there a vaccine for viral gastroenteritis?

Sorry, no: Unfortunately, they evolve too rapidly and there are too many potential sources. ...Read more

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What is viral gastroenteritis?

Hukes and spews: Viral gastroenteritis means a bowel infection caused by a virus leading to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is treated symptomatically, but other sources need to be ruled out, especially if there is pain or bleeding from above or below. ...Read more

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What causes viral gastroenteritis?

Virus: It is a viral infection of the GI tract. It can be picked up from contact with surfaces, foods, living things, etc. That are carrying the virus. The best prevention is frequent hand washing and proper food preparation. ...Read more

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Is viral gastroenteritis a serious illness?

Usually not: Most will resolve in a few days on their own. They can be serious in young infants, elderly and immune compromised individuals. ...Read more

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Where and when does viral gastroenteritis occur?

Stomach bug: Viral gastroenteritis is medical lingo for a stomach bug. The virus attaches to the cells of the GI tract causing it to increase secretion or inhibit absorption leading to vomiting diarrhea. It tends to be very infectious ANS spreads through areas of close contacts. Good handwashing is a must. ...Read more

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I had viral gastroenteritis for a week. What should I do?

I had viral gastroenteritis for a week. What should I do?

Are you better?: Your use of the past tense suggests that you're over it. If so, you should do nothing. But if you still have diarrhea, i'd suggest avoiding milk products until you've completely recovered. Diarrheal illnesses can cause you to be temporarily lactose intolerant, so milk products can delay recovery. ...Read more

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


Contagious (Definition)

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