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Could you get Norovirus by smelling an infected persons stool?

Could you get Norovirus by smelling an infected persons stool?

Possibly yes: Norovirus is one of the most easily transmitted of all viruses. You can catch it just by being in the same room when an infected person vomits. Simply smelling feces probably wouldn't do it -- but it's so easily transmitted that it might be possible. (The ease of transmission and very small exposure required are why norovirus outbreaks are so hard to prevent or control, e.g. on cruise ships.) ...Read more

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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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Are floating stools a symptom of a gastrointestinal bug such as Norovirus?

Are floating stools a symptom of a gastrointestinal bug such as Norovirus?

Not necessarily: Gas in formed stools can cause them to float under normal conditions. Fat malabsorbtion can also cause this. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Cn salad cause gas bloating and loose stools? Or norovirus, so had noro 2 days ago, no contact except hug? Also have chronic constipation.

Cn salad cause gas bloating and loose stools? Or norovirus, so had noro 2 days ago, no contact except hug? Also have chronic constipation.

Yes: Cruciferous vegetables e.G cauliflower, broccoli etc, as well as beans are a common cause of bloating ; gas. Norovirus usually results in fever, chills, intense nausea ; vomiting with profuse watery diarrhea. ...Read more

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Incontact with norovirus 2 days ago. Today cramps, gas, and floating stools, burning while having a bowel movement. What could this be? Worried.

Incontact with norovirus 2 days ago. Today cramps, gas, and floating stools, burning while having a bowel movement. What could this be? Worried.

Gastroenteritis: You may very well have a viral gastroenteritis due to norovirus. Keep hydrated and take antidiarrheals. Such infections are self limited and will resolve on their own. ...Read more

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Does having a stomach virus change the colour of your stool?

Does having a stomach virus change the colour of your stool?

It can: It is not uncommon for stool to be green with decreased transit time through the intestines. However, it may be other colors as well. ...Read more

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Could stool be yellow after a stomach virus?

Could stool be yellow after a stomach virus?

Yes: It may take several days for stools to return to normal after digestive upset. If they're not bloody or black and tarry don't worry much. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with stomach flu on Monday haven't thrown up or had stool since Thursday can I eat normally now? Fries, pickles, chips, etc...

Diagnosed with stomach flu on Monday haven't thrown up or had stool since Thursday can I eat normally now? Fries, pickles, chips, etc...

I don't recommend it: If you are recovering from "stomach flu" and are starting to feel hungry again, no vomiting or diarrhea, it's fine to start adding solids to your diet, however I would take it easy af first. Try something bland, low in fat, and easy to digest (chicken noodle soup, crackers, toast etc) before trying anything oily, fried, or spicy! Your digestive system is recovering, you don't want to shock it! :) ...Read more

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If you have a stomach virus will it make your stool dark green or black?

Stool: Dark green can be due to rapid transit of feces through GI tract. If stool is black, tarry & malodorous that could represent a GI bleed & would warrant prompt medical evaluation. ...Read more

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After having the stomach flu is it normal to have a light and dark green lumpy stool?

After having the stomach flu is it normal to have a light and dark green lumpy stool?

Not abnormal: After having a viral syndrome affecting your digestive tract, it may take a while before your bowels return to their previous pattern. Try to be patient, and gradually increase your diet when you are feeling better. Call your doctor if you have black stools or blood in your stools. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have pale and soft stools after stomach flu?

Is it normal to have pale and soft stools after stomach flu?

Yes: It will take several days to recover completely-so your stools may remain softer and lighter than normal for several days or even a week or more, and they may be more frequent than normal. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have light colored stools after a stomach virus?

Is it normal to have light colored stools after a stomach virus?

It is possible: It is possible that after a stomach virus/infection you can have temporary alterations in the quality of the stool. But this should revert to normal after a few days. If it continues it can be the sign of some other underlying process and should be evaluated by your regular physician. ...Read more

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Why would it be that my child is still having liquid stool after 48 hours of stomach flu?

Why would it be that my child is still having liquid stool after 48 hours of stomach flu?

Diarrhea: Viral gastroenteritis may last up to a week, make you your child is drinking pedialyte or other electrolyte containing drinks. Slowly and gradually the stool consistency will become normal. Brat diet can be helpful. Stop all juices. If no improvement after a week better see his doctor. ...Read more

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How common is it to have pale stools after a stomach virus?

How common is it to have pale stools after a stomach virus?

Not usnual: The color of stools depends on multiple factors, including what you have eaten, the bacterial flora present in your colon, the amount of bile you are putting out, and other factors. As long as your stools are not entirely white in color this will correct itself shortly and you will be reassured. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had colonoscopy 1.5 years ago. Normal. Dr. did tell me I had any issues. Had stomach virus 2 weeks ago. Still having bad smelling stool & some cramps.

Had colonoscopy 1.5 years ago. Normal. Dr. did tell me I had any issues. Had stomach virus 2 weeks ago. Still having bad smelling stool & some cramps.

At 32 no need: Your current condition as you said is related to infection and expected to clear. This month is colorectal Cancer awareness month. Screening is done from 50 to 75 yr age After 85 not indicated, gap patient choice. Predisposed people with genetic factor, polyposis, ulcerative colitis etc do not fall into this category, more frequent surveillance is needed ...Read more

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Could a stomach flu cause you to have black stool?

Could a stomach flu cause you to have black stool?

No: The most common causes of black stool are peptobismol (or similar medications), iron supplements, and gastrointestinal bleeding. If you haven't been taking peptobismol or iron and your stool is black (often tarry), you should see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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I've had a bad case of the stomach flu for past few days and now my stool is yellow to pale orange. Should I be concerned?

I've had a bad case of the stomach flu for past few days and now my stool is yellow to pale orange. Should I be concerned?

Virus: If this is a viral intestinal tract infection causing diarrhea or loose stools, the color change is to be expected due to more rapid transit of stools through the intestinal tract and would be a temporary situation. Disorders of liver, pancreas or gall bladder can also cause these color changes. If bm's don't revert to normal after several days, consult your physician or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Azthromycin 250 mg or zpack. 99 degree fever so low grade 3 days now. Is light tan stool and a side effect. I have a stomach flu.?

Azthromycin 250 mg or zpack. 99 degree fever so low grade 3 days now. Is light tan stool and a side effect. I have a stomach flu.?

Azithromycin: Cannot diagnose you definitively over the telephone, but it does not sound as if you have anything that requires treatment with an antibiotic. You do not have a fever (99F is quite normal depending on the time of day) and if you actually have influenza or a flu-like illness this is viral and antibiotics will do nothing but create the risk of complications. ...Read more

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Stomach flu 2 days ago vomiting and dieherra only took gravol I stopped getting symptoms but now have dark stools could it be from gravol or flu?

Stomach flu 2 days ago vomiting and dieherra only took gravol I stopped getting symptoms but now have dark stools could it be from gravol or flu?

Several possibilitie: Dark stool is usually not a symptom of a GI virus. If the stool is black or dark red in color and has a foul odor, it could be a sign of G.I. bleeding. If this is the case, seek help immediately. Although Gravol does not cause dark stools, several G.I. medications can, including Pepto-Bismol or bismuth- containing medications. If it persists, you should see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Husband & 2 sons (3 & 8 yrs old) recovering from nasty stomach virus. Husb. And 3 yr old now have green stool and extremely putrid farts. Normal?

Husband & 2 sons (3 & 8 yrs old) recovering from nasty stomach virus. Husb. And 3 yr old now have green stool and extremely putrid farts. Normal?

Yep: These may be signs that the digestive system has not yet fully recovered. As long as they are not dehydrated, this is annoying but harmless. ...Read more

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I threw up twice andhad really loose stool 3 times all in 60 mins. Is it food poosoning stomach virus something else? Feel much better now just weak

I threw up twice andhad really loose stool 3 times all in 60 mins. Is it food poosoning stomach virus something else? Feel much better now just weak

Hard to tell: Most of the time minor "food poisoning" is from pre-formed staph toxin in food. While you may have sudden onset severe symptoms, they resolve fairly quickly. Viruses may also present and resolve quickly. If you are felling better, I would not worry about the cause. If you are not better or have fevers, blood in your stool, or other severe symptoms, I would seek care. ...Read more

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I recently had the stomach flu and had blood in stool. Went to ER said it will go away. I still see spots of blood in stool. Its been 7 days. Normal?

Not normal: It is never normal to have blood in your stools. That said, it doesn't mean it has to be due to something serious as hemorrhoids are both common & a common cause of blood in stool. Blood in the stool should be evaluated. If bright red or maroon then a lower GI tract scope (colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, proctoscopy) is first step. If black bloody stool then upper scope indicated. See a GI doctor. ...Read more

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I had a stomach virus 20 days ago that was going around in my job. My stomach never returned back to normal. No vomiting or runny stool?

I had a stomach virus 20 days ago that was going around in my job. My stomach never returned back to normal. No vomiting or runny stool?

Its NOt unusual: For your digestion to take some time in returning to normal! Try ACTIVA. ..eat one cup/day next two weeks!!

Hope this helps
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What to do if I have severe gas, bloating, and yellow stools after having a stomach flu a couple of days ago is this normal?

What to do if I have severe gas, bloating, and yellow stools after having a stomach flu a couple of days ago is this normal?

Altered gut flora: When you have an infection, like the flu, it can change the mix of bacteria that normally live in your colon.
That can give you gas, bloating and change the color of your stools. A few days of yogurt and normal diet should straighten things out. ...Read more

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I have had diyahhera nausea and feces smelling burps for the past 24 hours. Could anyone tell me if this is just the stomach flu?

I have had diyahhera nausea and feces smelling burps for the past 24 hours. Could anyone tell me if this is just the stomach flu?

Maybe not.: If your breath smells like feces, this could mean that you have something more serious than a stomach virus, like a partial obstruction. If you are taking Imodium (loperamide) stop it! This can cause your intestines to stop working temporarily if you do have a virus and cause symptoms like an obstruction. See a doc today and get checked. If you have fever, or abdominal pain, an ER is the best bet. ...Read more

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I have diarrhea, stomach cramps nausea, feces smelling breath Reflux and heart burn. This has been going on for about 24 hours is it stomach flu?

I have diarrhea, stomach cramps nausea, feces smelling breath Reflux and heart burn. This has been going on for about 24 hours is it stomach flu?

Likely is: This is likely the stomach flu...perhaps a viral gastrointestinal infection. IF you have fever, black stools, bloody stools, increasing abdominal pain, chest pain or other serious symptoms or cannot stay hydrated then see your health provider soon. ...Read more

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How do you catch the norovirus?

How do you catch the norovirus?

Fecal-oral route: Ingestion of contaminated food.

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What are some ways to lessen the pain from the norovirus?

What are some ways to lessen the pain from the norovirus?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Norovirus represent about 90% of the intestinal viruses which cause human disease. It causes severe intestinal distress with fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea being common. Patients report body aches which relate to the body's response to the virus. All we can offer is relief of any fever or pain using tylenol, (acetaminophen) which is preferrable to Ibuprofen or other NSAID which can irritate the GI tract. ...Read more

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How do I avoid norovirus at the hosptial?

Hand washing: By hand washing or wear gloves as the virus can spread by digital contamination. ...Read more

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Is the norovirus an airborne pathogen?

Yes: This virus can be spread through air (aerosolization). It can also be transmitted by fecally contaminated food or water; by person-to-person contact; as well as the aerosolization of the virus and subsequent contamination of surfaces. ...Read more

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What number of different strains of norovirus are there?

Complex question: There's not a simple answer to this. There is only one species of norovirus, but there are at least 8 serotypes, five genogroups, and many genotypes. I know, that did not help much. Sorry. ...Read more

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