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What is the treatment for norovirus infection?

What is the treatment for norovirus infection?

Hydration: Norovirus is a virus that commonly causes vomiting and diarrhea. It is extremely contagious by contact with microscopic amounts of vomitus or stool. The treatment is aimed at the symptoms. Anti-vomiting and anti-diarrhea medications can be used if needed. The most important treatment is to keep well hydrated and the body will clear the virus on its own. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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If you contract a bad case of norovirus infection, would you die?

It's possible.: It's possible to get so dehydrated that you could be seriously ill and die without medical care. If you think you have gastroenteritis and can't keep anything down, or if you stop producing urine, please see a doctor right away! ...Read more

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Do lots of people get norovirus infection, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get norovirus infection, or is it unusual?

Yes: Not uncommon, but usually with people in close proximity to each other, like at schools or on cruise ships. ...Read more

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What are the tests for norovirus infection?

PCR if needed: Specific testing is usually not needed for individuals with symptoms of norovirus infection. That's because, whether the symptoms are caused by norovirus or a different virus, the treatment is the same: hydration (and maybe vomiting or diarrhea medications) while the body clears the virus on its own. For special cases or public health purposes, stool or vomit can be tested by pcr. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of norovirus infection?

What are the symptoms of norovirus infection?

Diarrhea: Diarrhea is the most prominent symptom but patients often also have vomiting, malaise, muslce aches and fevers. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like norovirus infection go away quickly?

Do symptoms like norovirus infection go away quickly?

Viral Diarrheas: The major causes of gastroenteritis are viruses, accounting for 1/3 of acute diarrheal illnesses. These fall into 5 categories: rotaviruses (lasts 3-7 days); enteric adenovirus (last 5-12 days with vomiting and fever); norwalk virus (lasts 1-2 days with flu-like symptoms); calicivirus (with shellfish, lasts 1-2 days in adults; longer in kids); astrovirus (kids & in nursing homes, lasts 2-3 days). ...Read more

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Norovirus infection - what is it?

Norovirus infection - what is it?

'Stomach flu': It's one of the viruses that can cause gastroenteritis ('stomach flu'). It's now the most common cause of epidemic nonbacterial gastroenteritis in the world. It's highly contagious -- it sometimes takes only 10 virus particles to infect someone! ...Read more

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Will norovirus infections kill me?

Will norovirus infections kill me?

Usually not: Norovirus infections are a common cause of gastroenteritis (diarrhea with nausea and vomiting). The infection is usually self limited. ...Read more

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What are the tests for norovirus infections?

PCR if needed: Specific testing is usually not needed for individuals with symptoms of norovirus infection. That's because, whether the symptoms are caused by norovirus or a different virus, the treatment is the same: hydration (and maybe vomiting or diarrhea medications) while the body clears the virus on its own. For special cases or public health purposes, stool or vomit can be tested by pcr. ...Read more

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I have a fairly bad infection in my upper left gum line, what would be the best over the counter treatment I could get? I don't have insurance...

I have a fairly bad infection in my upper left gum line, what would be the best over the counter treatment I could get? I don't have insurance...

There aren't any: Gum infections can't be cured with pills, ointments, snake oil, emollients, or salves. Gum infections are very serious, destroying gum tissue and the underlying bone that supports the teeth. Contact a gum specialist, a Periodontist, and ask about payment options. Contact Social Services for locations of dental clinics. Seek treatment at a Dental School. ...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


Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Noroviruses (Norwalk Like Viruses) (Definition)

Norovirus infections are conditions that consist of food-borne epidemics of nausea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. ...Read more