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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Treatment For Norovirus Infection

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for wound infection?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for wound infection?

Need to see a doctor: You might need a prescription for an antibiotic. In addition to this, wound care with soap and water is important.

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What is the best over-the-counter treatment for a yeast infection?

What is the best over-the-counter treatment for a yeast infection?

Antifungal: If you have been previously diagnosed by a doctor with a yeast infection then common anti-fungal vaginal remedies include 1 day, 3 days, 7 days regimens (monistat, Gyne-Lotrimin etc). These all work well just be sure to complete regimen. Please see your doctor for proper diagnosis if this is your first infection. Take care of yourself.

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How can I treat my toe fungi infection? I tried an over-the-counter treatment but it didn't work, and now my toe nail has come off?

How can I treat my toe fungi infection? I tried an over-the-counter treatment but it didn't work, and now my toe nail has come off?

Keep in mind...: The fda has recently come out with a blanket statement that toenail fungus can not be cured. It is managed by a number of modalities, but it can always come back in the future. Topical medications (formula 3), laser therapy, surgical removal, homeopathic applications (tea tree oil). Talk to a podiatrist for what will be best and most effective for you.

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Is it possible to get staph infection treatment over the counter?

No, with exceptions: Typically it is necessary to be treated with antibiotics if a staph infection occurs. However, exceptions include 1) a small abscess that can be easily and completely drained, and 2) an infection that is completely removed from the body such ad an amputation of an infected toe, with only healthy tissue remaining.

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How good is over-the-counter yeast infection treatment?

Usually good: If symptoms persist, it might not be yeast. Get checked out by your doctor or nurse practitioner.

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What is a fast efficient over-the-counter yeast infection treatment?

Yeast infection: If you have vulvovaginitis there are numerous otc products available. Check with your friendly pharmacist and they will guide you to a hopefully effective treatment. Good luck.

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I'm curious as to what has been the best over-the-counter yeast infection treatment for you?

Several: There are several over the counter medications specifically used to treat fungal vaginitis - most f them work about 2 out of 3 times. If you use an otc yeast medication and it doesn't work you should see your doctor to be sure it is in fact yeast - and to get a prescription for an effective treatment.

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Norovirus Infection (Definition)

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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