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Can you die from gastroenteritis?

Can you die from gastroenteritis?

Yes: Rotavirus group a is the leading cause of viral gastroenteritis worldwide. It causes a dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children. More than a half-million infants and young children worldwide die of rotavirus gastroenteritis each year (parashar et al, 2009). Fatalities from viral gastroenteritis are more likely to occur in those at the extremes of age or the immunocompromised. ...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 causes gastroenteritis usually?

What causes gastroenteritis usually?

Germ invasion: The gut viruses are spread through saliva & end up on a variety of surfaces like door knobs or shopping carts & live for hours or days.The average adult will pass germs from their contaminated fingers to their face or mouth several times per hour. These germs invade the lining of your gut & cause symptoms.Some bacteria can enter the same way & cause the same sx. Frequent handwasing can reduce this. ...Read more

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What kind of foods should you not eat if you have gastroenteritis?

What kind of foods should you not eat if you have gastroenteritis?

Start slow: It's best to give your GI tract a rest in the beginning. Focus on hydration. When you do eat, start with clear liquids and then advance gradually if tolerated. Good things to eat included bananas, toast, rice, broth, and apples. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, milk products, acidic food, and fatty food. Stay off milk products until you've been better for 1-2 weeks. ...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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Can gastroenteritis be prevented?

Can gastroenteritis be prevented?

Prevention: Gastroenteritis is caused by viruses usually. The key to preventing transmission is proper hand washing between contacts. Also, proper food storage techniques can prevent formation of certain bacteria which can cause it. ...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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Can gastroenteritis lead to GERD ?

Unrelated: Gastroenteritis(inflammation of the stomach and intestines often caused by a viral infection) is unrelated to GERD. The latter is due to an insufficient sphincter which is supposed to prevent stomach contents from refluxing upward into the esophagus causing heartburn. ...Read more

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How is viral gastroenteritis treated?

Usually with time...: Most cases of viral gastroenteritis are mild, self-limited, and not life threatening. These resolve on their own with supportive care (drink fluids to prevent dehydration, eat moderately as tolerated, as needed analgesia). In special cases (newborns, elderly, debilitated) hospitalization may be required to provide IV fluids and to support co-morbid medical conditions. ...Read more

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