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Dr. James Chapman
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Rotavirus Infection (Overview)

Rotavirus infection is an extremely common viral infection that causes diarrhea.


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Does rotavirus infection usually cause many symptoms?

Does rotavirus infection usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Dr hadied's answer is comprehensive. But to add, immunize your infant with the rotavirus vaccine, which has according to recent study, reduced the number or er visits due to rotavirus infection from 400, 000 per year to 100, 000 per year, a 75% reduction. And no serious com plications. This will only get better. ...Read more

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Dr. James Chapman
113 doctors shared insights

Rotavirus Infection (Overview)

Rotavirus infection is an extremely common viral infection that causes diarrhea.


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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Do symptoms like rotavirus infection go away quickly?

Do symptoms like rotavirus infection go away quickly?

Some do: Rotovirus is an intestinal virus with variable symptoms and duration. Generally lasting 3-8 days, the affected kid may develop dehydration & acidosis requiring hospital based care or have a brief mild illness and self recover. ...Read more

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What are the tests for rotavirus infection?

What are the tests for rotavirus infection?

Poo sent to lab: Some stool water/solids can be sent to a laboratory that will test the material for the presence of the rotovirus antigen (bodies) using a simple test. It seldom changes the method of treatment for the child but helps monitor the activity of the virus in the community. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic or a urine test
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food: caffeine, citrus, alcohol, spicy
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Take an over-the-counter analgesic for pain and to soothe bladder
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I have Crohn's disease, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

I have Crohn's disease, can a rotavirus infection cause complications?

Probably not: Rotavirus commonly affects young children rather than adults & causes watery diarrhea that usually goes away on its own in a few days.You may be able to get rotavirus if you are taking meds for crohns (they suppress your immune system & make it harder to fight off infections). It should not cause any long term complications. Drink plenty of fluids with electrolytes (ex gatorade) & see dr if needed. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for rotavirus infection?

Care supportive: Kids with rotovirus are generally treated with supportive measures.Rehydration fluids, diet as tolerated and monitored urine output. Occasionally IV fluids are necessary. The virus will resolve within 3-8 days and gut recovery will follow close behind. There are no abx or anti-diarrhea meds that help this in a small child. An adult might try loperamide for the cramps & loose stools. ...Read more

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Treating a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call dr if you have fever or back pain. Kidney infections are serious
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well-hydrated and help flush infection
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Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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Can better hygiene prevent rotavirus infection?

Yes.: Good handwashing is key! rotavirus causes bad diarrhea and in newborns, elderly and people with weak immune systems, can cause severe dehydration... And sometimes death. Another way to prevent rotavirus is to have your infant vaccinated. The vaccine is safe and effective. Cheers! ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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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