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Should you sleep in the same bed as someone with a stomach virus?

Should you sleep in the same bed as someone with a stomach virus?

It is ok: It is ok as long as you are not being exposed to his secretions/excrement. ...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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5y/o son had stomach virus on 11/5-11/6. Every night since he wakes & vomits 1x then back to sleep and fine the next morning. He had reflux as a baby.

5y/o son had stomach virus on 11/5-11/6. Every night since he wakes & vomits 1x then back to sleep and fine the next morning. He had reflux as a baby.

Follow up: Let it go a week, before you take child for eval. In the meantime if this is all and nothing getting worse, I wouldn't worry much. Zmd ...Read more

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If you have recovered from a stomach virus what are the odds of contracting the same virus 2 days later from someone?

If you have recovered from a stomach virus what are the odds of contracting the same virus 2 days later from someone?

Not very high but...: Some viruses come on, get better, then act up for a few more days before recovery is complete. ...Read more

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Can you get the same stomach virus twice in a row?

Can you get the same stomach virus twice in a row?

No you can not: You can not get the same strain of virus twice in a row. ...Read more

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How long does a stomach virus live on clothing or bed sheets?

Viral life: Most virus do not live outside a host for more than a few hours. It would be rare to find them on a bed sheet or clothing. Common viruses are spread by contact from host to host. An example is the flu; infected individuals can spread the flu virus from the day before they begin to feel ill until 3–7 days after the start of flu symptoms. ...Read more

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My mother and I both threw up at the same time in the middle of the night. Given this fact, which is more liklely a) we have stomach virus b) food poi?

My mother and I both threw up at the same time in the middle of the night. Given this fact, which is more liklely a) we have stomach virus b) food poi?

Virus/food poison: Both are equally likely. If you were both out together in the same public location, a stomach virus is just as possible as eating the same food at a meal. ...Read more

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Is it safe to be around someone with a stomach virus?

Is it safe to be around someone with a stomach virus?

Usually yes: If you practice good hygiene (don't share food or drinks, wash hands frequently, etc.) the chances of contagion are low in most cases. If someone is immunocompromised or chronically ill, extra precautions or isolation should be observed. Some viruses which cause vomiting may be spread via the respiratory tract, but that is not as common. ...Read more

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What do doctors recommend someone does after having a stomach virus to feel better faster?

Sip, Sip, Sip.: Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration.Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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Is it possible to not catch a contagious stomach virus from someone you live with (don't share a room)?

Is it possible to not catch a contagious stomach virus from someone you live with (don't share a room)?

YES: Most of these viruses (eg: Norovirus) LIVE ON SURFACES thus HAND WASHING and NOT SHARING dishes, bathroom supplies are the only way to avoid the vurus. BLEACH clean all surfaces touched by the infected person!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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How does someone catch a stomach virus?

Multiple ways...: Stomach viruses are usually transmitted via airborne or contact route. This explains how stomach virus outbreaks occur on cruise ships affecting many people at once. ...Read more

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Just curious how long does it take to catch a stomach virus from someone?

Just curious how long does it take to catch a stomach virus from someone?

Depends: Depends on the type of virus, you can catch the virus right away however show no symptoms right away depending on the virus incubation time (the time you catch it to the time you become symptomatic). ...Read more

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I'm 33 and am on my 8th stomach virus in the last 7 or 8 months. More than half, someone else in my family also got. Should I be worried?

I'm 33 and am on my 8th stomach virus in the last 7 or 8 months. More than half, someone else in my family also got. Should I be worried?

Bad luck vs. Problem: That sounds miserable! If multiple people in a family have similar stomach flu symptoms at the same time, it's a good story for passing around a virus, but may also represent food-borne illness, parasites, or even non-infectious cases of these symptoms. You could just have a run of bad luck, but best to discuss with your doc to see if testing or expert referral would help you. ...Read more

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Someone in on Nexium (esomeprazole) for months even though they don't need it. They claim it greatly lowers chances of stomach virus bc there's less acid. Is this true?

Someone in on Nexium (esomeprazole) for months even though they don't need it. They claim it greatly lowers chances of stomach virus bc there's less acid. Is this true?

Partly right...: It's true there's less acid, but acid suppression does not "greatly lower chances of a stomach virus" (the reverse may actually be true for some infections!) ...Read more

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What can help with a stomach virus?

Brat diet, liquids: Car liquids in small amounts as tolerated then advance diet as tolerated. For diarrhea brat diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast (crackers)). Yogurt also helps restore normal bacteria in the colon. ...Read more

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How often do adults get the stomach virus?

How often do adults get the stomach virus?

Everyone...: ...can and likely will get a stomach virus (short of living in an isolation bubble)! Avoid exposures & wash hands if prevention is your goal. ...Read more

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Could a stomach virus or bug last a month?

Could a stomach virus or bug last a month?

Not usual.: Not normally. According to the cdc, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). This may not be a stomach virus. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I get a stomach virus again if I just had it?

Can I get a stomach virus again if I just had it?

Yes: Gi distress with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea can be caused by various viruses and bacteria. It is not uncommon to have a relapse of the same stomach virus. ...Read more

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How would I know if my stomach virus is getting better?

How would I know if my stomach virus is getting better?

Stomach virus: Once you are getting better you'll have improvement in symptoms like nausea, stomachache, vomiting, diarrhea. Your appetite will start coming back. ...Read more

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For what length of time can a stomach virus be on surfaces?

Depends on the virus: There are several virus strains which cause gastrointestinal infection called stomach virus. These viruses can be contagious on the surfaces from 3to14 days depending on the virus and the surface. But in referigerrator they can last much longer. ...Read more

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Please answer! What kind of pain does the stomach virus cause?

Please answer! What kind of pain does the stomach virus cause?

Often cramping: Gastroenteritis symptoms may include: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/pain, headaches, muscular aches & pains as well as fever (low grade). Bloody stools are not usually associated with gastroenteritis. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus). The average is 1 to 3 days. ...Read more

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How to treat stomach virus?

Gastroenteritis.: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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Best way to prevent stomach virus?

Best way to prevent stomach virus?

Handwash... Handwash: Well you get it! Immunize with the stomach virus vaccine RotaTeq and avoid daycare if possible and common sense universal precautions goes a long way! Regards! ...Read more

Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with "stomach flu" viruses. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter Pedialyte or other ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more