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Stomach Flu Gastroenteritis Foodborne Illness
What are causes of stomach flu and risks for elderly residents in a RCFE? How could it have been prevented? Length of time of this illness?
Stomach flu: is caused by a virus, like norovirus. But in an RCFE I'd also be worried about the bacteria C. difficile. It can be prevented with careful and frequent hand washing among the residents and staff, and keeping contaminated items from being shared. A viral stomach flu lasts as long as 2 weeks, but a C. difficile infection can last longer. ...Read more
Foodborne illness is a condition in which a person got sick after eating or drinking contaminated food or drink. There are many types of foodborne illness, such as hepatitis A from shellfish, E. coli from undercooked burger patties, Listeria from dairy products, salmonella from eggs, botulism from ...Read more
I had the stomach flu 7/3-7/6 on 7/4 my period came on time but light only 4 days (reg. 7 days) Did the illness have anything to do with length/flow?
Could be: We do not usually draw any conclusions when the menstrual cycle is just a few days shorter than usual especially during the middle of a major illness. Track your cycles over the next 3-4 months. If you are not satisfied with your cycle control then considering seeing an obgyn to discuss options for cycle regulation ...Read more
Probably a dumb question, but I take two doses of ODT Zofran daily due to disease and nausea. Does this help protect me from vomiting from stomach flu?
Not Dumb! It helps.: Zofran helps with nausea and vomiting from many causes. So if you are taking it for chronic nausea, it will also affect the nausea from an acute gastroenteritis (stomach bug). It's a good question! Zofran treats symptoms: nausea and vomiting, not the cause of them. These symptoms can have many causes, which Zofran does not correct. ...Read more
Steps to take: If you have mucus in your stools.Referral for colonoscopy /sigmoidoscopy if you have rectal bleeding, night time abdominal pain, weight loss, anemia.If you have mucus +diarrhea-stool cultures to rule out GI infection.Lactose intolerance shd be considered to modify diet, need also to rule out celiac , ibs (inflammatory bowel disease), usually with yellow mucus.Be sure to see your doctor. ...Read more
Fluid replacement: There is no "cure"for a viral gastroenteritis. The important thing is to keep up with fluid losses--usually staring with small volumes of fluid and increasing as tolerated. Food and fluid if diarrhea is the problem. If that does not work, IV fluids may be needed, or an anti-emetic, such as zofran. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How to stop vomitting? How long does gastroenteritis (stomach flu) last and how to keep energized and hydrated?
Depends: If its moderate nausea then oral agents like Compazine can be used. If even pills can't stay down rectal compazine. Once this calms the nausea use this as an oppurtunity to take in ice chips. Dont over do it . If you push too hard you will only throw up again and will progressively get more dehydrated. ...Read more
Flu on the road: Stomach flu. If you're on the road, i will assume you have access to a drug store at least for over-the-counter medications. For nausea, otc antihismanines like dramamine or Meclizine should help. For the diarrhea, otc immodium works very well. Otherwise, drink plenty of fluids, rest, and eat as much of a healthy diet as you can (you will recover faster). Tylenol for fever. ...Read more
If you have stomach flu (gastroenteritis) & bacterial vaginosis at the same time can it intensify nausea & other symptoms? Day 8 of stomach flu.
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