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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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I have bacterial gastroenteritis. Final stages of treatment. It's been a week. How long do I have to wait before i can kiss my girlfriend?

I have bacterial gastroenteritis. Final stages of treatment. It's been a week. How long do I have to wait before i can kiss my girlfriend?

Till GE is gone: Wait till the gastroenteritis is completely resolved and continue to wash your hands and take precautions such as not sharing food or food utensils. ...Read more

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Prescribed cipro (ciprofloxacin) for bacterial gastroenteritis. Is it safe?

Dr. Jay Park Dr. Park
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Prescribed cipro (ciprofloxacin) for bacterial gastroenteritis. Is it safe?

Yes in adults: Ciprofloxacin is infrequently used in bacterial gastroenteritis. Soft tissue damage. E.G., tendon rupture, has been reported especially when used in children. ...Read more

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Can bacterial gastroenteritis spread through saliva i.E. Kissing, etc? Or would the other person get infected with it?

Can bacterial gastroenteritis spread through saliva i.E. Kissing, etc? Or would the other person get infected with it?

Not a concern: In general. You probably will not want to be around others too much anyway feeling like you do. Be aggressive seeing your GI doc and treating the issue. ...Read more

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I have bacterial gastroenteritis and diarrhea just got inside my vagina... Will this harm my 7.2 week old fetus? Will it infect my womb? Help?

I have bacterial gastroenteritis and diarrhea just got inside my vagina... Will this harm my 7.2 week old fetus? Will it infect my womb?  Help?

Unlikely: I often tell patients that women's holes are close together and it is easy to get cross contamination. Take a bath and that should help with the diarrhea in the vagina. Chances are it did not go very deeply and not enough to create any harmful problems for baby. ...Read more

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Does bacterial or viral gastroenteritis have more severe symptoms?

Gastroenteritis: Bacterial enterocolitis usually produces more severe symptoms than viral infection. ...Read more

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14 year old. Same gastroenteritis/stomach bug as rest of fam. Before vomiting/dry-heaving she is getting "waves of terror" common with stomach bug?

14 year old. Same gastroenteritis/stomach bug as rest of fam. Before vomiting/dry-heaving she is getting "waves of terror"  common with stomach bug?

Depends on person: Some people react differently to sickness. When she feels the wave of discomfort and know vomiting/dry heaves may be next, she could get fearful of this. Hopefully, the virus will resolve soon in time. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to take for viral gastroenteritis?

What to take for viral gastroenteritis?

GI sx's: 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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How is viral gastroenteritis diagnosed?

Clinically: It's frequently a diagnosis of exclusion as it's generally a self limited illness - lasting less than 24 hours or so. ...Read more

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How to know if I have viral gastroenteritis?

Symptoms: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of viral gastroenteritis?

What are the symptoms of viral gastroenteritis?

Hukes and spews 2: By definition, there has to be nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. It can also include abdominal pain, cramping, occasionally fever, and occasionally blood in the vomit or stool. ...Read more

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What works for treating viral gastroenteritis in children?

Hydration: The primary treatment in viral gastroenteritis is a close attention to hydration.A source of fluids through oral rehydration fluids, and some solids like applesause, steamed rice, unseasoned pasta and bananas, all help.With proper hydration, most kids will self heal over a few days. ...Read more

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Can viral gastroenteritis be prevented?

Can viral gastroenteritis be prevented?

Yes and no.: Hand washing is the key to preventing illness. Also, remember that everything you touch probably has germs, especially door handles - -so don't touch your face or lick you fingers when you are 'out and about' as it just exposes you to germs. When you get home - wash your hands, first thing. Now, you will probably still get a bug now and then, but avoiding germs will help. ...Read more

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Are there new treatments for viral gastroenteritis in adults?

Agree w Dr. Raff: Hydrate. 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. No fancy new treatments. ...Read more

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Is it any relation between appendectomy and viral gastroenteritis ?

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Is it any relation between appendectomy and viral gastroenteritis ?

No: Appendectomy refers to surgery to remove appendix. Viral gastroenteritis is code for stomach flu. There's no relationship unless your stomach flu was mistaken for acute appendicitis for which you underwent appendectomy. ...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


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more