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Will gastroenteritis kill me?

Will gastroenteritis kill me?

It can: Gastroenteritis is the number one cause of death world wide. In developed countries it is very rare to die from this, especially if you have access to medical care. I personally have one patient who did die from gastro when they refused to come back for re-eval as recommended. ...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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Will plain yogurt with live and active cultures help kill gastroenteritis germs or will it make me sicker?

Will plain yogurt with live and active cultures help kill gastroenteritis germs or will it make me sicker?

Gastroenteritis : Yogurt with live lactobacillus will replenish lost normal flora of gi. It is ok to take it. It does not kill any bacteria. It is in fact good bacteria. It should not make one sicker. ...Read more

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Could lysol kill the stomach flu?

Could lysol kill the stomach flu?

Lysol: Lysol on kitchen and bathroom surfaces should keep the area clean. Ingested lysol could kill you as well as the stomach flu. ...Read more

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How long do stomach flu germs live on plastic and wood like in a cosmetic closet, is 5-6 months enough to kill?

How long do stomach flu germs live on plastic and wood like in a cosmetic closet, is 5-6 months enough to kill?

Yes: Norovirus, which causes outbreaks of stomach flu on cruise ships and in nursing homes, also affects many people in other settings. Studies have shown that on dry surfaces, without food residue, vomit residue, etc..., the viruses are dead after about 30 days (can be sooner) without disinfectant. Norovirus spreads easily because a very small number surviving virus particles can infect a person. ...Read more

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How to know if I still have 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. According to the CDC, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of one to ten days (depending on the specific virus). ...Read more

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What people are at risk for gastroenteritis?

Gastro: Gastroenteritis is usually caused by a virus and just like the flu is transmitted from person to person. Unlike the flu, it is usually transmitted by poor hand hygeine. It can come in waves on certain communities and during certain tomes of year (spring/summer). Anyone can get gastroenteritis - prevention with good hand washing and food storage is key. ...Read more

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Ok i've got gastroenteritis. What should I do?

Fluid: Stay well hydrated, control nausea and get some bed rest until symptoms have improved. This seldom lasts more than a day or two, and if it stays longer see your doctor. Drink plenty of fluids and if you cannot keep things down - see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

Gastroenteritis is a loose term denoting inflammation of the stomach and small ...Read more