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Should I give my child zinc to prevent gastroenteritis?

Should I give my child zinc to prevent gastroenteritis?

Probiotics: Agree with dr. C. Zinc has been shown to help kids with zinc deficiency or malnourished kids with gastroenteritis but we don't know about other kids. But probiotics [include lactobacillus] may prevent gastroenteritis in adults and kids. Here's to healthy tummies! ...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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What is gastroenteritis? What causes it and how do you prevent it?

What is gastroenteritis? What causes it and how do you prevent it?

Gastroenteritis: It is usually a GI illness causes by viruses. Avoid Stomach Flu - Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash wi warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash > ...Read more

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Can gastroenteritis be prevented?

Can gastroenteritis be prevented?

Prevention: Gastroenteritis is caused by viruses usually. The key to preventing transmission is proper hand washing between contacts. Also, proper food storage techniques can prevent formation of certain bacteria which can cause it. ...Read more

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Can improving hygiene prevent gastroenteritis?

Absolutely YES: It is transmitted from hand to mouth so good hand washing is a must for prevention and spred of the common stomach flu. ...Read more

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How do I prevent myself from getting gastroenteritis?

Wash your hands: A GI bug can be passed through your food or from poor hygeine. Proper precautions, such as when preparing poultry, can help. But sometimes, when foods are contaminated, there is no prevention. And many people (for example, on a cruise ship) can pick up norovirus with exposure only to surfaces. Still, washing your hands before you eat and cooking your food thorougly is a good start. ...Read more

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Can cooking food longer and at a higher temperature prevent gastroenteritis?

Can cooking food longer and at a higher temperature prevent gastroenteritis?

Not the common types: These are mostly spread by dirty hands. Overcooking and boiling drinking water can prevent some foodborne infections such as e coli or listeria, though. ...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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Get ivig q3wks for autoimmune and wondering if it'll help prevent influenza and gastroenteritis? Also on numerous meds plus prednisones and Zofran (ondansetron) daily

Get ivig q3wks for autoimmune and wondering if it'll help prevent influenza and gastroenteritis? Also on numerous meds plus prednisones and Zofran (ondansetron) daily

Probably: But on the other hand you are on prednisone too, which suppresses t cells, which has a multitude of functions in the immune sysytem other than helping produce antibodies, at any rate, confer with your doctor, play it safe, stay away from sick people, keep washing your hands and other universal precautions to guard against infection, goodluck ...Read more

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What medicines are like Zofran (ondansetron) meaning prevent vomiting not only from chemo but also from gastroenteritis but prescription not needed in order to buy?

Not many good ones.: Most good anti-vomiting drugs require a prescription in the U.S. Zofran definitely requires one. For diarrhea and stomach upset from gastroenteritis, try Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate. Some of the antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Dramamine can also help with nausea. For severe nausea and vomiting, call a doctor or clinic for a prescription. ...Read more

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Is there a vaccine for preventing the "stomach flu"?

Is there a vaccine for preventing the "stomach flu"?

Not specificly: Although the polio vaccine & the rotovirus vaccine cover two germs that cause a diarrheal illness, there is none for the broad range of enteroviruses that cause the stomach flu. ...Read more

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What is the simplest way to prevent against the stomach flu?

What is the simplest way to prevent against the stomach flu?

Stomach flu: Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash wi warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes which may be > ...Read more

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How do I prevent getting the stomach flu?

No guarantee: Best chance for prevention is get a flu shot, stay away from anyone who may have it, use disinfectant often. ...Read more

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How do I prevent getting the "stomach flu"?

How do I prevent getting the "stomach flu"?

Wash your hands: The viruses that cause stomach bugs are spread by contact and enter the body through your mouth, nose, or eyes. The best thing is to wash your hands well with soap and water. And do not rub your eyes or nose or touch your mouth with unwashed hands. Viruses also can travel in food or drinks. No sharing cups or food. Many viruses are contagious before symptoms, so looking well is no guarantee. ...Read more

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How to prevent the stomach flu when you feel like you've already caught it?

How to prevent the stomach flu when you feel like you've already caught it?

Not much...: All you can do is wash hands frequently, avoid others who are known to have it, etc. Once you have it, im not aware of anything you can do to prevent it. See your doctor for medications to help you through it, though. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a simple way to cure or prevent the stomach flu?

Prevention: Wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds often. Don’t touch your nose, eyes or mouth without clean hands. Don’t share the same cups, forks or spoons. Use disinfectants on solid surfaces. Bring sanitizer with you when you are out. Try to avoid contact with people who are sick. ...Read more

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How do I prevent myself from having stomach flu if my roommate and boyfriend both have 24 hr stomach flu?

How do I prevent myself from having stomach flu if my roommate and boyfriend both have 24 hr stomach flu?

Stay away: Avoid contact with both until, their symptoms clear for 24 hrs. Wash your hands frequently when you restart contactt. ...Read more

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Can you prevent getting the stomach flu if you have already been exposed to norovirus?

Can you prevent getting the stomach flu if you have already been exposed to norovirus?

No: Stomach flu is usually a layman term for viral enteritis, which may be because of multiple other viruses other than norovirus.
Norovirus does not even provide full immunity against itself. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to prevent the stomach flu in college?

Can you tell me how to prevent the stomach flu in college?

To avoid stomach: Flu: Wash your hands before touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Wash w/ warm water & soap for 20 seconds. Hand-sanitizer doesn't kill Norovirus. Use paper towel to turn off faucet & open door when exiting a public restroom. Antiseptic wipes can be used on doorknobs, keyboards & other surfaces if diluted bleach is not available. Wash dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes. ...Read more

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How can I prevent the stomach flu if my twin sister has it?

How can I prevent the stomach flu if my twin sister has it?

Gastroenteritis: Stomach flu can be transmitted by eating infected food or liquids or through contact w an infected person. Wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds often. Don’t touch your nose, eyes or mouth without clean hands. Don’t share the same cups, forks or spoons. Use disinfectants on solid surfaces. Bring sanitizer with you when you are out. Try to avoid contact with people who are sick. ...Read more

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Will taking Zofran (ondansetron) help prevent the stomach flu going around here bad!

Will taking Zofran (ondansetron) help prevent the stomach flu going around here bad!

NO: Zofran (ondansetron) is simply for the naseau associated with the viral gastroeneteritis (stomach flu), and will not prevent the illness. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Can ondansetron prevent vomiting when you have the stomach flu?

Can ondansetron prevent vomiting when you have the stomach flu?

More info needed: It's difficult to offer advise in this case as the symptoms involved are not clear. The above drug is used to treat nausea and vomiting after chemo or radiation. Of note is the drugs side effects which can be mild (diarrhea, constipation) to severe (hallucinations, coma) and drug interaction with other drugs (anti-epileptics or TB drugs). Its best to see your physician for further assessment. ...Read more

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I'm on IVIG once every 4 wks, 2 Zofran (ondansetron) daily. These are because of my MG. NOW household has respitory & stomach flu. Possible meds will "prevent" me?

I'm on IVIG once every 4 wks, 2 Zofran (ondansetron) daily. These are because of my MG. NOW household has respitory & stomach flu. Possible meds will "prevent" me?

Influenza/Rx: Tamiflu is one option if the members of your family have influenza virus. If they have another virus, one of the members may have a respiratory DFA panel from a nasal swab to determine if they have a respiratory virus which may be more serious if you catch it from them. ...Read more

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I'm coming back from being sick with a respiratory bug to an office full of people who have the stomach flu. How can I prevent getting sick with this?

I'm coming back from being sick with a respiratory bug to an office full of people who have the stomach flu. How can I prevent getting sick with this?

Avoidance is best.: Of course good hygiene practice. A natural approach I have see includes the following: Vit. C 4 gm/d, Vit. D 50, 000 IU for 5 days and then drop to 5000 IU daily, and Homeopahtics for viruses. ...Read more

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Will using anti-bacterical alcohol hand gel prevent me from getting the stomach flu?

Will using anti-bacterical alcohol hand gel prevent me from getting the stomach flu?

Possibly: Any hand washing and hygiene can help prevent the spread of any contact disease. ...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


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