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.
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 dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes which may be.

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Can viral gastroenteritis be prevented?

Yes and no. Good hand hygiene with any type of food that you ingest..Make sure it is well cooked - otherwise the illness can occur in outbreaks and sporadically. Read more...
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...

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...

Should I give my child zinc to prevent gastroenteritis?

No evidence. There is no evidence that zinc is effective in preventing gastroenteritis. The best preventative is proper hygiene and food preparation. Read more...
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...
May help if zinc low. Several reports from developing countries have demonstrated zinc supplements provide significant reduction in stool output and duration, persistency and severity of diarrhea. The use of zinc as adjunctive therapy to oral hydration has been thought as a way to manage diarrhea. The who supports the use of zinc in pediatric patients. A 2009 trial however did not find any benefit from supplementation. Read more...

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...
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 dishes in dishwasher (vice hand-washing). Clean clothes which may be > Read more...

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...

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

Sometimes. But not always. Some kinds of food poisonings are heat resistant so it would not matter. Good thought though ! Read more...
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...
Some. Undercooked animal products (runny eggs, undercooked poultry, rare burgers, etc.)can spread certain bacterial food "poisoning". Cross contamination of cutting boards, with e.g. Raw meat, and then other materials can spread disease. Wash hands. Rare steak ok (germs on outside get cooked, meat inside is sterile); rare burgers: can't tell what came from where. Less the cooking temp, more the meat's. Read more...

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...