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.
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.

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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...

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...

Are there new treatments for viral gastroenteritis in adults?

Viral gastroenteriti. There is no effective treatment against the viruses most commonly causing gastroenteritis. Read more...
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...