FAQ - gastroenteritis, transmissible, of swine
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Swine flu or gastroenteritis questions?

Ok, I come from a county in California where there have been 1,000 cases of swine flu. It's funny how the hospital diagnosed me with a cold AND stomach flu instead of swine flu. I'm not sure myself, but whatever. I have a few questions regarding whatever it is I have.

1) I had constant diarrhea for the past 3 days and just now, I'm turning up constipated. Is this a sign it's getting better? Is it normal? What's up?

2) How do you keep hydrated during sleep?

3) Do cough drops (lemon) irritate the diarrhea? Is it just the lemon flavor?

4) Does hot water help the stomach with diarrhea?

5) I lost about 4 lbs since this whole ordeal started. Is this normal of stomach flu?

Gastroenteritis is known as the stomach "flu", but it isn't an influenza bug at all. It's usually either a bacterial food borne illness (food poisoning) or caused by the Norovirus. Norovirus typically resolves itself within forty-eight hours. Usually it's referred to as a 24 hour bug, because most people only suffer for a day.

Food borne illness, on the other hand, is a type of gastroenteritis that can be substantially worse (and, in some cases, fatal) than Norovirus. I highly doubt you have swine flu.

1. Your system will be out of whack for a few days. Since getting the stomach bug your body hasn't been processing waste the way it normally does. You may also notice some slight changes in urination as well. Did your doctor prescribe an anti-diarrheal?

2. Get a vaporizer for your room to help relieve your cold symptoms. In terms of internal hydration you can only stay hydrated as much as possible while you're awake. Drink electrolyte replacement drinks such as Pedialyte or Gatorade.

3. Lemon is usually very soothing and should not exacerbate the diarrhea.

4. Drink peppermint or ginger tea. You also need to try and get some solid foods in you. Anything you can stomach - bananas (help harden stools), soda crackers, plain toast. Anything bland, but solid, is crucial because all liquids will cause more diarrhea.

5. Yes, but if you continue vomiting and/or having diarrhea you may need to go to the ER to receive intravenous fluids to get hydrated again. I have a friend who got food poisoning at her boyfriend's family's Thanksgiving dinner last year. She was ill for five days and ended up in the hospital for two days. You have to take care of yourself.  (+ info)

How long are you Immune to Gastroenteritis after you have contracted it?

Both me and my father contracted (What we thought to be) Gastroenteritis back in early January and got over it. Now, we're possibly going to visit our relatives.
The problem is that my Grandmother, whom we were going to visit, has contracted what seems to be the same junk that we got.
My mother and sister never got it, so they're definitely vulnerable. So I was wondering, how long does the immunity to Gastroenteritis last? Thanks for any help!

gastroenteritis is caused by a 100 different bugs...rotaviraus, norwalk virus, ecoli, shigella etc etc and every bug will give immunity for a variable period and not very long but u can always get the other bugs ! so there is no safe period ! be careful with what u eat  (+ info)

If i have the swine flu vs the regualar flu how would i know? What is the difference in symptoms?

What is the difference between the regular flu and the swine flu? And if someone has the swine , how long does it take to recover from it , esp if there are no vaccines available ? What should one do in that case? I have consulted a doctor and even he does not know what i should do, he himself said he had the swine already and has not fully recovered and i have had it now for three weeks . I have congestion so badly that sometimes i simply can not breathe properly.

There is no difference. The flu is the flu. This swine nonsense is just the media's way to once again manipulate people into thinking they need flu shots and dangerous vaccines.  (+ info)

how do you find out if you were ever infected with transmissible spongiform encephalopathies?

What tests can you ahve done to test to see if you have ever had transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, or if you do now, or how to recognizre it in someone?

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) is a fatal brain disorder. Its early symptoms resemble those of Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, but Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease progresses much more rapidly. Of the CJD cases not classified as sporadic, one type — variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) — is particularly notorious. This type was identified as a new CJD variant in the mid-1990's, after four young people in the United Kingdom developed unexplained dementia in a short span of time. Scientists concluded that the outbreak was caused by eating beef from cattle with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), sometimes called mad cow disease.
reutzfeldt-Jakob disease is marked by rapid mental deterioration. The disease typically starts by causing mental and emotional problems, then progresses to affect motor skills, such as walking and talking. Sometimes, however, motor problems are present from the start.

Initially, CJD may resemble depression, with such symptoms as:
* Personality changes * Difficulty concentrating * Social withdrawal
* Loss of interest in usual activities * Memory lapses
Early physical effects may be slower to appear, but they sometimes precede or accompany personality and mood changes. The first physical signs may include:
* Clumsiness * Poor coordination * Muscle spasms * Difficulty speaking
* Difficulty walking
Over a matter of months, CJD progresses rapidly, with results that may include:
* Profound loss of memory * Incontinence * Hallucinations * Inability to speak
* Blurred vision or blindness * Inability to swallow * Coma
* Fatal complications, such as heart failure, respiratory failure or infection
The disease usually runs its course in about seven months, although a few people may live up to one or two years after diagnosis.

Only a brain biopsy or an examination of brain tissue after death (autopsy) can confirm the presence of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. But doctors often can make an accurate diagnosis based on your medical and personal history, a neurological exam, and certain diagnostic tests. The exam is likely to reveal such characteristic symptoms as muscle twitching and spasms, abnormal reflexes, and coordination problems. People with CJD also may have areas of blindness and changes in visual-spatial perception.
In addition doctors commonly use these tests to help detect CJD:
* Electroencephalogram (EEG). Using electrodes placed on your scalp, this test measures your brain's electrical activity. People with CJD and vCJD show a characteristically abnormal pattern.
* Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This technique uses radio waves and a magnetic field to create cross-sectional images of your head and body. It's especially useful in diagnosing brain disorders because of its high-resolution images of the brain's white matter and gray matter.
* Spinal fluid tests. Cerebral spinal fluid surrounds and cushions your brain and spinal cord. In a test called a lumbar puncture — popularly known as a spinal tap — doctors use a needle to withdraw a small amount of this fluid for testing. The presence of a particular protein in spinal fluid is often an indication of CJD or vCJD.
* Tonsil biopsy. Scientists have learned that tissue from the tonsils tends to harbor evidence of vCJD. Examination of a sample of tonsil tissue may help diagnose vCJD, but this method seems less reliable for other forms of CJD.  (+ info)

If someone has swine flu and has been in a vehicle, can it be passed on to others?

We tow cars. If a customer has swine flu, and we get in their car to tow it, can we get swine flu? Do the germs dissipate after a certain amount of time? If they sneeze and get snot on the wheel, will the germs be gone when the snot dries.

Yes you can.
Practicing frequent handwashing, not touching the eyes,etc without washing the hands first, is said to help cut down on the risk of passing the virus from your hands to the eyes or mouth.  (+ info)

How do you diagnose swine flu and what is the accuracy of the diagnosis?

I am a bit astounded that doctors in minor clinics in Nova Scotia can claim to have diagnosed swine flu in four high-school students. Are they using some form of test like the HIV western blot, or are they just looking at these people weezing and in light of the present hysteria, saying OH MY GOD! SWINE FLU!

Hey don't worry its just like the flu its not that bad my boss had it like three weeks ago and he recovered and my bro works at the hospital were they have 8 cases and only one person had to be hospitalized because that person was of old age, I really don't know why there dieing in Mexico maybe it isn't true. most Mexicans in Mexico are ignorant they use stupid Mexican remedies for the flu and i know I'm Mexican American with family down there and they don't know about Tylenol extra strength which lowers the deadly fever of a flu . may I add they do have really good doctors. all i know is im washing my hands cuz i dont want to miss 1 weeks worth of work or school! and if you do get it get rest go to your doctor and keep hydrated its just a flu the good part is that if you do get it you will be immune to bird flu and other crazy flus' worry if old  (+ info)

Whats the difference between swine flu and a cold?

I was wondering if anyone can tell me what the difference is between a cold and the swine flu? I went to the doctor the other day as I have been sick and he just gave me antibiotics. It makes me wonder, he didnt ask me is i had been travelling or do any tests. I am concerened about the swine flu!

The swine flu leaves you with a extremely dry and sore throat which soon can lead to you having trouble breathing. Mainly, flu is very rare that a person can die. Swine flu can kill you in the matter of 15 days. They both involve, fever, cough, sneezing sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu.
Common cold symptoms usually start between one and three days after you are infected by a cold virus. Typically, they last for about three to seven days. At that point, the worst is over, but you may feel congested for a week or more. During the first three days that you have common cold symptoms, you are contagious. This means you can pass the cold virus to those you come in contact with.  (+ info)

What are the diffrences between swine flu and ordinary flu?

How could I learn the symptoms of swine flu ?How DO the doctors diagnose the swine flu from usual one?

The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people as much as possible to keep from spreading your illness to others.

If you become ill and experience any of the following warning signs, seek emergency medical care.

In children emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

* Fast breathing or trouble breathing
* Bluish skin color
* Not drinking enough fluids
* Not waking up or not interacting
* Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
* Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
* Fever with a rash

In adults, emergency warning signs that need urgent medical attention include:

* Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
* Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen
* Sudden dizziness
* Confusion
* Severe or persistent vomiting

Doctors will do a swab test to se if you have the flu. If you have Type A influenza the sample will be sent to the cdc to see if it is the swine flu.  (+ info)

Why is swine flu so widespread in Canada, the US and the UK compared to mainland Europe?

There are so few cases in France, Germany and even Spain compared to the US, UK and Canada. Do mainland European countries have different definitions of when people have contracted swine flu? Or do they just have better healthcare/hygiene? It seems like English-speaking countries are the worst hit.

Well gee, maybe it's because it started in Mexico and Canada and the US are on the same continent as Mexico? As for other countries, maybe they just aren't as open about reporting the numbers as Canada, the US, and UK.

H1N1 isn't actually that big of a deal. The media blew it way out of proportion. Far more people die every year from regular, seasonal influenza.

45 people have died in Canada from H1N1. Anywhere between 4000-8000 Canadians die ANUALLY from the regular flu and its complications.

Worldwise just over 700 people have died from H1N1. Anywhere between 250,000-500,000 people worldwide die ANUALLY from the regular flu.  (+ info)

What are the differences between swine flu and seasonal flu?

Is swine flu as deadly as they claim it to be.Could the vaccine be more deadly than the vaccine itself as some claim it to be?I feel like there has not been enough research on this new vaccine about side affects for the people instead of using it on people before further research of using on rats first instead of people? Has any one survived the swine flu?Opinions welcomed.

The swine flu can only be contracted through intercourse with a pig.

While the seasonal flu in spread in more traditional manners  (+ info)

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