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What are the most common contagious GI issues?

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Dr. Michelle Gibson James

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Posted on Wed, 1 Jun 2016 in Digestion and Bowels
Question: What are the most common Contagious GI issues ?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 57 minutes later
Brief Answer:
viral or bacterial gastroenteritis , hepatitis viruses

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

The most common contagious GI conditions would be bacterial and viral infections of the GI tract though parasitic infection can also occur in some areas

Viral infections would include those virus that are associated with acute short term episodes of vomiting/diarrhea such rotavirus, norovirus, adenovirus etc.
These are transmitted with contact with vomit or stool that may remain on persons who are infected if appropriate handwashing is not done.

Hepatitis viruses are also common as well particularly hepatitis b, hepatitis a, hepatitis c. Hepatitis b and c can sometimes cause long term problems.
Hepatitis a is spread through the stool , hepatitis b is spread by any bodily fluid (blood, semen, childbirth), hepatits c is blood borne.

Bacterial gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhea caused by a bacteria)- mainly caused by salmonella, shigella and campylobacter

These are the most common GI contagious infections

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Michelle Gibson James 57 minutes later
Of the last three bacterial ones, are they somethting your body can fight off or dose it need attention from medicine ?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 9 hours later
Brief Answer:
shigella and salmonella require antibiotics usually

Detailed Answer:
HI

Sorry about the late reply

Salmonella and shigella are usually treated with antibiotics, though some doctors do not treat the salmonella in this way .Treatment of campylobacter with antibiotics is controversial.
In general , with campylobacter, antibiotics are used if - high fever, bloody stools, no improvement or worsening of symptoms, more than 8 bowel movements a day, symptoms lasting more than 1 week.

Please feel free to ask anything else
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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