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Stomach Flu (Overview)

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 fever and chills occur.


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Stomach flu treatment?

Stomach flu treatment?

Gastroenteritis: 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. ...Read more

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Stomach Flu (Overview)

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 fever and chills occur.


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Upset stomach,nausea,body aches,cough,headache an chills. Stomach flu or influenza?

Upset stomach,nausea,body aches,cough,headache an chills. Stomach flu or influenza?

Hard to say: without running some tests . Best to get treated by your family physician to come to a specific diagnosis and treatment plans . ...Read more

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Treating the Stomach Flu (Checklist)

See a doctor if you are vomiting/defecating uncontrollably
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Hydrate yourself to keep up with fluid loss; water is best
Daily
Practice good hand washing to help prevent the spread of stomach viruses
Daily
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Stomach virus. Signs?

Stomach virus. Signs?

Stomach virus signs: Enteric viruses, at least the self-limited kind, typically cause: nausea, queasiness, diarrhea, abdominal cramping. Of course, these are non-specific symptoms that can be attributed to almost any acute insult to the gut (regardless of mild or severe). Persistent symptoms, bleeding, dehydration, unremitting vomiting, progressive abdominal pain deserve immediate medical attention & treatment. ...Read more

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How does stomach flu start?

How does stomach flu start?

GI upset: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. ...Read more

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Preventing the Flu (Checklist)

Get plenty of sleep
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Avoid coming into contact with sick people
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Avoid touching your face before washing your hands
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But is diarrhea a required symptom of stomach flu?

But is diarrhea a required symptom of stomach flu?

Not at first: When you first get "a stomach flu bug", your gut may protest it by trying to shut down altogether. In this stage you feel the nausea and vomiting, because stuff just does not want to go through. It's usually later that the body tries to "wash out the virus" by dumping more fluids in the gut to try and wash out the virus - and then boom, diarrhea. So early on you may not poop at all. ...Read more

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Could the flu cause stomach upset and diarrhea?

Could the flu cause stomach upset and diarrhea?

Yes: The influenza virus certainly can cause both respiratory and GI symptoms. Viral infections can only be treated symptomatically and hopefully, your immune system with resolve this problem. ...Read more

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How long should these symptoms of stomach flu last in a healthy 25 year old?

How long should these symptoms of stomach flu last in a healthy 25 year old?

VIRAL INFECTION: Viral infections are self limited to a few days to a week. Make sure patient does not become dehydrated. ...Read more

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Headache, feeling cold, upset stomach?

Viral illness: Give this time. Treat symptoms and rest and stay hydrated. If you get a high fever, stiff neck, sensitive to light, confused, see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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Chills fever stomach ache throwing up?

Chills fever stomach ache throwing up?

Many causes: There are many causes of fever/chills, abdominal pain, and vomiting. Food poisoning is the most likely. Is this possible? If it is not possible, then you will want to be checked on for important causes like appendicitis. This sounds important. It is never wrong to check into the ER for this kind of case, although if it is obviously food poisoning (others may have it too) you may be alright. ...Read more

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Stomach upset pain?

Stomach upset  pain?

Any more info 4 us?: What is your question, and... Where in the abdomen is the location of your symptoms? What is the quality, intensity, duration, and timing of your pain? What prompts the onset of symptoms and what maneuvers/ meals/ position makes it better? These are the questions a doctor needs answered before we can provide you a meaningful response. Thanks for helping us help you. ...Read more

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Intestinal flu and diarreha like coffee grinds?

Intestinal flu and diarreha like coffee grinds?

Serious.: When you have "coffee ground stool", blood has been digested, which means the bleeding is happening fairly high up in your intestines, not down where the hemorrhoids would cause bright red blood. This kind of bleeding is serious, and you need to be seen for it when you read this answer. Call your family doc or go to the local er/urgent care. ...Read more

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Could the flu shot cause a stomach ache?

Influenza Vacccine: Stomach Ache was not listed on any of the articles that I reviewed. The flu shot has inactivated virus- so it will not infect you with the flu. If you have reactions to the shot they usually resolve within one to two days. Side effects can include a low grade fever, aches & pain, and localized swelling, redness and pain at the shot site. Some people have had allergic reactions to the flu vaccine. ...Read more

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What are the tests for stomach flu?

What are the tests for stomach flu?

Usually none: Stomach flu is usually caused by a virus. There are many viruses that can cause it, and they are quite contagious. The good news is that it goes away on its own and doesn't generally need special testing or treatment (other than making sure you don't get dehydrated!) prolonged vomiting (more than a couple days) or prolonged diarrhea (more than a couple weeks) should prompt a visit to the doctor. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have stomach flu.?

Gastroenteritis: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. Your physician can confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can stomach discomfort be stomach flu, virus, anxiety related?

Can stomach discomfort be stomach flu, virus, anxiety related?

It can be all these: Yes it can present as all these symptoms and more. ...Read more

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Stomach ulcers outside stomach due to herniated stomach?

Stomach ulcers outside stomach due to herniated stomach?

Hiatus hernia: Some people call it hiatal hernia, when the top part of the stomach slides into the chest cavity. This part of the stomach still has acid and can have ulcer but now with acid there, there is nothing to prevent acid from causing ulcer and irritation in the esophagus. See your doctor and get referral to GI for proper evaluation and treatment and even surgery if needed. ...Read more

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Stomach flu starting Wednesday night. Still having bouts of diarrhea, lots of stomach pains, cramping, gas, loud stomach noises and movements. ?

Stomach flu starting Wednesday night. Still having bouts of diarrhea, lots of stomach pains, cramping, gas, loud stomach noises and movements. ?

Stomach flu: It does sound about right for a viral gastroenteritis. Rest, hydrate, and nourish yourself with easily digestible foods like applesauce, rice, and bananas for now. If you are unable to stay hydrated, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Why stomach flu associate with headache?

Why stomach flu associate with headache?

See below: Headaches are a general symptom of many viral illnesses, even stomach (GI) illnesses. This is due to the viral load triggering the general inflammatory response and with a stomach bug, if vomiting and diarrhea, could also be due to dehydration as well. Keep hydrated, and pain meds as needed. ...Read more

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Does anal mucus mean a temporary stomach flu problem, or a worse disorder?

Does anal mucus mean a temporary stomach flu problem, or a worse disorder?

Steps to take: If you have mucus in your stools.Referral for colonoscopy /sigmoidoscopy if you have rectal bleeding, night time abdominal pain, weight loss, anemia.If you have mucus +diarrhea-stool cultures to rule out GI infection.Lactose intolerance shd be considered to modify diet, need also to rule out celiac , ibs (inflammatory bowel disease), usually with yellow mucus.Be sure to see your doctor. ...Read more

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How do physicians treat stomach flu?

If a person becomes: Seriously dehydrated they may need intravenous hydration. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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Experiencing upper stomach spasms, diarrhea n chills.

Experiencing upper stomach spasms, diarrhea n chills.

The symptoms of: Stomach Flu (Viral Gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever.
Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip often to prevent dehydration. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine,& caffeine. ...Read more

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Stomach flu treatment?

Gastroenteritis: 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. ...Read more

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How to cure stomach flu?

How to cure stomach flu?

Stomach Flu: It tends to run it's course. Be gentle with your GI tract. Start with clear liquid like water, soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Work up to solids with bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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How to get rid of stomach flu fast?

How to get rid of stomach flu fast?

Supportive care: Since stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) is a virus, there's nothing that kills it. However, taking electrolyte-rich fluids, a bland low-sugar/high fat diet, and rest helps with the symptoms and keeps you hydrated. Probiotics also help your intestines recover. I hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Any drug interactions with losartan 100mg and zofran (ondansetron)? Husband is on losartan for high blood pressure and has stomach flu.

Any drug interactions with losartan 100mg  and zofran (ondansetron)? Husband is on losartan for high blood pressure and has stomach flu.

Drug interactions: You can use a drug interaction checker whenever you have questions about drug-drug interactions or drug - food interactions. Here is 1 option (Drugs.Com): https://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.php Your pharmacist is also a good source of info. ...Read more

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Will the morning after pill work if you have stomach flu or other diarrheal disease?

Will the morning after pill work if you have stomach flu or other diarrheal disease?

Pill with stomachflu: I would always ask your ob-gyn or pharmacist also, but as long as you are able to keep the medicine down and not vomit it up ( for at least an hour) , an oral medicine should be absorbed ok. ...Read more

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Could I have cardiomyopathy after the stomach flu? How would I know?

Could I have cardiomyopathy after the stomach flu? How would I know?

It could happen: But your chances are overwhelmingly in favor of doing fine. A lot of gastro-intestinal viruses can cause cardiomyopathy but it is usually a combination of the bug and the patient's genetic predisposition of developing the disease. Symptoms can be very non-specific like palpitations, shortness of breath and increased fatigueability. The diagnosis can be made with an echocardiogram. See your doc. ...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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Gastroenteritis (Definition)

A condition in which a person has vomiting and diarrhea due to an infection with a "stomach flu" virus. It is contagious, and usually resolves without treatment except for over-the-counter remedies or ...Read more


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