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A 21-year-old female asked:

what can you do to help a stomach flu?

6 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Fluids: Drink plenty of fluids, to stay hydrated. If you vomit or have diarrhea, replace the fluids lost. Make sure you urinate every 4-6 hours. Let it run its course and keep up with fluid losses.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Keep hydrated: Stomach flu is not a specific diagnosis, but a set of symptoms like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The treatment would depend on the dominant symptom. However, you need to make sure that you keep hydrated. The so-called stomach flu is usually self-limited.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Accurate diagnosis?: Hard to pinpoint a response, since your question is so nonspecific. Can't even be sure you have a "stomach flu." you may want to consider: what you ate at the time of symptom onset, the location of your symptoms, accompanying distress, exposures to sick individuals, stressors. Definitely see your doctor if symptoms worsen or persist, ; particularly if associated with "alarm signs.".
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Gastroenteritis.: 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, dairy ; high fat foods. Rest.
Dr. Steven Hill
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Rest: Most viruses causing GI problems last inly a few days, drinking lots of fluids and rest are best.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Stomach flu: 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.

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How common is the stomach flu?

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Dr. Andrew Gentry
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Very common: Stomach flu refers to the virus spread from vomit and diarrhea if you remember the cruise ship issues of several years ago that was a virus.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Help on "stomach flu" or viral gastroenteritis please! on the road without meds?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
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Flu on the road: Stomach flu. If you're on the road, i will assume you have access to a drug store at least for over-the-counter medications. For nausea, otc antihismanines like dramamine or Meclizine should help. For the diarrhea, otc immodium works very well. Otherwise, drink plenty of fluids, rest, and eat as much of a healthy diet as you can (you will recover faster). Tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever.
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Help please? How long does a stomach flu last?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
That depends....: According to the cdc, viral gastroenteritis usually has a duration of 1 to 10 days (depending on the specific virus).
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Can you tell me how I could help to cure my stomach flu as soon as possible?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not a cure -: 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, dairy & high fat foods. Rest.
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What to do if I have stomach flu, please help!?

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Stomach flu: 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, dairy & high fat foods. Rest.

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