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A 41-year-old member asked:

how common is the stomach flu?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Gentry
Gastroenterology 20 years experience
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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Quite common: It is most often communicated through contaminated water or food.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

How do physicians treat stomach flu?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Fluids, rest, meds: We use medications to treat nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. We advise oral fluids and electrolytes to prevent dehydration. We suggest a bland, low fat diet, and avoidance of caffeine, alcohol, aspirin, and nsaids such as Ibuprofen and naproxen. If unable to retain fluids, then a trip to the emergency department may be necessary. If it lasts more than 10 days, see a doctor.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long would the normal stomach flu take to develop in your system and start showing symptoms.?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Gary Gottlieb
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
6--10 days: The "incubation period" for most common gastrointestinal viral illnesses is 6-10 days. Cerain viruses, such as hepatitis a and b viruses, can take up to 6 months from infection to onset of symptoms.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How long do stomach flu germs live on plastic and wood like in a cosmetic closet, is 5-6 months enough to kill?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Norovirus, which causes outbreaks of stomach flu on cruise ships and in nursing homes, also affects many people in other settings. Studies have shown that on dry surfaces, without food residue, vomit residue, etc..., the viruses are dead after about 30 days (can be sooner) without disinfectant. Norovirus spreads easily because a very small number surviving virus particles can infect a person.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are common causes of gastroenteritis (stomach flu)?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Several : This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what are common indicators of the stomach flu?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Symptoms: The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever.

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