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Clayton, NC
A 46-year-old female asked:

What are the symptoms of the stomach virus? how long do you have it? and what to do to get well?

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Dr. Steven Ferguson
General Practice 37 years experience
Usually 24 to 48 h: A stomach virus can be caused by many different bugs /viruses. It can be as mild as a little stomach cramping to severe cramping with violet vomiting with diarrhea.. Many times a person refers to a stomach virus as food poisoning. Most of the stomach viruses usually pass in 24 to 48 hours. Drink plenty of fluids, if you're having vomiting or diarrhea you'll need even more fluid. Possibly even a sports nutritional drink to replenish your body with some of the electrolytes it's losing in the diarrhea and the nausea and vomiting. You can also try one of the over-the-counter medications that help with nausea and vomiting and diarrhea. You'll probably want to avoid any significant food intake during this time. Fluids are the most important at this time not food.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How long will it take to show symptoms after catching a stomach virus/stomach bug?

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Dr. Stephen Storfer
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Generally 2-3 days: The actual incubation period depends on the virus but in general the time between exposure and symptoms with an intestinal virus is 48-72 hours.
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Middletown, CT
A male asked:

When you get a a stomach virus, are the symptoms caused by an inflammatory response to the virus or feom the virus itself?

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Dr. Scott Diede
A Verified Doctoranswered
31 years experience
Interesting question: Many of the symptoms of viruses, be they GI viruses or respiratory viruses, are a direct result of the body's response (like inflammation) to the virus. The virus itself does little from a symptomatic point of view, though without it, your body would not be reacting to help kill it off.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

How long does a stomach virus last for?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine 20 years experience
Depends: It depends on the type of "food poisoning", the degree of infection, and any other chronic medical conditions you may have.
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Belfry, KY
A 22-year-old male asked:

How to keep from getting stomach virus?

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Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 38 years experience
Wash hands: Good handwashing is the number one way to prevent infection transmitted by hand to hand contact. Try not to share foods or silverware and dishes if you know someone is ill and, stay away from people who are sick, .
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Last updated Feb 1, 2017

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